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 Design for the Environment (DfE)

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DfE partnership projects promote the integration of cleaner, cheaper, and smarter solutions into everyday business practices. The DfE program collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders in order to achieve risk reduction by applying technical tools and expertise. DfE partners include chemical manufacturers, chemical product formulators, trade groups, environmental organizations, the furniture industry, the electronics industry, and nail salons. These partnerships enable businesses to incorporate cleaner, innovative technologies into their organizations. DfE partnerships protect human health and the environment by focusing on sectors with potential for the maximum reduction of release of chemicals of concern and sectors that could be most influenced by EPA’s involvement.

Stages on R&D Continuum: Verification, Diffusion and Utilization

EPA Goal: All media, cross media – technical tools and expertise in specific industry sectors

Type of Support Provided: Information and technology transfer, partnership brokering

Funding: Programs with less than $1 million per year

Responsible EPA Office: Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances

See Also

Partnerships for Safer Chemistry


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