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Multi-Media Innovations

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.


Below is a listing of EPA's innovative national programs that are multi-media in scope.

  • Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) is a new EPA initiative designed to establish a series of multi-media, community-based and community-driven projects to reduce local exposure to toxic pollution.

  • Community-Based Approaches - Community-Based Environmental Protection (CBEP).

  • Customer Service Program (CSP) - Enables the agency and its employees to increase their customer focus and understand that when we serve our customers well, we can better accomplish our mission of protecting public health and the natural environment.

  • Design for the Environment (DfE) - Working 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 through voluntary partnerships.

  • Environmental Accounting Project - To encourage and motivate business to understand the full spectrum of their environmental costs, and integrate these costs into decision making.

  • Environmental Management Systems - Policies, tools, and case studies related to EMS use and development.

  • ERP Exit Disclaimer- EPA's Enforcement Response Policies relating to violations or noncompliance with environmental statutes and regulations. Policies are listed by statute, and the listing is not inclusive of all policy and guidance that is used in developing enforcement actions.

  • Environmental Technology Opportunities Portal (ETOP) - links you to programs that help fund development of new environmental technologies and offers information on existing environmental technologies.

  • Green Buildings - Green or sustainable building is the practice of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.

  • Evaluation of Environmental Programs - Enables EPA to capitalize on lessons learned and incorporate that experience into other programs.

  • Industrial Ecology - A multi-disciplinary field that approaches environmental problems from a systems perspective and referred to as "the science of sustainability."

  • Industry Sector-Based Programs - A collection of innovative sector-based activities being implemented at the national, regional, and state levels. These examples highlight the Agency's strong commitment to applying a sector approach, where appropriate, for achieving environmental protection.

  • Innovative Permitting - A useful resource for state and federal permit writers, regulated entities and members of the public interested in permitting innovations.

  • Lean Manufacturing & the Environment - Focusing on opportunities to further enhance organizations' environmental performance through lean initiatives.

  • National Award for Smart Growth Achievement - An annual EPA award that recognizes outstanding achievement in smart growth by state, local, or regional governments in five categories: Built Projects, Policies and Regulation, Community Outreach and Education, Public Schools, and Overall Excellence in Smart Growth.

  • National Environmental Performance Track - Recognition program for companies that voluntarily achieve high levels of environmental protection.

  • Product Stewardship - A product-centered approach to environmental protection. Also known as extended product responsibility (EPR), product stewardship calls on entities in the product life cycle– manufacturers, retailers, users, and disposers– to share responsibility for reducing the environmental impacts of products.

  • Innovative Pilots - Experimental projects designed to test alternative regulatory strategies that promise better environmental and public health protection than that provided through existing regulations.

  • Public Involvement - Shares information about public involvement activities across EPA and help users understand how different types of public involvement relate to EPA programs and how public input can be used in EPA decision-making processes.

  • Pulp and Paper Rule (water and air) - Encourages mills to move beyond baseline technologies, toward the mill of the future--one with minimum impact on the environment in exchange for extra time to comply.

  • Resource Conservation Challenge - A voluntary program that targets opportunities for preventing pollution and promoting recycling and reuse, reducing use of priority chemicals at all product life cycle stages, and conserving energy and materials.

  • Sector Strategies - This sector-based program promotes industry-wide environmental gains through innovative actions.

  • Small Business Gateway

  • Smart Growth - Approach that changes the terms of the development debate away from the traditional growth/no-growth question to "how and where should new development be accommodated."

  • State Innovation Grants - EPA State Innovation Grants Competition

  • Sustainable Futures - Encourages pollution prevention and the development of safer chemicals by bringing the benefits of risk screening methodologies to new product development.

  • Voluntary Partnership Programs - Maintained through mutual agreements between each EPA program and their member companies.

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