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Public Policy Conferences, Meetings & Events

         GERI subcontract to not-for-profit Sustainable Community Development Group, Inc.  GERI supports the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Poverty Race and Research Action Council in planning and implementing the New Orleans Area Health Disparities Initiative (NOHDI).  GERI manages the multi-stakeholder planning committee and the consensus planning process, including recruitment, communications, New Orleans planning meetings, facilitation, and meeting logistics.  GERI directed the NOHDI June 2006 conference planning including invitations, speakers, participants, outreach, facilitation, conference materials and proceedings, and conference logistics.

        GERI supports the Sustainable Community Development Group, Inc., which serves as the Secretariat to the African American Forum on Race & Regionalism (AAFRR).  Through research, conferences, meetings, workshops and policy development, AAFRR provides a place for interdisciplinary dialogue among African Americans, communities of color and other stakeholders on equitable development, smart growth and metropolitan sustainability.  AAFRR (www.aafrr.org) is a collaborative project of the Ford Foundation, PolicyLink, the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, and the Sustainable Community Development Group, Inc.

        GERI designed and facilitated the consensus process for Summit 2010 for the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning in Baltimore, MD.  Summit 2010, December 5-10, 2005, convened elected officials, governmental officials, policymakers, leading nonprofit organizations and legal groups, communities, faith-based organizations, landlords, developers and technical experts on lead poisoning and abatement.  GERIís team delivered a Summit that engaged public and private sector multi-stakeholders in a consensus building process on recommended state-wide priorities and action plans in the State of Maryland including financing, liability, environmental and health issues, and capacity building to enhance services delivery in circumstances involving lead contamination 

        GERI organized, convened and facilitated brownfields conferences and events including relevant travel and logistics:


o       Brownfields 2004 Workshop on Community Development and Environment

o       PSBR Invitational National Conference, June 4-5, 2003, Washington DC

o       Brownfields 2003 5th annual PSBR Invitational Breakfast Seminar

o       Brownfields 2002 4th annual PSBR Invitational Breakfast Seminar

o       Brownfields 2002 Workshop/Training on Multi-Stakeholder Involvement

o       Brownfields 2001 3rd annual PSBR Invitational Breakfast Seminar

o       Brownfields 2001 Workshop/Training on Evaluating Brownfields Projects

o       Brownfields 2000 2nd annual Invitational Breakfast Seminar

o       Brownfields 2000 Workshop/Training on Multi-Stakeholder Process Design

        GERI provided technical assistance and conference/event planning services for a national conference that advanced strategic public policy partnerships between civil rights groups, environmental and environmental justice organizations and Native American communities.  GERI coordinated logistics, travel, agenda planning and speakers for the four-day event on environmental justice strategies.  GERI facilitated organizations invited by the Ford Foundation in developing an implementation plan that supports coalition legal and policy initiatives, litigation and advocacy, and prepared the 2003 conference report.

        GERI provided technical assistance and facilitation services to grantees of the Ford Foundation on a collaborative project to develop and implement a Mississippi Statewide Environmental Justice Summit.  A multi-stakeholder group comprised of federal and state agencies, in-state communities, and academia, business, industry, trade and labor associations guided the granteesí collaborative project. 

        GERI coordinated a public-private partnership in a two-year effort that planned and convened the first statewide conference on environmental policy, environmental justice and public health.  The multi-stakeholder partnership was comprised of the Mississippi Departments of Environmental Quality and Health, U.S. EPA Region 4, the National Library of Medicine, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Mississippi Municipal League, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Jesus People Against Pollution and Jackson State University. 

        GERI organized a principal session at the Second National People of Color Environmental Justice Summit In Washington, DC, October 2002, focused on legal and public policy strategies featuring a panel of international legal experts.


        GERI provided technical assistance, conference event planning services and facilitation services for a national conference convened by the Ford Foundation on organizational development and leadership development for next generation leaders in the environmental justice field spanning institutions, universities, government, civil rights, public interest, environmental and grassroots organizations.  GERI coordinated logistics, travel and transportation, meals, agenda planning and speakers for the two-day event.  GERI managed the commission of papers and authors on selected topics including edits, administered contracts and honoraria.  GERI prepared the final conference report.





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