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National Environmental Innovations Symposium

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A Partnership Between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Council of the States, and the Council for Excellence in Government
December 6 - 7, 2000
Hyatt Regency Crown Center
Kansas City, Missouri

The National Environmental Innovations Symposium brought together State and EPA staff to discuss some of the most exciting and creative developments in environmental protection today. During this two-day event, participants learned from each other and from other individuals that have been involved in recent environmental experiments and innovations. The goal was to increase awareness about new approaches and to spark more thinking about how successful initiatives might be applied more broadly to achieve environmental results.

The agenda offered numerous case study presentations, panel discussions, and several keynote addresses, including one from Malcolm Sparrow, a nationally recognized speaker and leader in the field of regulatory innovation. The agenda included Breakout Sessions focused on five major themes:

Information and Technology
Partnerships
New Models for Environmental Protection
Market Based Approaches
Enforcement and Compliance

Participants had an opportunity to learn, and to begin building a network of individuals that are committed to finding the most efficient and effective environmental strategies possible and that want to connect and build partnerships around common goals.

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