Since its inception, the UEP used a bottom-up approach. The UEP team developed a model to show this approach and how it can produce measurable results and create a sustainable infrastructure to ensure community involvement and continued improvements in the future. The model is called the UEP Community Development Pyramid and was unveiled at EPA's National Community Involvement Conference in Kansas City, MO in May 1999.
The model uses a five-phase approach to build local capacity from the ground up, beginning with the identification of issues and stakeholders, then helps develop partnerships and community awareness through each step of the process. The ultimate goal of this model is a sustainable community infrastructure that can access information and leverage resources to address environmental and public health concerns without permanent EPA financial assistance.
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