Huntsville, Ala. ---- State and Alabama A&M University professors are joining forces to host a 6 p.m. community environmental workshop on the AAMU campus Thursday, February 16, at the Agricultural Research Center auditorium.
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) staff members—in partnership with AAMU’s Center of Excellence in Watershed Management and the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences—will host a workshop on “Citizen Empowerment for the Environment.”
Conference attendees will not only find out contacts for perceived pollution violations, but they will also learn proactive steps to ensure that their personal and business activities do not negatively impact the environment. The workshop is designed to help citizens and businesses make a difference in their community by making it easy to contact the agency that enforces clean air, soil, and water laws. Topics that will be discussed include:
· e-Complaint—Allows citizens to file an environmental complaint electronically and track the complaint through its investigation by ADEM and to its completion.
· e-File—Allows citizens to access environmental files for industries and businesses that operate under ADEM permits. These files have been scanned into an electronic format and include inspection data, monitoring data, enforcement data, and other types of general correspondence.
· What’s Happening in Your County—Allows citizens to access information associated with environmental activities that are occurring within a specific county. By clicking on a specific county located on a state map, citizens can access information related to public comment periods, proposed permitting activities, press releases, and other information.
This 90-minute workshop also will empower citizens and business leaders to help keep the environment safe and healthy by using computer technology to report potential environmental problems to ADEM. For additional information, contact Dr. W. Tadesse, (256) 372-4252, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. W. Stone, (256) 372-4248, email@example.com; or (at ADEM) Scott Hughes, (334) 271-7955, firstname.lastname@example.org.