Partnerships With the Private Sector
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EPA has established important partnerships in the private sector, where there are many players: research organizations, scientists and engineers, industries, trade and professional associations, small business incubators, entrepreneurs, technology developers and vendors, testing organizations, venture capital investors, regulators and permit writers, developers and vendors, and purchasers and users of new technologies.
These players are included in a broad verification process, which is based on EPA’s Environmental Technology Verification Program. ETOP’s Action Teams also use this process, which draws together all segments of the marketplace to discuss the opportunities and roadblocks of bringing specific classes of technologies to commercialization.
The Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program – To direct program activities, ETV uses the largest stakeholder process in EPA—more than 800 public and private individuals representing federal, state, and local government agencies; academics and technology experts; not-for-profit organizations; associations; and a broad group of technology purchasers, users, developers, and vendors.
The ETV program develops testing protocols and verifies the performance of innovative technologies that have the potential to improve protection of human health and the environment. The program partners with private-sector testing organizations, federal agencies (such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy [DOE], the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Coast Guard), and numerous states to accelerate the entrance of new environmental technologies into the domestic and international marketplaces.
Design for the Environment (DfE) – This is one of EPA’s premier partnership programs. DfE works with industry sectors to compare and improve the performance of existing and alternative products, processes, and practices that reduce human health and environmental risks. DfE partnership projects promote integration of cleaner, cheaper, and smarter solutions into everyday business practices.
WasteWise – This free and voluntary EPA program works with organizations to eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes; this benefits the bottom line and the environment. WasteWise is flexible—it allows partners to design waste reduction programs tailored to their own needs. Any U.S. organization may join the program:
Private-Sector Certification Programs
Some certification programs outside of government have stimulated demand for environmental products and technologies:
Green Seal – This certification organization has developed green standards for a variety of consumer products, including paints, cleaning products, paper, lighting, and tires.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – This successful, independent green building certification program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for development of buildings with high-energy performance and environmentally sustainable features. The LEED rating system for new construction and renovation projects is based on lists of specific green building features that, if included in a project, accrue points toward a rating. To obtain a LEED rating, building owners must submit detailed, defined technical documentation to USGBC for review. The LEED rating system has stimulated a tremendous amount of voluntary interest across the United States; private organizations and federal and state agencies have made commitments to LEED certification for new construction and major renovation projects.