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EPA to Host Earth Day Meeting on Sustainability Projects

Release Date: 04/17/2008
Contact Information: Melissa Anley-Mills, (202) 564-5179 / anley-mills.melissa@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C., – April 17, 2008) Scientists and engineers supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS) program are meeting April 22-23, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and in EPA offices in Washington, D.C., to solicit input and share early progress on their projects. In addition, there will be interagency panel discussions on broad sustainability themes— energy and materials; water and land use; and accessing shared information.

The CNS grantees approach sustainability from many diverse perspectives, including land use options that best protect water quality; the symbiotic reuse and recycling of materials by an industrial network within a region; and regional energy generation and conservation options that best protect air quality and mitigate climate change.

"The CNS program is helping us to better translate the concept of sustainability into science that informs practical action," said Dr. William Sanders, director of EPA's National Center for Environmental Research.

In all cases, multi-disciplinary science and engineering investigators have teamed with diverse decision-makers in the public and/or private sectors to systemically understand regional problems and develop creative solutions that address environmental, economic, and social dimensions.

This event is being held in partnership with the National Sustainable Design Expo featuring EPA’s People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award. Both events are free and open to the public.

More information on the Collaborative Science and Technology Network For Sustainability (CNS): http://es.epa.gov/ncer/cns/

More information on the CNS workshop: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/events/#apr2208

More information on the CNS projects: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/research.display/rpt/abs/rfa_list/388,436

More information on P3 and the National Sustainable Design Expo: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/p3/expo/index.html

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