Kickoff of EPA Capacity Building Pilot Project
On April 12th and 13th EPA convened a series of meetings involving the Port of New Orleans and near-port community organizations as the inaugural Near-port Community Capacity Building Pilot Project. Technical assistance is being provided by EPA to support effective engagement between ports and nearby communities and to promote development of collaborative solutions.
Through facilitated discussions with community leaders and port senior staff, both separately and jointly, participants characterized the concerns and challenges associated with goods movement. These stakeholders also identified goals for enhancing community/port relations and for improving local environmental conditions.
Community expertise was conveyed through participation by numerous organizations including:
- Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development
- Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
- Concerned Citizens of Melia
- Holy Cross Neighborhood Association
- New Orleans East
- 7th Ward Representative
The port-led waterside tour and the community-led tour of nearby neighborhoods were noted as excellent shared learning experiences and positioned participants to have effective dialogue and planning throughout this and upcoming additional site visits.
EPA's collaboratively-developed draft
capacity building tools
were utilized in conducting assessments during the site visit and will be extensively used and refined throughout implementation of the pilot project.
Future capacity building pilots are planned for
For more information, go to the Ports Initiative