Compliance Assistance and Voluntary Programs for Federal Facilities
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EPA provides compliance assistance to the regulated community to help facilities, private and federal, comply with federal environmental requirements. Compliance assistance is provided in a variety of ways, including compliance assistance centers, workshops, conferences, round tables, training courses, webinars, and publications.
FedCenter.gov provides information on environmental statutes, executive order requirements, pollution prevention and sustainability, environmental management systems, new legislation, and energy. FedCenter also maintains a calendar of events, provides web-based training and makes available other user tools for agency forums and workgroup collaboration.
Compliance Assistance Centers provide more targeted information for certain regulatory sectors, like construction, automobile repair and agriculture.
Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides information to facilitate the federal government's implementation of sound, cost-effective energy management and investment practices to enhance the nation's energy security and environmental stewardship.
LEED Program, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Building Rating System™ accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
Sources for environmental information, scientific, technical, management, and policy information are:
- National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) is a clearinghouse and distribution center for EPA publications
- EPA National Library Network provides access to information about the environment and related scientific, technical, management, and policy information
Partnership and Stewardship Programs
Stewardship and partnership programs for the regulated community address a wide variety of environmental issues by working collaboratively with companies, government entities, organizations, communities, and individuals. A few with a federal focus are:
- Federal Green Challenge is a national initiative under US EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, challenging federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the Federal Government's environmental impact.
- Green Power Partnership supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Partnering with EPA can help your organization lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce its carbon footprint, and communicate its leadership to key stakeholders.
- The Resource Conservation Challenge, a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently and sustainably.
- Waste Wise Program seeks to reduce municipal solid waste through innovative waste prevention and recycling techniques.
- The Resource Conservation Challenge is a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently and sustainably. Its goals are to prevent pollution and promote reuse and recycling, reduce priority and toxic chemicals in products and waste and conserve energy and materials.