The Assess:Don't Guess curriculum explores the various facets inherent
to effective environmental decision-making. When a complaint or question arises
about an environmental issue, the curriculum provides answers and resources for
professionals in regular contact with the under-resourced individuals and
communities who bear a disproportionate exposure to environmental assaults.
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- It explores the complex nature of real and perceived environmental threats.
- It examines the health effects of environmental
assaults and the populations most at-risk for adverse effects.
- It lists the public health and environmental regulatory agencies that are
available for public assistance and environmental research.
- It facilitates environmental decision-making within the constraints of
limited available resources.
- It demonstrates how communities characterized by limited education and
political disillusionment are effectively barred from participation.
- It provides the professional with ways to ensure participation in
environmental decision-making for at-risk communities.
- It provides the basics of Alternative Dispute Resolution for environmental
disputes that resist resolution through other channels.
- It challenges the professional working
with socioeconomically disadvantaged populations to empower these
groups by serving as an unofficial liaison between these
individuals and the regulatory agencies.
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