The Massachusetts National Guard created the E&RC in January 2001 to ensure the realistic training of military units in accordance with state and federal environmental requirements. The E&RC has established successful relationships with governmental, regulatory, and community groups to reach its primary objective of training in concert with the environment. The E&RC will inform, educate, and involve all JBCC stakeholders on issues regarding training and the environment. Furthermore, the E&RC seeks to be a source of information for the community and a trusted partner in the protection of the northern training areas of the JBCC.
The Environmental and Readiness Center will
Facilitate the flow of information to ensure prompt and accurate response to stakeholder inquiries
Coordinate with other programs and commands to ensure frequent and open communication with all JBCCcommunities
Educate and inform stakeholders about Massachusetts National Guard training and environmental programs
- Ensures prompt, adequate and accurate notifications and situations posing immediate threat to human health or the environment or affecting base operations
Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in JBCC activities are called stakeholders. The E&RC's community involvement team ensures JBCC stakeholders are informed and involved on a continual basis. Stakeholder groups include:
Advisory groups have always played an important role in community involvement and environmental issues at the JBCC. Advisory councils are groups comprised of various members either representing a group, such the Association to Protect Cape Cod, a town, such as a selectmen, or a member at large, any community member with an interest and desire be involved.
These groups meet regularly to discuss JBCC environmental issues that could have an impact on the community surrounding the base. Please refer to the Community Advisory Group section of the web site for information on each of the JBCC Related community groups.
Issues - Key Community Concerns
The E&RC work with all stakeholders to understand their issues and concerns regarding training and the environment on the JBCC. Through one-on-one meetings, advisory council meetings, public meetings, and surveys/questionnaires, the E&RC will seek to establish two-way communication with community groups. Key issues already identified include:
- Water quality/supply
- Training and readiness
Environmental compliance (regulatory)
Cultural resources including preservation archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures, historic objects and archival data, and Native American sacred sites and properties of traditional, religious, and cultural significance
- Access to infrastructure and services
Coordination of programs/activities
- Community impacts (human health, infrastructure, and economy)
Scope of E&RC Activities
The E&RC community involvement team implements program objectives in the following ways:
Public Meetings - The Environmental Management Commission, the Community Advisory Council, the Science Advisory Council, and the Senior Management Board provide valuable recommendations, advice, and guidance to the E&RC regarding ways to better accomplish its mission as environmental stewards while ensuring the best training possible for National Guard soldiers. Public meetings held by the various advisory councils offer a forum to inform council members and the public about E&RC activities through presentations, discussions, and question and answer sessions.
Selectmen Update - The E&RC community involvement team will coordinate with the JBCC commands and environmental programs to update the Boards of Selectmen of the four Upper Cape towns annually to detail happenings at the JBCC, allowing the selectmen to be continually informed about issues concerning the environment and training activities at JBCC.
Cape Delegation Update - Similar to the Selectmen Update, the E&RC will coordinate an annual Cape Delegation JBCC briefing.
Boards of Health Update - The E&RC will coordinate with the JBCC environmental and clean up programs to arrange an annual JBCC briefing for the Boards of Health of the four Upper Cape Towns.
Water Coop Update - The E&RC will coordinate an annual Water Coop JBCC briefing.
Local Realtor Group Update - The E&RC will coordinate annual JBCC briefing for the local realtor groups in each of the four Upper Cape Towns.
One-on-one Discussions - Used to further two-way communication, one-on-one discussions provide a pivotal communication resource between the E&RC and JBCC stakeholders. Interviews allow for a sharing of information, ideas, insight, and concerns. Information gained during these discussions can be used by the E&RC to form a better understanding of the community's perspective on issues concerning the JBCC and how to best address the concerns of its stakeholders. This information will also allow the community outreach team to function as a conduit for the community, ensuring their voice is heard internally at the JBCC.
News Releases - The community involvement team uses mass media outlets to inform JBCC stakeholders and the general public. News releases highlight activities, issues, and announce successes at the JBCC. News releases play an important role during E&RC notification protocols to deliver information to the general public in a timely and wide-reaching manner.
Newspaper Advertisements - Newspaper ads serve as a vehicle to regularly highlight upcoming events, documents released by the E&RC to the Information Repository, information about the E&RC and its programs, or news items on the E&RC's web site.
Telephone 'Tree' - The E&RC team will use telephone trees during notification protocols to quickly relay important information internally and externally when situations occur at JBCC that pose an immediate threat to human health or the environment or affect base operations or the community. E-mail trees will be used as secondary sources of communication to deliver follow-up information during these situations.
Calendar - The calendar will list monthly public meetings associated with the environmental programs at the JBCC. The calendar will be distributed to the JBCC mailing list monthly and will also be published on the E&RC website.
JBCC Quick Guide - The JBCC Quick guide will highlight the military commands, environmental programs, and federal and state programs located at the JBCC. The guides will be available in the Information Repositories and on the
Fact Sheets - Community involvement professionals will regularly produce facts sheets containing detailed information about E&RC natural resource, environmental compliance, and cultural resources programs, training activities, planning, and other issues regarding the JBCC and its stakeholders. The E&RC will distribute fact sheets to JBCC visitors and at public meetings, open houses, community workshops, and other events.
Web Site - The web site, www.EandRC.org, is a continuously updated tool used to inform the public about the E&RC's mission, its programs and staff, and up-coming events. The site includes an extensive publication library for visitors to download as well as links to other JBCC programs and sites of interest.
Events - The community involvement team will use special events to inform the public about base activities and interact with community members. Specials events may include:
- Environmental Fair - The Environmental Fair is held for local middle school students offering presentations and interactive activities designed to inform students about environmental protection and clean up activities conducted at the base
- Site Tours - Annually the E&RC arranges a tour for the general public. Attendees tour the base and learn about the military mission and environmental programs first hand
Field Trips - The E&RC arranges field trips upon requests from various groups to include schools, veterans' groups, colleges and universities, and environmental groups to name a few. The field trips are tailored to fit the areas of interest of the group.
- Internal Meetings - The community involvement team will attend internal meetings held by various programs and commands at the base to gain an overall understanding of current activities at the JBCC. This knowledge will allow E&RC staff to better facilitate information requests by directing questions to the appropriate information source in a timely fashion.