Framework for Cooperation
United States Department of Energy, Chicago Regional Support Office, and United States Environmental Protection Agency, RegionV
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 (USEPA, Region 5) and the United States Department of Energy, Chicago Regional Support Office (CRSO) are committed to the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy as valuable options for reducing and preventing pollution, reducing dependence on imported fuels, reducing costs, boosting competitiveness, promoting sustainable economic development, and addressing global warming. A principle goal of this framework is to improve air quality and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through market forces, new technology, and energy efficiency. Each agency has expertise of value to the other, and each has developed a base of stakeholders and customers that could benefit from relationships from the other agency.
While each agency will pursue its specific mission in the manner most consistent with its legislative authorization, resources and overall objectives, substantial opportunity exists for the agencies to work cooperatively where interests overlap. This
Framework for Cooperation
between the USEPA, Region 5 and the Chicago Regional Support Office of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy represents recognition of these overlapping interests and the intent of the regional offices of these two agencies to develop a strong cooperative relationship with respect to these interests. The organizations see this
as flexible and expect that, as experience in working together grows, the
Joint Promotion and Cross-marketing
The two offices agree to develop, and implement as appropriate, joint promotions of programs and projects to encourage investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Each office agrees to distribute, as appropriate, program and project promotional literature supporting the programs of the other.
USEPA, Region 5 and the Chicago Regional Support Office agree to share customer contact information where such information is not covered by confidentiality agreements or would otherwise compromise program implementation.
The CRSO will involve USEPA, Region 5 in the design and implementation of its Communities Initiative, a program designed to deliver energy efficiency programs as a portfolio to communities.
The Offices will inform each other of major regional events in which both agencies could participate to promote their respective programs.
The Offices agree to notify, and involve as appropriate, the other in the planning of new regional energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives and programs.
The Offices agree to share information regarding the agencies’ awards of funds within the region in support of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The Offices will seek opportunities for joint sponsorship of events and meetings in support of their respective programs.
The Offices pledge to work toward development of an annual regional conference blending environmental, energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability themes.
Where appropriate, the Offices will work on joint press promotions.
Technical and Marketing Assistance
As requested and appropriate, CRSO will provide technical assistance to USEPA, Region 5 or its customers/stakeholders in the areas of building energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, and industrial energy efficiency. Where appropriate and feasible, CRSO will assist USEPA Region 5 and its customers/stakeholders in obtaining technical assistance from other DOE offices and the national labs.
USEPA, Region 5 will provide marketing assistance to the CRSO by holding regular meetings and training programs. USEPA, Region 5 and the CRSO will exchange technical information and communicate program policies and initiatives, including any appropriate regulatory reinvention efforts.
Joint sponsorship of Energy and Environment Conference.
USEPA, Region 5 and CRSO will work with General Services Administration and other Federal partners to ascertain feasibility of energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources in Federal buildings. In addition, the offices will work with GSA’s fleet management program for purchasing of fuel-efficient/clean vehicles.
USEPA, Region 5 and CRSO will develop a taskforce composed of Federal agencies, States, local governments, environmental organizations, academia and scientific institutions, and the private sector. The goal of this taskforce is to serve as a information resource and provide leadership in developing and communicating environmental and energy initiatiaves and programs.
CRSO and USEPA, Region 5, will coordinate efforts regarding the planning and implementation of the Energy Stars programs, the President’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative and other voluntary energy conservation programs within the region.
For the Department of Energy
Dan Reicher, Assistant Secretary
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
For the Environmental Protection Agency
Acting Regional Administrator
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This Information Last Modified On:
09/18/2008 03:58 PM