Partnership programs enable flexible, collaborative, market-driven solutions that can deliver measurable environmental results. That's why we work with volunteer businesses, communities, state and local governments, and other organizations. This page outline partnerships within the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.
- EPA Partnership Programs
This area provides information on EPA's full array of voluntary programs and describes the benefits of joining.
- Design for the Environment (DfE)
The DfE program works with individual industry sectors to compare and improve the performance and human health and environmental risks and costs of existing and alternative products, processes, and practices.
E3: Economy, Energy and Environment
E3 is an initiative that focuses on promoting sustainable manufacturing and economic growth throughout the United States. E3 brings together federal agencies, states and local communities for a broad discussion on how to connect respective programs to deliver responsive, coordinated solutions in a manufacturing environment. The E3 Framework facilitates collaboration among groups with common interests and a common agenda. This framework focuses on strengthening small to medium sized American manufacturers, which represent the largest proportion of the manufacturing sector. State and local communities use the E3 framework to help boost local economies to achieve their sustainability goals.
Federal Electronics Challenge
The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) is a voluntary partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies purchase greener electronic products, reduce impacts of electronic products during use, and manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.
To promote innovative chemical technologies that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture, and use of chemical products.
Green Suppliers Network
(GSN) works with large manufacturers to target and engage key suppliers in customized, hands-on assessments of production processes to reduce energy consumption, minimize carbon footprint, increase productivity, and drive innovation. GSN is a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce and was established to help small and medium-sized manufacturers stay competitive and profitable while reducing their impact on the environment. GSN is an integral component of E3—Economy, Energy, and Environment Initiative.
The GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for landscaping.
- Interagency Network of Enterprise Assistance Providers (INEAP)
INEAP was formed as one response to the growing need for collaboration among federal agencies to speak with one voice when addressing the needs of America's small and medium-sized businesses. The INEAP works to coordinate individual agency activities through effective communication and sharing of ideas. It encourages communication, interactions and collaborations with other non-federal organizations that can provide insight and information about the people they serve. The intent of the network is to focus on and support small and medium size businesses in the following areas: Technical Assistance, Sustainability, Technology Transfer Procurement, Business Management Assistance, Economic Development, Export, Finance, Finance, Workforce Training, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Disaster Preparedness, Environmental improvements.
Partnership for Sustainable Healthcare (PSH)
The primary goal of the PSH effort is to educate health care professionals about pollution prevention opportunities in hospitals and health care systems. Also see the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment partner site.
Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is a voluntary program that forms partnerships with pesticide users to reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and implement pollution prevention strategies.