Office of Strategic Environmental Management
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In 2002, EPA laid out a strategy for achieving better environmental results through innovation. This important framework recognizes that environmental problems are becoming increasingly complex, and that new ways of thinking and doing are needed to fully address them. Developed by EPA's Innovation Action Council, the strategy is based upon previous experiences with innovative approaches, careful consideration of recommendations from outside policy groups, and discussions with the states and a variety of stakeholders about the best ways to achieve environmental progress. It focuses EPA on finding solutions to a set of priority problems, developing new tools and approaches that can enhance problem solving, strengthening the innovation partnership with States and Tribes, and fostering innovation through the Agency's culture and organizational systems.
The strategy and related documents are provided below:
- Innovation Strategy Publications
- Innovating for Better Environmental Results:
A Strategy to Guide the Next Generation of Innovation at EPA (PDF,
28 pp., 1.9 MB, About
Order printed copies through the National Service Center for Environmental Publications by calling 1-800-490-9198 and referencing document number EPA 100-R-02-002.
- Key Actions (PDF, 4 pp., 230 KB, About
- Memo from Administrator to EPA staff about
Innovation Strategy (PDF, 1 p., 33 KB, About
- Memo from Deputy Administrator Linda Fisher to EPA managers about Implementing the Innovations Strategy (PDF, 3 pp., 280 KB, About PDF)
The Innovation Imperative (PDF, 10 pp., 623 KB, About PDF) - Article about innovation at EPA, by Tom Gibson, Associate Administrator. From the March/April 2002 edition of Environmental Forum, the policy journal of the Environmental Law.
- Innovating for Better Environmental Results (PDF, 4 pp., 196 KB, About PDF) - Article about innovation at EPA, by Tom Gibson, Associate Administrator. From the Spring 2002 edition of ECOStates, the quarterly jounral of the Environmental Council of the States.