US.EPA's Partners for the Environment
EPA's New Era of Voluntary Partnership Program
Over the last several years, an important change has been taking place in our national strategy for protecting the environment. Through an array of partnership programs that we collectively refer to as Partners for the Environment, EPA is demonstrating that voluntary goals and commitments achieve real environmental results in a timely and cost-effective way. In addition to traditional approaches to environmental protection, EPA is building cooperative partnerships with a variety of groups, including small and large businesses, citizen groups, state and local governments, universities and trade associations.
The results of the Partners for the Environment effort are impressive. Thousands of organizations are working cooperatively with EPA to set and reach environmental goals such as conserving water and energy, and reducing greenhouse gases, toxic emissions, solid wastes, indoor air pollution and pesticide risk. Our partners are making pollution prevention a central consideration in doing business. Partnership also means that we are working cooperatively with the private sector to provide stakeholders with effective tools to address environmental issues. And these partners are achieving measurable environmental results often more quickly and with lower costs than would be the case with regulatory approaches. EPA views these partnership efforts as key to the future success of environmental protection.
The Administration is pleased with the progress of these collaborative efforts -- efforts such as 33/50, WasteWi$e, Climate Wise, Green Lights, Energy Star, WAVE, the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, Indoor Air, Indoor Radon, Design for the Environment, the Environmental Leadership Program, CSI, and Project XL -- and is committed to expanding their implementation and to highlighting the success of our partners.
Partnership Programs by Topic
Toxics Reduction, Reporting, and Efficiency
Global Climate Change
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
State and Local
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This page last updated on March 23, 1998