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Office of Environmental Innovation
Environmental Assessment & Innovation Division
EPA Region 3, Philadelphia, PA

“The most successful people are those who are  good at Plan B.”
- James Yorke, creator of “chaos theory”

Our mission is to foster and channel innovation throughout all aspects of business here at the Mid-Atlantic Region.  We view it is our job to come up with Plan B by:

Our Value Proposition

The Mid-Atlantic Office of Environmental Innovation can help you develop and implement new and creative solutions to environmental problems.  This includes improving the performance of traditional regulatory programs as well as creating new voluntary and non-regulatory approaches. The Office will help you generate, manage, and mainstream innovative changes; identify and explore emerging environmental issues; and evaluate promising new approaches to environmental protection.  We are:

Who We Are - What We Do

Associate Director (Acting)

Renee Searfoss (searfoss.renee@epa.gov)

Administrative Assistance

Michele Monroe (monroe.michele@epa.gov)

Climate Change/Energy

Michael Dunn (dunn.michael@epa.gov)

Steven Donohue (donohue.steven@epa.gov)


Lorna Rosenberg (rosenberg.lorna@epa.gov)

Maryann Helferty (helferty.maryann@epa.gov)

Children's Environmental Health

Prentiss Ward (ward.prentiss@epa.gov)

Business Assist. Center

David Byro (byro.david@epa.gov)

Call Us at 215-814-2701

Climate Change and Sustainability Coordination

As the nation learns more about the expanding scope of the causes and impacts of climate change, many analysts and policymakers see the issue as a great "silo-buster." For example, the environmental impacts of coal mining, coal combustion for electricity, and coal ash storage or reuse, cuts across three divisional and regulatory boundaries within EPA. The same is true for the expansive set of challenges effecting sustainability. In short, all of the Region’s program offices are responsible for climate change and sustainability. EAID will continue to advocate this holistic vision and provide leadership, innovation, and collaboration during the development of cross-cutting Regional climate change and sustainability strategies - as well as supporting focused initiatives and program development within each division.

This important work will provide great opportunities for our Office’s other charge — cultivating a distributed innovation culture across all the Region’s business units.  We call this promoting “i”innovation (small “i”) - these are the types of innovative and creative practices and activities that can occur in all of our day-to-day work without being the result of a so-called “Innovative” project.

Thinking Globally, Acting (Real) Locally

We need to change where we live. This is not a call to boost the sagging housing market—not that there’s anything wrong with that. What we need to change is what we expect, nay demand, from the buildings in which we sleep, work, and learn. The Mid-Atlantic Office of Environmental Innovation is actively advocating the multitude of benefits of green building and low-impact development. We are collaborating with a variety of stakeholders through our Local Governments Initiating Conservation for Sustainability (LOGICS) initiative to develop and deliver much needed resources regarding green building ordinances, green purchasing, energy efficiency and other concepts. Similarly, we are supporting a broader agenda regarding low-impact development and its benefits to community livability, stormwater management, and watershed protection.

Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

EPA's Mid-Atlantic Office of Environmental Innovation continues to provide national and Regional leadership on the issue of pharmaceuticals in the environment and disposal of unwanted medication.  We are successfully collaborating with the private sector, nonprofit organizations, academia, many levels of government, and offices and divisions in EPA Region 3, Headquarters, and our Office of Research and Development.  We have coordinated responses to national news stories and fostered partnerships among the many stakeholders concerned about pharmaceuticals.  We are coaching local and state governments on steps they can take to reduce pharmaceutical waste.  We are also leading the implementation of funded and supported pilot projects; conducting outreach to niche groups and the public; and serving as a nationally-recognized resource for organizations from Oregon to Pennsylvania to Florida.


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