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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

I haven't looked at this book, but this document may be of interest to
Michigan governments and government watchers.  AW

RELEASE DATE:  Friday June 15, 2001
Contact:        Dorothy Morrison  202/962-3585
Leola Abraham      202/962-3576

ICMA Publishes Guidebook for Local Governments and Communities to Develop
Environmental Justice Policies and Practices

        WASHINGTON, D.C.-The International City/County Management
(ICMA) has published a guidebook for local government officials and
groups. The guidebook outlines steps that local entities can take toward
developing successful policies and practices to address existing
justice issues in order to avoid future instances.  The publication,
Righting the Wrong: A Model Plan for Environmental Justice in Brownfields
Redevelopment, can be adapted to address a number of service delivery and
social equitability issues.

Righting the Wrong is the result of a three-year pilot project that
the City of Clearwater, Florida, and that city's community groups, two
universities including the University of South Florida's Center for
Brownfields, and Florida A&M University's Center for Environmental Equity
Justice. ICMA, the City of Clearwater staff, community stakeholders, and
universities collaborated to identify environmental justice issues within
brownfields neighborhoods in the city. These stakeholders then conducted
outreach and education about brownfields and, environmental justice issues,
solicited widespread participation from community members, and developed an
action agenda that is being implemented to address those issues.

Clearwater's environmental justice plan is the first of its kind in the
The plan outlines steps for a range of stakeholders groups to conduct
and education, develop consensus, and address the inter-related issues of
environmental justice. The ICMA guidebook, and Clearwater's plan emphasizes
importance of participation by all stakeholders in the process of
social equitability issues.

Righting the Wrong: A Model Plan for Environmental Justice in Brownfields
Redevelopment can be purchased for $19.95 by calling the ICMA distribtion
center at 1-800/745-8780, or oby visitingICMA's online bookstore at
http://bookstore.icma.org, please reference product number 42637.

About ICMA
        The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is the
86-year-old association of professional city and county managers and other
appointed officials dedicated to promoting excellence in local government.
ICMA represents nearly 8,000 members and more than 5,000 local
throughout the world.  The Association provides technical and management
assistance, training, online services, and publications to appointed local
government managers and administrators in cities, counties, and regional
entities.  Its resources and services reach is in contact with more than
4,550,000 local, county, and state government professionals, academics, and
others interested in local government via its monthly mailings.
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International City/County Management Association ? 777 North Capitol Street
Suite 500 ? Washington, DC 20002 ?202/289-ICMA ? FAX 202/962-3500 ?
http://icma.org ? GovStoreUSA ? 4400 140th Avenue North ? Clearwater, FL
33762 ?
888/677-0712 ? http://www.govstoreusa.com

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