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Smart Sectors

EPA NY, NJ and the Caribbean: Smart Sectors Program

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In EPA's New York, New Jersey and the Caribbean Region, Smart Sectors is located in the Office of the Regional Administrator, where the sector leads are able to engage with Regional leadership across the land, water, air, and chemical program offices, as well as with national program offices at EPA's headquarters.

At EPA Region 2, program leads for each sector will:

  • Serve as ombudsmen within the Region across program offices
  • Conduct educational site visits and host roundtables with Regional EPA leadership
  • Analyze data and advise on forward-thinking options for environmental improvement
  • Maintain meaningful, open dialogue with regional and national trade association partners and their environmental committees
  • Develop regional reports, as needed, that profile the impact of each sector on the economy and the environment

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EPA Region 2 (NY, NJ and the Caribbean) Smart Sectors


The program will first focus on the agriculture sector because agriculture is a key sector of the economy in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as with eight tribal nations in New York State. 

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News and Upcoming Events

Cortland, New York (September 6, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday announced the launch of a Smart Sectors agricultural program in EPA Region 2, a partnership between the Agency and regulated sectors that is focused on achieving better environmental outcomes in partnership with key sectors of the economy in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as with eight tribal Nations in New York State.

EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez was joined today by more than 50 Southern Tier farmers, agriculture stakeholders, New York State Ag & Markets, the New York Farm Bureau and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition at a roundtable discussion in Cortland, New York. Based on EPA’s national Smart Sectors program, this approach will provide a significant opportunity for the agency to consider more forward-thinking ways to protect the environment. Prior to the roundtable, Regional Administrator Lopez toured several farms in the Cortland area to discuss environmental issues and listen to individual suggestions and comments from farmers about their views on environmental stewardship and how EPA’s actions impact their business practices. Read more.

Stay connected (below) and bookmark this page for updates on Smart Sectors news and events. If you have a roundtable, conference, or group interested in hosting an event focused on achieving better environmental outcomes, please let us know at the email address below.

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Stay Connected

For more information on the Region 2 Smart Sectors Program, please send an email with your name, affiliation, and sector(s) of interest to David Kluesner at or 212-637-3653.  

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