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ERIC Number: EJ771027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1063-0732
Engaging Citizens in Environmental Decision Making: Burlington, Vermont's EMPACT Project
Wang, Deane
Journal of Urban Technology, v9 n2 p95-109 Aug 2002
In 1998 a Burlington, Vermont partnership of a branch of city government and several educational and environmental organizations received a "metro-grant" to develop a project for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under its Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) Program. One goal was to develop additional working relationships with other environmental organizations and create a technological infrastructure for making time-relevant environmental data available to the public. One of the distinctive features of the Burlington EMPACT Program was the way it involved the public in determining the environmental monitoring programs that the partners should pursue. The challenge was to provide accurate, time-relevant, easily understood, and publicly selected environmental information to the people of Burlington--and to get them to look at it. This article describes the Burlington EMPACT Project, showing how it sought to use telemetry and Web technology to build public environmental awareness, and through this heightened awareness, develop a more environmentally engaged community that would promote management and policies beneficial to the quality of life of Burlington's residents. The youth education component of the project is also detailed herein. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vermont