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From:             Mike Ewall 
To:               pollution-map@envirolink.org
Subject:          1997 TRI/RTK Conference in September

                  1997 Toxic Release Inventory and Right-to-Know Conference

Since their inception, "Right-to-Know" and its flagship, TRI, have been
used by communities to reduce dangerous emissions, improve industry
efficiency, and shape environmental policy. 

Now, 10 years after "Right-to-Know" was created, we stand at a crossroads
where we should gauge how successful we have been in these efforts while
looking to the path ahead and its future possibilities. 

We invite you to join us in this unique mission. Scheduled for September
8-10 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., the 1997 TRI
and Right-to-Know Conference will examine the current use of TRI and
Right-to-Know, while focusing on present and future opportunities for
improving their use as community tools. 

Interactive sessions, hands-on data use trainings, and exhibits from
throughout the Right-to-Know Community will allow attendees to explore,
firsthand, these issues and ensure that the future of TRI and Right-to-Know
is rooted in the needs of the entire community. 

Divided into two major themes, "How Can we Use TRI to Make a Difference?,"
and "How Can We Improve the Use of Right-to-Know' Information?," the
conference will offer two dozen interactive sessions on a variety of timely
issues, including "What are the Information Needs of Communities?," "How
has Industry Used TRI Successfully?," and "How Can We Integrate RTK
Information?." 

For established members of the Right-to-Know Community, the conference will
provide hands-on trainings centered on better using data tools such as
Cameo, Landview, and RTK NET, and discuss how to effectively conduct
community trainings. For those attendees recently introduced to TRI and
Right-to-Know, the conference will offer a "New User" Course, introducing
Right-to-Know and the role they can play. 

In the Right-to-Know Village: A Community At Work, participants will be
able to explore how TRI and Right-to-Know is being used by community
groups, industry, and government to reduce the threat of toxic chemicals
and browse through recent advancements making data more accessible and
useful. 

The 1997 TRI and Right-to-Know Conference is an opportunity for all members
of the Right-to-Know community to come together to discuss the successes
and shortcomings of TRI and the Right-to-Know movement. Most importantly,
though, it is a tool through which we can begin to make them more
responsive to the needs of the community and ensure that they truly make a
difference. 

See you in September. 


Check out http://www.rtk.net/www/triconf/tri.html for details and online
registration.

Mike

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