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International Cooperation

Public Participation Guide: Module 1 Materials

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to work collaboratively with other governments to encourage public participation in environmental decision-making. Although many public participation workshops have been delivered in many areas of the world, USEPA developed online modules to ensure everyone has access to the fundamentals of public participation.  These online modules provide a similar experience to the in-person workshops EPA conducts related to this Guide. The materials from Module 1 are available on this page.

Module 1: Introduction to Meaningful Public Participation 

When a project or decision can have significant impact on a group of people (community), it is important to consider the role that the public may play in making decisions and implementing actions; giving special consideration and attention to vulnerable populations and marginalized communities. However, before we make any promises to our community, it is important to give careful consideration to the specific nature of our project and the opportunities and implications of directly engaging the public.

Available materials:

  • Module 1 Video
  • Module 1 Facilitation Guide
  • Module 1 Participant Workbook
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