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Public involvement refers to the full range of activities that EPA uses to engage the American people in the Agency's decision-making process.

This site will help users understand:

A graphic of hands"My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."
–President Barack Obama, Transparency and Open Government Memorandum, January 21, 2009

What is public involvement? Why is it important to environmental decision-making ?
What are some of the terms that describe the range of public involvement activities?
Public involvement tools from EPA programs and regions and from other Federal agencies
Case Studies
Learn how other practitioners used specific tools to increase the effectiveness of their involvement activities
Collaborative Problem Solving
Find resources and tools to support collaboration.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
How ADR processes can help prevent - and when needed - resolve conflicts
Public Involvement Policy & Related Documents
EPA's groundbreaking policy, related documents and requirements for EPA programs
Feedback & Evaluation
Specific survey templates help you determine the effectiveness of your public involvement activities


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