Partnerships With Other Federal Agencies
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EPA has established partnerships with other federal agencies; these collaborations include the following programs:
ENERGY STAR – This is a joint program between EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE). The program helps Americans save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Introduced by EPA in 1992, ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, more than 40 percent of the American public recognizes the ENERGY STAR label, which is on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more. EPA has extended the label to cover new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Through its partnerships with more than 8,000 private and public organizations, ENERGY STAR delivers the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient solutions and best management practices.
The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) – This program’s goal is to transfer technology from research to full-scale use and from government agencies to the private sector. It focuses on the early stages of the Research and Development Continuum and serves as the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) environmental science and technology program, which was planned and executed in full partnership with EPA and DOE, with participation by other federal and nonfederal organizations. Representatives from DoD, EPA, DOE, and the U.S. Coast Guard sit on the 12-member council that manages SERDP.
To address the high-priority issues confronting the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, SERDP concentrates on cross-service requirements and pursues high-risk/high-payoff solutions to DoD’s toughest environmental problems. The four areas of the program are:
Within these areas, SERDP targets cleanup, compliance, conservation, and pollution prevention technologies. The program partners provide locations, facilities, and mechanisms for applied research, comparative demonstrations, and comprehensive evaluations.
The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) – This program focuses on the middle and later stages of the continuum. It is DoD’s environmental technology demonstration and validation program, whose goal is to identify, demonstrate, and validate promising technologies that address DoD’s highest priority environmental requirements. The program promotes innovative, cost-effective environmental technologies through demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites. These technologies provide a return on investment through improved efficiency, reduced liability, and direct-cost savings.
ESTCP selects laboratory-proven technologies with broad DoD applications for rigorous field trials and documents the cost, performance, and market potential. The demonstrations address DoD environmental needs in these areas:
In July 1999, DoD and EPA signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to facilitate closer cooperation and coordination on joint technology verification efforts. The MOA built a partnership between DoD’s ESTCP and EPA’s Environmental Technology Verification programs. This agreement was designed to help companies that develop innovative technologies accelerate their penetration into markets of interest to both EPA and DoD.
Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable (FRTR) – This roundtable promotes interagency cooperation to advance the use of innovative technologies for the remediation of hazardous waste sites. It also leads the federal government’s efforts to transfer the benefits of these cooperative efforts to those who perform site remediation.
Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality (SWAQ) – This subcommittee was formed to advise and assist the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and the National Science and Technology Council on policies, procedures, plans, issues, scientific developments, and research needs related to the availability and quality of water resources of the United States.