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Carpet America Recovery EffortThe Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is an initiative that seeks to create recycling alternatives for carpet disposal. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the EPA and the carpet industry, but is funded by the industry. The program seeks to "foster market based solutions for recovering value from discarded carpet to meet the goals of the negotiated outcomes [disposal reduction goals]. To accomplish its mission, CARE facilitates, advises, provide resources, and serves as a forum for the many different stakeholders." The initiative also supports the establishment of carpet recycling businesses/facilities.
Chesapeake Bay Program: Builders for the Bay- Region 3This program in EPA Region 3 is aimed at reducing environmental impacts from residential and commercial construction within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Under the leadership of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Center for Watershed Protection and the National Association of Home Builders, Builders for the Bay encourages implementing voluntary measures that reduce the environmental effects of residential and commercial development. Builders for the Bay focus on local jurisdictions in the Bay watershed in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Consumer Labeling InitiativeThe Consumer Labeling Initiative is a partnership between EPA, the specialty pesticide industry, environmental groups, and state and local governments. The initiative strives to make important health, safe use, and environmental information on household product labels easier to find, read, understand, and use.
EnergyStarEnergyStar is a voluntary program run by EPA that seeks to help consumers and businesses identify energy efficient products and solutions. Products in more than forty categories that meet the strict efficiency requirements of the program receive the EnergyStar label. The program encourages consumers and businesses to use energy-efficient products to minimize energy waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over the past decade, EnergyStar has been a driving force behind the more widespread use of such technological innovations as LED traffic lights, efficient fluorescent lighting, power management systems for office equipment, and low standby energy use.
Green Buildings WorkgroupEPA's Green Building Workgroup brings together the many programs across the Agency that work with the building and development sectors to improve their environmental performance. Green or sustainable building is the practice of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition. Research and experience increasingly demonstrate that when buildings are designed and operated with their lifecycle impacts in mind, they can provide great environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Green Power PartnershipThe Green Power Partnership is a voluntary initiative that promotes the use of renewable energy by providing companies that choose to utilize green power (electricity that is generated from resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro facilities) with technical assistance, networking possibilities, and public recognition. Industry partners commit to replacing a portion of their conventional energy usage with renewable energy within a year of joining the program. The goal of the initiative is to reduce industrial air pollution by cutting back on fossil fuel energy production.
Green Vehicle GuideEPA's Green Vehicle Guide is a searchable online database that allows consumers to search for the most environmentally friendly vehicles in a variety of categories. The Guide ranks the vehicles according to various measures of environmental performance.
GreenScapesEPA's GreenScapes program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for large-scale landscaping. Designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution, GreenScapes encourages companies, government agencies, and other entities to make more holistic decisions regarding waste generation and disposal and the associated impacts on land, water, air, and energy use. The GreenScapes program encourages companies/organizations to focus on "the four r's" in their landscaping: reduce (waste, water, etc.), reuse (waste, water), recycle (waste and water) and rebuy (purchase materials made from recycled products). The GreenScapes Alliance, which is part of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge, seeks to promote the environmental and cost-saving benefits of greenscaping.
Indoor EnvironmentsPromotes simple, low-cost methods for reducing indoor air quality risks.
National Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst ProgramFarm*A*Syst and Home*A*Syst are partnerships between government agencies and private business that enables you to prevent pollution on farms, ranches, and in homes using confidential environmental assessments. Home*A*Syst helps you identify potential risks to your family's health and the environment in your home and take action on those risks. Farm*A*Syst can help you determine what risks -- whether from livestock waste disposal, pesticide management or petroleum storage -- could threaten your family's health and financial security. A system of step-by-step factsheets and worksheets helps you to identify the behaviors and practices that are creating those risks.
Persistent Bioaccumluative and Toxic Chemicals ProgramThe EPA is reducing risks from and exposures to priority persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals through increased coordination among EPA national and regional programs. This PBT chemicals program has been established to overcome the remaining challenges in addressing priority PBT pollutants. EPA is committing, through this program, to create an enduring cross-office system that will address the cross-media issues associated with priority PBT pollutants.
Plug-In to eCyclingPlug-In to eCycling is a campaign run by EPA and industry partners that encourages people to recycle and reuse old electronic devices. The program is part of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge. Partner companies agree to assist with recycling events or with the promotion of the program. The program's goal is to reduce the amount of waste (both of materials such as plastics and hazardous substances such as lead) that results from the disposal of old electronics.
Reduced Risk for Conventional PesticidesBy their nature as substances that in many cases are designed to kill pests, pesticides can pose risks to humans and to the environment. The Reducing Pesticides Risk Web site provides individuals with information to reduce those risks in several ways. For example, EPA gives priority in its registration program for conventional chemical pesticides to pesticides that meet reduced risk criteria and suggests using biological pesticides and/or non-chemical methods to control pests. EPA provides additional resources and information on pesticides, health, and safety.
Schuylkill Action Network- Region 3The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) is a major effort to improve the Schuylkill River and its tributaries through the partnership of more than 60 government, business and non-profit partners convened by EPA to tackle the challenges in restoring the river. EPA committed to work with the City of Philadelphia on implementing protective measures and a source water assessment and translate it into actions that will reduce risks or avoid future threats to drinking water. The program communicates the experience and lessons learned to communities, and also enhances intergovernmental communication and coordination by working together to identify and resolve environmental issues.
Waste Minimization Program- Region 3The Waste Minimization Program seeks to reduce or eliminate waste in manufacturing in the U.S. To do this, the program promotes the concept of sustainability, and encourages industries that are already moving toward sustainable production and seek an opportunity to introduce it to other industries who have not yet embraced this concept. Sustainable manufacturing focuses on waste minimization showing that waste is not always the price of doing business and that waste is not the inevitable outcome of production and consumption. Rather, the program shows that waste is lost resource and should be a manufacturing cost variable that must be optimized with both direct and costs in mind.
WaterSenseWaterSense is a voluntary public-private partnership program sponsored by the U.S. EPA to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, services, and practices. By designating products and services that meet water-efficiency and performance specifications, WaterSense will help consumers identify water-efficient products that perform well, save money, and encourage innovation in manufacturing. WaterSense will partner with manufacturers, retailers, and utilities to bring WaterSense products to the marketplace and make it easy to purchase high performance, water-efficient products.