Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)
Here you will find publications as they relate to the Community for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. Additional publications will be added to the list as they become available.
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|The CARE Roadmap: 10-Step Plan to Improve Community Environment and Health (PDF) (20pp, 3.3 MB)
A method for communities to build collaborative partnerships and assess and address local risks.
|Community Guide to EPA's Partnership Programs (PDF) (41pp, 593 kb)
The first guide of EPA partnership programs targeted specifically at communities, such as those in the CARE program.
|Measurement Tips & Resources for Community Projects (PDF) (6pp, 409 kb)
Ways to measure progress made by community projects.
|Project Sustainability Checklist (PDF) (19pp, 2.5 MB)
Ways to ensure the project continues to improve the environment after the EPA CARE funding ends
|Promising Practices to Improve Community Performance and Sustainability (PDF) (29pp, 3.9 MB)
Successful practices used by 14 CARE communities to improve performance and sustainability.
|Promising Practices to Improve Community Performance and Sustainability: Part II, Tips for Better Care (PDF) (38pp, 8.9 MB)
This document describes 13 more promising practices and tips drawn from communities that participated in the CARE program’s collaborative process to find new ways to reduce risks and improve environmental quality while creating sustainable programs.
- CARE Brochure (PDF) (2pp,193k) - A handy tri-fold brochure describing the basics of CARE for a general audience.
- EPA Collaborative Community and Regional Programs Fact Sheet (PDF) (2pp, 128k) - A fact sheet describing and comparing various EPA financial assistance programs that support collaborative community and regional environmental protection.
Select Resources on Community-Based Environmental Protection
- Compendium of Tables that Summarize Available Tools (PDF) (21pp, 405 kb) - Tables that summarize key attributes of tools available to communities for gathering information and taking action on a variety of environmental issues.
- Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) - an innovative tool that allows communities and local governments to identify environmental health issues, rank local environmental health concerns, and prioritize environmental health program activities.
- Seven Cardinal Rules of Risk Communication (PDF) (2pp, 1.8 MB) - a brochure tip-sheet for any community environmental health practitioner.
- Evaluation of Community-Based Environmental Protection Projects: Accomplishments and Lessons Learned (PDF) (74pp, 863k) - an easy-to-read summary of recommendations and pit-falls from one of EPA's previous program for communities.
- Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place (PDF) (293pp, 10.0 MB) - a flexible toolbox for understanding the social dynamics involved in community-based efforts.
- Operations Manual for Hispanic Community-Based Organization (PDF) (64pp, 538k) - developed by the Forum on Hispanic Health and Safety with support from the US EPA, The National Safety Council, The Pan American Health Organization, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. This English-language Manual, while designed for Hispanic community-based organizations, has information that is broadly useful for many community-based, not-for profit organizations focusing on environmental and public health protection. The Manual provides helpful step-by-step guidance as well as listings of valuable resources and information.
- Community-Based Environmental Protection: A Resource Book for protecting Ecosystems and Communities (PDF) (144pp, 3.0 MB) - a "how-to" manual for any community-based effort.
- Evaluations of Third-party Facilitation and Alternative Dispute Resolution for CARE Communities - EPA’s Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center has provided such assistance to a number of CARE communities. These case studies describe how facilitation helped.
- Healthy Air for Northeast Denver Partnership (PDF) (4pp, 819k)
- Oneida County CARE Project (PDF) (4pp, 1.0 MB)
- West Oakland Collaborative (PDF) (4pp, 820k)
- Federal Grants Guide (PDF) (29pp, 543k) - a guide jointly developed by EPA, CDC and ATSDR on current funding opportunities available to groups interested in improving the environmental health of their communities.
|NAPA Evaluation of CARE
In May 2009, The National Academy of Public Administration completed a 3 year evaluation of the CARE program and concluded that the CARE model provides a solid, tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders. CARE partnerships reduced pollution in these communities; built local organizational capacity. To find out more, please read the report Putting Community First: A Promising Approach to Federal Collaboration for Environmental Improvement (PDF) (104pp, 2.4 MB)