How to Influence Environmental Policy at a Community Level Through Conflict Resolution
What Is Environmental Conflict Resolution?
- All affected stakeholders are willing to collaborate.
- The parties involved have decision-making authority.
- Appropriate time and resources are available.
- The issue is suitable for discussion.
Navigating Environmental Conflict As a Community Member and Organizer
- Data.gov: hub for open-source federal data, tools and resources hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration.
- EPA Data Gateway: Environmental Protection Agency’s open data catalogue that includes federal and regional datasets.
- EPA Geospatial Applications: collection of the EPA’s location-based data sources, including air and water quality metrics and neighborhood-specific environmental data.
- Transportation and Health Indicators: data from the U.S. Department of Transportation that measures how local transit affects the health outcomes of various populations.
- NEPAssist (PDF, 5.7 MB): tool to facilitate review processes that collects data from various sources and links them together in a defined area of interest.
- Environmental Law Institute Guidance & Policy collection: indexed collection of more than 4,00 federal agencies’ internal guidance documents.
Reaching a Compromise
- Why is that important to you?
- What would that solution accomplish?
- What changes would that solution make in your life?
- How to contact EPA ombudsman: a municipal ombudsman is a local resource for communities seeking to comply with the Clean Water Act.
- Better Decisions Through Consultation and Collaboration (PDF, 1.3 MB): guidebook from the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center includes best practices for public involvement in EPA activities.
- Locating EPA regional offices: map of the EPA’s regional offices and offices with a geographic focus, such as the Chesapeake Bay Program Office.