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Agency Snapshot of Programs and Activities for AAPIs

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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

AGENCY SNAPSHOT

Mandate - The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment -- air, water, and land -- upon which life depends.

Overview of EPA - EPA is the lead federal agency for educating the public on environmental issues and enforcing environmental laws. Since the agency was established 30 years ago, the United States has experienced dramatic improvements such as:

EPA's headquarters is located in Washington, DC and there are ten regional offices (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle) and several laboratories nationwide. EPA has approximately eighteen thousand employees, and over 5% of this workforce are Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders.

The agency's budget of more than $7 billion (FY2000) is primarily distributed to state, local, and tribal governments, as well as to research institutions and non-profit organizations to promote public health and environmental efforts. EPA programs foster activities such as research, education and outreach, technical assistance, and small business opportunities.

EPA provides up-to-date information on the state of the environment, such as air and water quality in areas around the country. Communities can also find out when toxic chemicals are used and released into the air and water. Access to this environmental information helps communities make informed decisions to improve the health and well-being of their residents.

EPA is collecting information on programs and services that could meet the needs of the AAPI community. It is important to note that although the agency does not have programs designed exclusively for the AAPI population, there are several examples of AAPI-specific activities within EPA's established programs and services.

Current Selected EPA Activities Affecting AAPIs - The following list highlights some examples of EPA's current program activities for AAPIs.

A. Direct Services - Environmental Programs

B. Procurement and Assistance Programs (Contracting and Grant Opportunities)

C. Educational Programs

D. Employment Opportunities and Career Advancement

Preliminary Projected EPA Activities Affecting AAPIs - EPA plans to broaden its programs and services to meet the special needs and cultural sensitivities of minority populations. The following list highlights some examples of EPA's preliminary projections for activities to address AAPI needs.

A. Direct Services - Environmental Programs

B. Procurement and Assistance Programs (Contracting and Grant Opportunities)

C. Educational Programs

D. Employment Opportunities and Career Advancement

EPA is actively supporting and participating in the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) to increase the AAPI participation in EPA programs, services, and other environmental activities where they may be underserved.

Additional information on the agency's AAPI initiative will be available in the future through the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/aapi/.


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