UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance and AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange partner to launch a cohort of community science projects in Wisconsin

EPIC-N brings international partner to support Community Science projects. By Ada Inman Following the public announcement of their partnership, EPIC-N and the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) engaged one the EPIC Model programs, the University of Wisconsin’s UniverCity Alliance (UCA) to launch a pilot cohort of community science projects in Wisconsin. UCA, TEX, and […]

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Forrest Williams connects his student experience to his local government career to develop comprehensive plan

Forrest Williams Community Development DirectorCity of Caldwell, Texasfwilliams@caldwelltx.govOffice: 979.567.3271 EXT. 107Instagram: @caldwelltexasForrest’s LinkedIn Favorite Place Davidson Creek Park is my favorite place in Caldwell, I enjoy taking my dogs on walks in the park and going on a nice run around the park and throughout town. Davidson Creek Park in a 95 acre park in […]

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Amanda Torres plans with resilience in mind following her partnership with Texas A&M’s Texas Target Communities

Amanda Torres, MPA, CFM Senior City Planner,City of Corpus Christi – Planning Division, TexasAmandaT@cctexas.com Favorite Place My favorite places around Corpus Christi and Rockport are its bayfront areas. Both are iconic places loved by locals and tourists alike. Who doesn’t love a water view? How did you first learn about EPIC-N? I learned about EPIC-N […]

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Partnership between the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and EPIC-N Continues for a Second Year

By Jules Seay and Marshall Curry The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development and EPIC-N have entered the second year of their partnership! The partnership formally began in July 2020, and this year will continue:   Advancing campus-community partnerships to support environmental, public health, and revitalization efforts  Researching, understanding, and […]

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EPIC-N’s inaugural Communities of Practice in motion and creating meaningful collaboration

EPIC-N’s Rural and Assessment Community of Practice groups are off to a great start! Following their launch in fall 2021, members of the EPIC-Network inaugural communities of practice (COP) have convened bi-weekly to discuss best practices, personal experiences, and questions regarding their topic. The Rural COP is co-led by Megan Banks of the University of […]

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Bonita C. Johnson fosters the integration of environmental justice, climate justice, and equity in EPA programs while mentoring participating US EPA interns

Bonita C. Johnson, MS-MPA is a senior physical scientist in the Water Division of Region 4 in Atlanta,
GA. Bonita has established 58 academic-community partnership projects in EPA Regions 4, 6, and 7
through her service in the EPA College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP). In 2021,
she completed 24 academic-community partnership projects and provided underserved communities
comprised of approximately 549,963 residents with access to multiple avenues of support from academic
institutions to address environmental, economic, and social issues that impact their quality of life. Her
current portfolio includes facilitating her CUPP initiated collaborative partnership projects for communities
with environment justice concerns in North Port St. Joe, Florida; Africatown, Alabama; and the
Gullah/Geechee Nation of St. Helena Island, South Carolina. These coastal communities share common
issues including storm surges and hurricanes, flooding, uninhabitable houses and businesses, adverse
environmental impacts from industries, air and water quality concerns, erosion and sea level rise, and
loss of economy. Bonita also serves as the Water Division Environmental Justice Co-Lead, and Co-Chair
of the Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Environmental Justice, Regional IWG Committee
that works collaboratively with committee members from federal agencies to promote and implement
innovative and comprehensive solutions to address environmental justice issues; to develop partnerships
with academic institutions to assist in providing long-term technical assistance to overburdened
communities; and to foster a coordinated approach to delivering federal support and technical assistance
to improve local community sustainability. […]

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Jason Sutedja analyzes examples of urban planning, environmental justice, and resilience in the EPIC-N Project Database via the US EPA internship

Jason Sutedja is pursuing a Sociology B.A. and a Public Affairs B.A. at University of California, Los Angeles. Jason is looking forward to expanding my knowledge on sustainable urban planning, environmental justice, and resilience while working alongside EPA Office of Research and Development reviewing and analyzing the EPIC-N Project Database. […]

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Luci Newsom builds features in the EPIC-N Project Database via the US EPA internship

Luci Newsom is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University studying urban planning with a minor in environmental studies. I currently live in Williamsburg, VA, where most of my time is spent working at my internships (one with a private planning firm and this one with the EPA) or doing schoolwork. When I do have free time, I like to do outdoor activities and hang out with friends on my campus. […]

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