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EPA and Peace Corps Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Release Date: 12/14/2010
Contact Information: Jalil Isa (News Media Only), isa.jalil@epa.gov, 202-564-3226, 202-564-4355 Peace Corps Press Office PressOffice@PeaceCorps.gov 202-692-2230

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, Aaron Williams, announced a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate stronger institutional ties between the two organizations. The MOU will explore opportunities to collaborate on a wide range of environmental issues -- including efforts to bring cleaner cookstoves to millions in the developing world -- while engaging young people, expanding the conversation on environmentalism, and supporting local solutions for communities here at home and around the world.

“The partnership between EPA and the Peace Corps marks an important advance in the work and mission of both organizations,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “EPA and the Peace Corps can expand our efforts both here at home and throughout the world, combining our experiences and knowledge to tackle complex and pressing environmental issues confronting our global community.”

“Everyday, thousands of Peace Corps volunteers around the planet work with local communities to find sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing environmental issues,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “Our collaborative work with the EPA will help empower more communities to make environmentally friendly choices.”

Under the MOU, EPA and the Peace Corps will explore opportunities to collaborate on important issues such as distributing clean cookstoves. People in developing countries face extraordinarily high exposures to toxic smoke from indoor fires and inefficient cookstoves that lead to nearly 2 million deaths each year, primarily in young children and women.
The organizations will also work on environmental education, community monitoring, solid waste, waste water and safe water management, and climate change.


More information on the EPA-Peace Corps MOU:
www.epa.gov/international/about/peacecorps.pdf

More information about EPA’s International Priorities:
www.epa.gov/international/topsix.html

More information about the U.S. Peace Corps:
www.peacecorps.gov/