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Public Participation Guide: Module 8 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 8 are available on this page.

Module 8: Integrating Public Participation into Your Organization  

The approach to public participation presented in the EPA Guide is challenging. To do this well involves a lot of hard work. Sometimes, the challenges are less about knowing what to do, as it is getting all parts of the system to believe that they should do it at all. 

USEPA’s Public Participation Guide provides a framework for understanding public participation, a process for approaching effective participation, and a wide range of tools and approaches for implementing successful projects. However, we recognize that it is not always possible or practical to do everything you would like to do in working with your communities. 

In many circumstances, we need to proceed more slowly and deliberately and look for opportunities to share information and opportunities to incorporating principles of participation and the value it provides to the agency for our leaders, staff, and communities.


Available materials:

  • Module 8 Video
  • Module 8 Facilitation Guide
  • Module 8 Participant Workbook

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