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Archived News: Urban Waters "Pathways to Employment" 2012
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Dear Colleagues,
As part of the Urban Waters program, EPA is working with Groundwork USA (GWUSA) to develop an Urban Waters "Pathways to Employment" paper with tools for those working to engage young people in outdoor experiences and environmental education in ways that help prepare them for careers in these fields. In this paper, GWUSA is synthesizing their network-wide experiences with youth and young adults to create this product that will be used by communities across the country. One compelling aspect of this work is that GWUSA is engaging young people from their "Green Teams" and involving them in interviewing Urban Waters practitioners. These are people who are working to improve and protect their water and waterways and may be doing all kinds of environmental work including work at a local water treatment facility, a city government, a watershed organization and other environmentally focused non-governmental organizations.

REQUEST:Do you know of urban waters practitioners who hail from diverse backgrounds who have "made it" in their waters-related career and would be good to profile as part of our education to employment pathways report? I ask you to think broadly about the kinds of water related careers that are possible for these young people. Ideally these folks would be co-located or at least very near one of the Groundwork Trust where the Green Teams call home. The Trusts we'd like to target if possible are listed below and more information about the full network of Trusts can be found at We already have many nominees from the northeastern US and DC, so we're seeking nominees from other parts of the country. The urban waters practitioners you recommended with be asked to be interviewed by Green Team members and those stories will be included in the Pathways to Employment document that will be widely distributed. Please send your recommendations to Terri Johnson, EPA's Urban Waters Team,, by end of March at the latest. Interviews will be taking place through April 2012.

Groundwork Trusts:
New Orleans, LA
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Dona Ana County, NM
San Diego, CA
Richmond, CA
Portland, OR

Thanks for considering this opportunity to support the environmental careers of our country's youth.

Please respond to:

Terri Johnson | Environmental Protection Agency | Office of Water |(202) 564-8296

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