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Presentation at the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on September 20, 2019

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Myra schwartz gcc 2019

  1. 1. Massachusetts Green Careers Conference, September 20th Water Quality and Nature-Based Approaches Myra Schwartz , Environmental Planner, Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division, (formerly with) the Assistance & Pollution Prevention Office, Environmental Protection Agency
  2. 2. What I’ll be speaking about Intros Overview of EPA Mission & Organization What’s the problem and how can Nature Based/Green Infrastructure approaches address them Examples of EPA projects-Rain garden trainings/installations-Opportunities and applications for these approaches: How these approaches achieve stakeholder involvement with elected officials, residents, and government staff, environmental and neighborhood groups Trends I foresee in the job world-”Green Jobs” Resources and EPA jobs Questions/Answers
  3. 3. My bio • Education: Environmental Planner, MA in Regional Planning (MRP), U. of MA, Amherst, Concentration: Water Resources Planning • BA Political Science, U. of Denver • MA in Teaching, Oakland U., Teacher Corps • Working in field for 38 years: EPA: 28 years-primarily public agencies (including DEP and HUD) in the areas of watershed protection, stormwater management, Green Infrastructure & resiliency planning; sustainable practices; and environmental compliance and assistance.
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 EPA mission-To protect human health and the environment
 • EPA works to ensure that: • Americans have clean air, land and water; • National efforts to reduce environmental risks are based on the best available scientific information; • Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are administered and enforced fairly, effectively and as Congress intended; • Environmental stewardship is integral to U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy; • All parts of society--communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks; • Contaminated lands and toxic sites are cleaned up by potentially responsible parties and revitalized; and • Chemicals in the marketplace are reviewed for safety.
  5. 5. How Boston Region I (New England) is Organized 5
  7. 7. Stakeholders and agencies we typically work with • Federal: FEMA, HUD, National Park Service, Federal facilities • State: NE State regulatory and environmental protection agencies • Municipal: CEOs, DPWs, Conservation commissions, Community Development offices • Regional Planning agencies • Universities • Non-Profit groups: watershed/watershed councils, neighborhood groups, and Groundwork USA • Professional organizations/Trade groups 7
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  15. 15. Examples of Green Infrastructure Practices 15 Green roofs Rain Gardens Disconnecting down spouts Planting Trees Rain Barrels Permeable Pavement
  16. 16. What is a rain garden? • Short answer: a depression in the landscape designed to collect and infiltrate stormwater
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  18. 18. Rain Garden trainings
  19. 19. Rain Garden Training, Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT 19 Collaborations: Zoo, City’s Office of Community Development, Parks Depts, Office of Small Business, and Mayor’s office-B-Green Initiative Instructors/Designers: Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, & University and the University of CT NEMO (Non-Point Education for Municipal Officials) program
  20. 20. Rain garden training/ installation Classical Magnet School, Hartford, CT Collaborations: City of Hartford Parks Dept, MDC, and Mayor’s office-Green Infrastructure Green Capitols Initiative; State Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection; Park River Watershed Group; and school staff & students Instructors/Designers: University of CT NEMO (Non- Point Education for Municipal Officials) program & Rutgers University Cooperative Extension
  21. 21. Rhode Island Residential Rain Garden Training
 •Collaborations: University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension, RI Stormwater Solutions project, RI Department of Transportation (provided funding), & RI Dept of Environmental Management (DEM) •Community groups: Groundwork Providence •Instructors/Designers: Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, & University of CT NEMO (Non-Point Education for Municipal Officials) program
  22. 22. Synergy Rain Garden Training Leveraging: Other agency/NGO resources -Universities: -Cooperative Extensions -NEMO -Rutgers-USDA -Groundwork USA --YouthBuild USA - EPA Initiatives: GI Green Jobs EJ CARE City Initiatives: Hartford Green Infrastructure Initiatives: Green Capitols Worcester Rain Garden Initiative Bridgeport B-Green Initiative EPA Funding: EJ Grant RARE
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  27. 27. GITAR
 Green Infrastructure Tools & Resources Database FIND WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION Planner Justify Budget Economic Benefits: $ Value Microsoft Excel Maine Who are you? What do you need? How do you need it? What do you know? Where are you?
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  31. 31. How to Apply for EPA Jobs •Virtually all EPA jobs, including paid internships, are posted online through . You can use USAJobs to upload your resume, browse open EPA positions, and apply for jobs across the United States. 31 Useful Links/Contacts: USAJobs: Federal Jobs Classifications and Qualifications: qualifications/ Resume Writing: USAJobs “Most Effective Resumes”: index.php/Most_Effective_Resumes USAJobs resume writing video: v=8YX7o1PBoFk Interviewing: USAJobs Interview Tips: Interviewing_Tips Federal Occupations by College Major: Federal_Occupations_by_College_Major EPA: Jason Grazick: , 617-918-1050
  32. 32. Thank You! Myra Schwartz| U.S. EPA , Land, Chemicals & Redevelopment Division,, 617-918-1696

  33. 33. Questions?