Community Capacity Building and Engagement
Emissions from ports disproportionately impact millions of people in nearby communities that are often comprised of low income and minority populations. EPA is working with community groups, non-profits, and ports to facilitate effective communication and engagement with the local communities at ports in decision-making processes that impact their lives.
Three capacity building and community engagement tools have been developed as outlined below. Additionally, pilot testing using the tools is planned over the coming months.
Draft Ports Primer for Communities
An Overview of Ports Planning and Operations to Support Community Participation
- The role of ports,
- How ports can impact local land use, economic trends and th environment, and
- Tools and resources that have been successful in other communities.
Draft Community Action Roadmap
Empowering Near-Port Communities
The Community Action Roadmap: Empowering Nearport Communities provides a step-by-step guide to help near-port communities effectively engage in port decisions that may impact local land use, environmental health and quality of life. This Community Action Roadmap supplements the companion document, a Ports Primer for Communities.
Environmental Justice Primer for Ports
The Good Neighbor Guide to Building Partnerships and Social Equity with Communities
Environmental Justice Primer for Ports is intended to help port decision-makers better understand the needs of near-port communities and how they can help address these needs and build productive community relationships during planning activities and operations. This tool features case studies that reflect a range of port experiences including ports with extensive community engagement experience and those just starting to interact with nearby communities.The