|For Immediate Release
July 15, 1999
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Environmental Outreach Project
Funding for a project designed to minimize the adverse impact of environmental rule making through early education and consultation outreach, was recently awarded to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Northwest.
As one of four public affairs programs on a national level to receive the Small Communities Outreach Project for Environmental Issues (SCOPe) funding, IU Northwest SPEA will lead the project administered by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Targeted to educate small business owners/operators and local government officials on the development of air toxic emissions regulations and compliance measures required under the regulations, the project will involve eliciting the concerns of those effected by the regulations, as well as address the impact compliance will have on them.
“We see this as an important service to the people of Northwest Indiana. It is part of our public service mission and we are very pleased to be a part of this national project,” says Joseph Pellicciotti, director of the IU Northwest SPEA. Pellicciotti adds that the project will assist people living and doing business in small communities.
According to Pellicciotti, SPEA professor Ellen Szarleta will lead the project. Dr. Szarleta, who coordinates the IU Northwest environmental program, will organize an outreach team and advisory counsel to assist her while working through elected officials and administrators of a sample of small communities in Northwest Indiana. She has a law degree and a Ph.D. in economics.
More information on the SCOPe program is available by contacting IU Northwest at 219-980-6695.