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EMS provides a wide range of creative design services for communications and outreach materials, such as websites, exhibit booths, brochures and posters. Below is just a sampling of our recent projects.
Grants Management and Tracking
Brownfields Grant Support
Since 1994, EMS has supported EPA’s Brownfields Program by coordinating issuance and receipt of grants proposals, assisting EPA with the evaluation of proposals received, and automating the generation and installation of factsheets of successful grants to EPA’s website. To date, we have processed more than 10,000 proposals for Multi-Purpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, Cleanup, Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training, Area-Wide Planning, and other grants. We developed and maintain a flexible records management system to meet EPA needs for rapid turnaround response to information requests from Congress, FOIA, Inspector General, and other organizations regarding EPA’s brownfields grants.
Meeting and Conference Planning
In recent years, there has been a move towards hybrid in-person and virtual meetings (hybrid meetings). EMS supports the EPA with these meetings by handling all technical logistics related to hosting the hybrid portion of the meeting for online audiences. EMS attends the meeting onsite and provides all audio-visual equipment (microphones, laptops, a soundboard, and speakers) to ensure a seamless and productive meeting. We ensure that the online and in-person audiences are connected on the platform of your choice.
Training and Organizational Development
EMS produced the Multi-Agency Radiological Laboratory Analytical Protocols Manual (MARLAP) Online Training which provides guidance for the planning, implementation and assessment phases of projects that require laboratory analysis of radionuclides. This involved slide and video production including 508-compliance in the form of closed-captions and was produced for the EPA's National Analytical Radiation Environmental Laboratory (NAREL).
Community Outreach and Communications
Community Advisory Group Material Support
EMS supported Superfund's Community Involvement and Programmatic Initiatives Branch with completely revising the Guidance for Supporting Community Advisory Groups at Superfund Sites and the Superfund Community Advisory Group Toolkit for the Community. This involved researching and writing new content, updating graphics, and developing infographics to assist the community and community involvement coordinators with assessing the effectiveness of a CAG.
Technology Transfer and Information Management
CLU-IN and Trainex, and Other Website Support
EMS has supported EPA's Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation by developing and producing CLU-IN's ongoing series of webinars since 1998. These live, two-hour events cover various technical topics that are relevant to CLU-IN's audience. Since their inception, EMS has produced over 2,000 webinars for over 350,000 participants from 54 U.S. states and territories and 62 countries on six continents. EMS produces complete public archives of these webinars, including audio and video podcasts, providing CLU-IN users with on-demand access to webinar materials. We also developed and maintain the Training Exchange (Trainex) website, which has supported registration for thousands of EPA offered Training over the last 20 years. Trainex provides a complete transcript of an individual's learning history. Other websites EMS supports: •Triad Resource Center •FRTR (Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable) •Superfund Climate Resilience •Technologies for Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites •Selected pages in Land Revitalization, Superfund and Brownfields areas on EPA.gov
Program Planning and Evaluation
Peer Review Support
EMS has provided peer review support to the U.S. EPA for over 20 years. Since 2013, EMS has conducted over twenty peer reviews, evaluations, and verification studies for the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI). EMS has also facilitated many peer reviews for guidance and rapid radiochemical methods developed by EMS under our Enhancing Radiological Laboratory Incident Response Capacity and Capability Task Order with OSRTI. In conducting these peer reviews, EMS is responsible for: Compiling or finalizing the charge questions based on the item to be reviewed Identifying, selecting, and contacting peer reviewers Preparing peer review materials Managing the peer review process, including ensuring the peer review was completed within scope and budget Compiling a final verification study or peer review record for EPA clients
Technical and Scientific Research
Brownfields Federal Programs Guides
For over 15 years, EMS has supported the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) with researching, writing, and designing the Brownfields Federal Programs Guide, most recently in 2021. This involves working with staff members in several OLEM offices and programs, as well as officials of numerous federal agencies to obtain timely, accurate information on federal grants, loans, and technical assistance programs that could be tapped by communities affected by brownfields sites. It also included information about federal tax incentives and credits for brownfields redevelopment.
Policy and Guidance Development
The EMS Team recently produced the Revitalization-Ready Guide for the U.S. EPA. The Guide provides information for local and county governments, tribes, quasi-governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations interested in facilitating the cleanup and reuse of brownfield properties.
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