New Technology as a Tool for Improved Community Involvement, Collaboration and Policy Formation
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

John Senn, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Margaret Ford, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

Track: Technology, Tools and Innovations in ECR

Environmental policymakers, agencies and activists have begun to use “new technologies” like blogs, audio and video broadcasts, mapping and social networking sites to better communicate with and serve the public, which is increasingly using digital sources for information. EPA, especially in its Energy Star program and New York City and San Francisco regional offices, has begun to use these technologies in media, community involvement and collaboration settings. This session will demonstrate EPA’s foray into the world of new technology and discuss possible future applications of these tools for a variety of professionals.

Primary Target Audience(s): ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators • Government Staff (Federal, State, Local and Tribal)

Improving Communication and Conflict Resolution Using New Technology