Sustainability Partnership Areas of Interest
Note: The pilot phase for the Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Partnership (SP) has ended. EPA appreciates its collaborations with pilot participants and believes they will continue to embrace and promote more sustainable practices. EPA remains available to provide general sustainability support to organizations but will no longer accept new SP participants. Therefore, EPA will no longer update the information on this page and subpages, but will leave it in place for remainder of FY13 for reference. Further information on EPA's sustainability efforts can be found at http://www.epa.gov/sustainability
EPA partnership programs offer participating organizations a wide variety of valuable services and resources to reduce waste, save energy, encourage reuse and conserve resources. Participating organizations can benefit by addressing the environmental impacts of their own operations, and by pioneering with more efficient and environmentally friendly products and services.
The areas of focus listed below can serve as a guide for organizations wishing to reduce their environmental footprint and for helping to develop an eco-strategy to achieve that goal.
Energy Conservation – Proper power management and equipment can lead to increased energy efficiency, reduced costs and lowered emissions.
Materials Management – Reduce pollution by: choosing a greener product or design; adjusting a manufacturing process; expanding recycling programs; examining the life-cycle of materials and by reducing waste.
Water Conservation – Improve efficiency of water usage, reduce the need for new or expanded storage capacity, treatment works, or sewers.
Green Purchasing - Goods and services that most effectively minimize negative environmental impacts over their life-cycle from manufacture, to transportation, use, recycling or disposal.
Fuel Efficiency and Air Quality – Burning fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that contribute to climate change.
Green Buildings and Land Use - Green building practices create innovative, efficient and enjoyable work or living space which over their lifetime have reduced energy and maintenance costs. Careful site selection minimizes impacts on the surrounding environment.
Recycling – Reuse of materials and goods reduces waste streams and the use of raw materials.
If you are a major organization located in the Mid-Atlantic Region and are interested in joining or would like information about the Sustainability Partnership, please contact EPA by e-mail (R3_Partnership@epa.gov) or by phone (800-438-2474).