EPA's Role in the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)
Moving forward, the CEC will focus on projects and activities to tackle climate change and improve air quality, increase green transportation and address waste in trade. These are just a few amongst a host of cross-cutting issues to protect human health and the environment in North America.
- Other Recent Activities
- CEC Council
- CEC Secretariat
- Joint Public Advisory Committee
- Other Advisory Committees
- North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA)
- Working Groups
- Strategic Plan
- Operational Plan
The 23rd annual Regular Session of the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America took place September 8-9, 2016. Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, hosted then-U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, in Mérida, Yucatán.
The Council Session focused on Sustainable Communities and Ecosystems and on Youth and the Environment in North America. A ministerial statement Exitwas signed by all three ministers highlighting the importance of CEC work and NAPECA grants, and acknowledging the importance of traditional ecological knowledge and youth and the environment in North America.
- July 2015: Then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy hosted her counterparts from Canada and Mexico in Boston, Massachusetts, for the 22nd Annual Regular Session of the CEC. The meeting featured a public forum, hosted by the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), and a public session headed by the three environment ministers.
- April 2015: The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) held its first regular session of 2015 in Monterrey, Mexico on Green Growth and Sustainable Competitiveness in North America.Exit
- April 2015: The U.S. National Advisory Committee and Governmental Advisory Committee (NAC-GAC) met in Washington, D.C. to formulate advice to the U.S. Representative to the CEC (the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
- November 2014: The Joint Public Advisory Committee hosted “North America’s Coasts in a Changing Climate” Exit in Washington, D.C.
- April 2014: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the public release of the CEC factual record regarding United States activities under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to address mercury releases from coal-fired power plants. Read the Supplemental Statement from the U.S. EPA. Read the Factual Record on the CEC website. Exit
- March 2014: The North American parties to the CEC awarded $1.2 million in grants under the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program. Exit