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