Promoting and protecting South Carolina's environmental resources requires consistent community involvement and ongoing communication among all of our stakeholders. DHEC's Office of Environmental Affairs believes that conducting meaningful community engagement builds trust and credibility.
Meaningful community engagement involves 7 key elements:
We use and encourage a combination of approaches to provide meaningful opportunities for engagement including outreach and education, public notices and public comments, availability sessions, meetings and hearings, feedback surveys, listening sessions, citizen advisory boards, and advisory committees.
We also use collaborative, problem-solving strategies and partnerships to ensure citizens in overburdened communities are involved in our decision-making processes. We emphasize the importance of developing and strengthening relationships with environmental justice stakeholders.