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People living and working near ports across the country will breathe cleaner air and live better lives as a result of bold steps taken through a collaboration of industry, government and communities to improve environmental performance and increase economic prosperity.
August 2020 (Vol. 5, Ed. 6)
EPA Ports Initiative Newsletter

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This newsletter highlights several recently released training resources and case studies for pilot projects conducted in three communities that are designed to enhance community-port collaboration. 
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EPA Develops Training Modules and Resources for Community-Port Collaboration

_Community-Port Training Training on Community-Port Collaboration Toolkit,  Community Benefits Agreements, and Pilot Projects

Community-Port Collaboration Toolkit Training

The new Community-Port Collaboration Toolkit training modules are designed to introduce each tool with options for exploring more or less detail depending on the allotted time for training as outlined in the Training Facilitators Resource. Community leaders, port operators, local governments and other goods movement industries are key audiences for this training that is designed for 15-30 participants to allow for interactive discussion. Links to the Toolkit training resources in Word and PowerPoint format are below.
The Community-Port Collaboration Toolkit is designed to help communities and port operators develop collaboration skills and to enhance understanding of stakeholders' priorities and challenges associated with port-related activities. The Toolkit includes the Ports Primer for Communities, the Community Action Roadmap, and the Environmental Justice (EJ) Primer for Ports along with associated training materials and worksheets. 

Community Benefits Agreement Training

Community benefits agreement (CBA) training seeks to help participants learn the basics of CBAs, develop a shared language for communicating community concerns, and engage in dialogue around lessons learned from other similar CBA processes. The training material includes the following Word and PowerPoint resources:
Community-Port Collaboration Training: Key Lessons from Pilot Projects

Training on the community-port collaboration pilot projects includes an overview of the pilots and key lessons learned. See the article below for more information.  
EPA Publishes Case Studies for Community-Port Collaboration Pilots
Seattle Pilot
Seattle Pilot Project
Case Studies Published for New Orleans, Savannah and Seattle Pilot Projects

Last year EPA completed community-port collaboration pilot projects in four communities: New Orleans, LA; Savannah, GA; Seattle, WA; and Providence, RI. These pilot projects helped to build stronger partnerships and equip port operators and community stakeholders with information, skills and tools to effectively develop and implement collaborative actions to improve air quality at ports. EPA provided technical assistance to the communities and ports that included the following:
  • Utilization of the Community-Port Collaboration Toolkit;
  • Conducting a needs assessment;
  • Developing a collaboration plan and building consensus;
  • Conducting site visits of communities and ports; and
  • Collaboration and goal-oriented meetings.

Case Studies 

Case studies of the pilot projects are now available (Providence, RI coming soon) that includes the following information.
  • Background of the project;
  • Technical assistance provided;
  • Pilot outcomes and accomplishments;
  • Lessons learned by communities and ports;
  • Next steps communities and ports are taking.
Below are links for more information and to access the case studies.

Key Lessons Learned From Community-Port Collaboration Pilots Projects

A training resource has been developed that stakeholders can use to understand the pilot projects and the eight key lessons learned from the pilots.

Coming Soon
Technical Resources