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Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

Enhanced Public Involvement Website

Why visit EPA’s public involvement web site? (https://www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement)

If you haven’t looked at EPA’s public involvement web pages for a while, now is a good time to visit.  The site is updated, has a new look, additional material and new tools to help practitioners improve their efforts and effectiveness.  You will still find an introduction to public involvement at EPA, including definitions; case studies; tool kits, manuals and documents; requirements and policies, and links to useful materials of other government and private sector organizations.

The new materials include downloadable, OMB-approved surveys (https://www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement/feedback) you can use to  learn how people attending your public involvement activities view them.  With their feedback, you won’t have to wonder; you can find out what works, what doesn’t and how to improve your sessions.  

You can also download copies of ten “how to” public involvement brochures (https://www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement/brochures) on planning and budgeting, technical/financial assistance, providing information, conducting involvement and consultation, using input and providing feedback, evaluating, involving environmental justice communities, improving public meetings and hearings, and overcoming barriers to effective public involvement.  There are also links to order copies (single or multiple) of each of these materials. 

You’ll also find the Public Involvement Resources and Training (PIRT) database (https://www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement/pirtdatabase). Find PIRT's 700+ entries describing and linking to print materials, training courses and conferences.


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