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EPA to kick off National Community Involvement Conference in Denver

Release Date: 6/10/2004
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      What: Nearly 400 representatives from all levels of government, tribal organizations, community groups, academics and other stakeholders will gather in Denver next week for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s seventh annual National Community Involvement Conference. The conference theme is “Going the Extra Mile: Meeting Community Needs.” Participants will explore how community involvement can result in better environmental decisions.

Conference highlights include:
  • Colorado students will unveil murals that will be joined with an international mile-long children’s environmental mural project sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; 20 murals will be displayed at the conference
  • Panel discussions with government and community leaders and academic experts on the role of community involvement in watershed protection and on the new role of communities in environmental protection
  • A keynote address by Ed Marston, founder and editor emeritus of High Country News
  • Field trips to the South Platte watershed (Hayman burn area), Clear Creek watershed and Cherry Creek watershed, as well as Rocky Flats former nuclear weapons plant
  • Presentation of the Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award to a Caņon City-based nonprofit advocacy group
  • Training sessions to enhance participants collaborative and problem-solving skills to engage communities

When: Opening session begins at 8:15 a..m. Tuesday, June 15; conference runs through 12 noon Friday, June 18.

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1750 Welton Street, Denver (Imperial Ballroom, 2nd floor) .

For more information about the conference, please contact Jody Ostendorf at 303-312-7814. The complete conference schedule is online at