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Environmental Innovation Portfolio

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


EPA's Environmental Innovation Portfolio: Strategic Approaches for Leading Change

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created a National Center for Environmental Innovation to bring creativity to bear on solving pressing environmental problems. Our long-term goals are to foster a performance-oriented regulatory system, promote environmental stewardship behavior, and create a culture of creative problem-solving.

In pursuing the Center’s mission, we recognize the challenge state and federal environmental managers face in finding effective new approaches to achieve environmental results while robustly operating today’s regulatory programs. The good news is that the last decade has seen an unprecedented level of creative thinking and experimentation in state and local government and at EPA. The paradox is that the resulting expansion of available approaches has made it more difficult for state and federal managers to identify those strategies relevant to their particular priorities.

This Environmental Innovation Portfolio was prepared to help overcome that barrier by:

  1. categorizing the types of strategies that environmental agencies can use to reap better results;
  2. highlighting promising projects as examples of approaches that can be adopted or adapted;
  3. promoting networking among people working on similar problems who can benefit from shared experiences.

Our hope is that the Portfolio will help you take advantage of the wealth of experience of your fellow travelers in the quest for increasingly effective environmental protection strategies. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in that journey, and in continuously improving our methods for sharing our collective experience along the way.

You can navigate to the seven change areas using the links below. Within each change area, a number of example innovations are highlighted with links to more information; this Web site incorporates a number of additional examples that are not found in the print version of the Portfolio.

(You can download a PDF version of the Portfolio (PDF, 28 pages, 2.54 MB, About PDF). Alternatively, order printed copies through the National Service Center for Environmental Publications by calling 1-800-490-9198 and referencing document number EPA 100-R-05-002.)

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