Host Richard Mabion and Rich Gutowski will speak with their guests, Jeff Severin and Mark Hillenbrand. Jeff Severin was on EcoRadio KC a few months ago in September of 2023. He is presently Sr. Program Manager for the Heartland Environmental Justice Center, which is part of the Environmental Finance Center at Wichita State University. The Heartland Environmental Justice Center helps individuals, organizations, and institutions support underserved and disadvantaged communities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and adjoining Indigenous nations capitalize on their capacity to make meaningful advances towards environmental and energy equity.
Mark Hillenbrand was on our program a few weeks ago on October 16, 2023. He is Founder of Hedge Gate Hill. Hedge Gate Hill was created to leverage the years of experience in nonprofit, for-profit and governmental organizations of Mark Hillenbrand.
Each of those shows laid the foundation for the program we bring you today. The idea is that we can learn how to create jobs and provide training for skilled labor jobs so that work can be done to protect us from the onslaught of climate disruption. Let’s make healthier lives in neighborhoods that can use environmental justice. EPA has selected 16 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTACs) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy that will receive $177 million to help underserved and overburdened communities across the country. Each of the technical assistance centers will receive at least $10 million to remove barriers and improve accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns.
EPA has selected 16 EJ TCTACs in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy that will receive $177 million to help underserved and overburdened communities across the country. Each of the technical assistance centers will receive at least $10 million to remove barriers and improve accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns. With this critical investment, these centers will provide training and other assistance to build capacity for navigating federal grant application systems, writing strong grant proposals, and effectively managing grant funding. In addition, these centers will provide guidance on community engagement, meeting facilitation, and translation and interpretation services for limited English-speaking participants, thus removing barriers and improving accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns. Each of the technical assistance centers will also create and manage communication channels to ensure all communities have direct access to resources and information.
We are all in this together and it will take all of us to make the world safe for human habitation for millennia to come.
We at EcoRadio KC are glad to encourage awareness and protection of our world. Our goal is to ensure our listeners are aware of how we can create a sustainable present for a sustainable future!
This will be a great radio hour!
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