Presentations

2018 Presentations

Speaker presentations from the 2018 Urban Waters National Training Workshop will be provided below. Please scroll down for presentations from the 2016 National Training Workshop.

 

2016 Presentations

Speaker presentations for the 2016 Urban Waters National Training Workshop are provided below, please note presentations were optional so not all speakers will have a presentation included below. Sessions are listed in order of the Workshop’s agenda.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Plenary – Perspectives on Urban Waters Partnerships and Future Directions

Opening Remarks: Benita Best-Wong, Director, US EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds/OW

  • Leslie Jones, Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, USDA
  • Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Mayor Jaqueline Goodall, Forest Heights, MD
  • Martin Suuberg, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

 

  • Stan Meiburg, Acting Deputy Administrator, US EPA
  • Cynthia Martinez, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Dr. Na’Taki Osbourne Jelks, Chair, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
  • Scott Steen, President & CEO, American Forests;

Moderator: Benita Best-Wong, Director, US EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds/OW

Engaging Elected Officials

  • Sven-Erik Kaiser, US EPA Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations

Session 1A: Crash Course in Understanding Environmental Justice – EJ 1.0

  • Mustafa Ali, US EPA Administrator’s Office
  • Dr. Marva King, US EPA Office of Environmental Justice
  • Matthew Tejada, US EPA Office of Environmental Justice
  • Moderator: Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice, Skeo

Session 2A: Can Green Infrastructure Provide Community-Based Solutions?  

  • Richard Dolesh, National Recreation and Parks Association
  • Erik Meyers, Conservation Fund
  • David Washington, Prince George’s County Clean Water Partnership
  • Tony Torrence, Community Improvement Association and Proctor Creek Stewardship Council
  • Moderator: Sheila Frace, Deputy Director, US EPA Office of Wastewater Management/OW

Session 3A: How Do You Build Effective Public Private Partnerships to Support Your Work? 

  • Judson Greif, US Water Alliance
  • Dave Ives, US Economic Development Administration
  • Jeff Lerner, American Forests
  • Lesly Melendez, Groundwork Lawrence
  • Sharon Bradley, Bradley Site Design
  • Moderator: David Lloyd, Director, US EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization/OLEM

Session 1B: Conversations with the Funding Partners of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

  • Carrie Clingan, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Leslie Cox, Southern Company
  • Mike Shaw, Wildlife Habitat Council
  • Angelina Yost, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Moderator: Dan Jirón, Associate Chief of US Forest Service

Session 2B: Effective Strategies for Working with Environmental Justice Communities – EJ 2.0  

  • Derrick Evans, Gulf Coast Community Initiative
  • Brenda Thomas, Marlborough Community Coalition
  • Sabrina Johnson, US EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality
  • Robert Garcia, City Project
  • Moderator: Michael Wenstrom, US EPA Region 8

Session 3B: Successful Partnering between National NGOs and Local Partners (Table Top Conversations) 

Representatives from National NGOs including American Forests, American Rivers, Arbor Day Foundation, Conservation Fund, Earth Force; National Recreation and Parks Association, National Wildlife Federation, River Network, Trust for Public Land, U.S. Water Alliance and Wilderness Inquiry

Moderator: Dave Evans, Deputy Director, US EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds/OW

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Plenary – Partnering with Community-based Organizations – Lessons from Philanthropy

  • Opening Remarks: Jeff Reinbold, Assistant Director for Partnerships and Civic Engagement, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
  • David Beckman, President, Pisces Foundation
  • Lois DeBacker, Managing Director, Kresge Foundation
  • Moderator: Mark Van Putten, President and CEO, Wege Foundation

Session 1C: Making a dollar go further: Ambassadors and the Triple Bottom Line 

  • Carol Armstrong, City of Los Angeles Mayor’s River Works
  • Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, Kresge Foundation
  • Lisa Pelstring, Department of the Interior and more to come!
  • Moderator: Pauline Louie, Los Angeles River Watershed Ambassador

Session 2C: Addressing Public Health Challenges  

  • Dr. Hector Villanueva, HealthmedPro, Puerto Rico
  • Florence Fulk, US EPA Office of Research and Development
  • Dr. Erica Holloman, Southeast CARE Community Coalition
  • Hannah Kett, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
  • Moderator: Peter Grevatt, Director, US EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water/OW

Session 3C: Crash Course in Understanding Environmental Justice – EJ 1.0
(this is a repeat offering to ensure everyone can participate in one of these sessions.)

  • Mustafa Ali, US EPA Administrator’s Office
  • Dr. Marva King, US EPA Office of Environmental Justice
  • Matthew Tejada, US EPA Office of Environmental Justice
  • Moderator: Michael Wenstrom, US EPA Region 8

Participants Choice

Session 1D: Building an Effective Program: How’d they do it? Lessons Learned 

Session 2D: How to Build a Broader, More Diverse, More Culturally Competent Coalition

  • Jamie Baxter, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network
  • Chante Coleman, Choose Clean Water Coalition
  • Elise Bruner, Blue Water Baltimore
  • Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition
  • Moderator: Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice, Skeo

Session 3D: Lessons from Other Place-Based Partnerships

Session 1E: What Social Science Research is Telling Us – Nexus Between Health, Nature and Community Quality of Life  (North)

  • Michelle Kondo, US Forest Service
  • Natalie Johnson, Northwest Indiana Urban Waters Ambassador
  • Dwane Jones, University of the District of Columbia
  • Cassandra Johnson Gaither, US Forest Service Southern Research Station
  • Moderator: Carl Lucero, the Director of Landscape Restoration and Ecosystem Services Research, US Forest Service

Session 2E: Citizen Science, Monitoring and Engaging Youth  (South)

  • Fred Tutman, Patuxent River Keeper
  • Lynn Youngblood, Blue River Watershed Association
  • Michelle Luebke, Bronx River Alliance
  • Moderator: Betsy Southerland, Director, US EPA Office of Science and Technology/OW

Session 3E: The Need for Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Lance Davisson, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
  • Ed Reyes, former Los Angeles City Councilor
  • Joe Rieger, Elizabeth River Project
  • Lorisa Smith, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Moderator: Donna Myers, Chief, Office of Water Quality, US Geological Survey

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Plenary – Authentic Community Engagement

  • Opening Remarks: Adam Kent, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Michael Brady, South Bronx Overall Development Corp. (SOBRO) Port Morris – Harlem River, Bronx, NY
  • Katrina Lashley, Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum
  • Deborah Scott, Georgia Stand-Up
  • Mathy Stanislaus, US EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management
  • Moderator: Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice, Skeo