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Best Workplaces for Commuters
Best Workplaces for Commuters is a voluntary program established by EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that encourages companies to provide commuter benefit packages for their employees, thus decreasing single occupant vehicle commuting, which is stressful both to the individual and to the environment.

Carpet America Recovery Effort
The 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.

Climate Leaders
Climate Leaders is a voluntary program sponsored by EPA that encourages companies to design and commit to long-term plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Companies set five and ten year reduction goals and monitor the emissions of six major greenhouse gases, reporting their progress to EPA on an annual basis.

Combined Heat and Power Partnership
The Combined Heat and Power Partnership (CHP) is a voluntary program that promotes the use of cogeneration in place of separate electricity and heat production. The program encourages, assists and recognizes companies and organizations that implement CHP projects. Program goals include the increase of efficiency in energy production and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that result from producing thermal energy independently of electricity while failing to capture waste heat at power plants.

Compliance Assistance Centers
Compliance Assistance Centers are a partnership with industry, academic institutions, environmental groups, and other agencies that help businesses, local governments, and federal facilities understand federal environmental requirements and save money through pollution prevention techniques. The EPA Compliance Assistance Center Web site represents a Web portal, linking to the different centers.

EnergyStar 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.

Environmental Management Systems
The EPA's Environmental Management Systems (EMS) program brings together many Agency initiatives encouraging use of EMSs. An EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. Most EMSs are built on the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" model, leading to continual improvement.

Exposure Assessment Tools and Models-Screening Level Tools
A Web portal with links to many of EPA's screening tools, such as Chemical Screening Tool for Exposures and Environmental Releases (ChemSTEER), Estimation Program Interface Suite (EPI Suite), Exposure, Fate Assessment Screening Tool (E-FAST), Pesticide Inert Risk Assessment Tool (PIRAT), and ReachScan. Screening tools are often used in the absence of appropriate monitoring data or to compliment exposure related data and are designed to quickly "bin" chemicals by priority for future work and are commonly used in screening level risk assessments.

Greater Chicago P2 Alliance- Region 5
The Greater Chicago P2 Alliance creates cooperative partnerships between businesses, government and communities to promote P2 as the preferred strategy for environmental protection in Chicago and surrounding communities. The group performs research and outreach specific to industry segments that are common to the Chicago metro area. Partners regularly meet to share information on their pollution prevention (P2) activities and investigate opportunities to pool resources and work collaboratively.

Green Buildings Workgroup
EPA'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 Engineering
The goal of the Green Engineering Program is to promote the research and use of green engineering in production and design. Green engineering is the design, commercialization, and use of processes and products, which are feasible and economical while minimizing 1) generation of pollution at the source, and 2) risk to human health and the environment. The program hopes to institutionalize green thinking in the design and commercialization of products and processes through educational outreach, software development, and industry workshops. It hopes to go beyond focusing on waste reduction to the focus of elimination of environmental and health risks in the production process.

Green Meetings
The Green Meetings/Conference Initiative was developed and is supported by the EPA's Pollution Prevention Division to provide conference planners and suppliers of conference services, easy access to environmentally friendly goals of conference planning. The Initiative provides green options and opportunities for conference planning.

Green Power Partnership
The 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.

GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership
The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership is an EPA cooperative alliance with the supermarket industry to promote the adoption of technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances. GreenChill partners work to transition to non-ozone-depleting refrigerants, reduce refrigerant emissions, promote the adoption of advanced refrigeration technologies, and reduce the total impact of supermarkets on ozone depletion and global warming.

EPA'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.

Gulf of Mexico Program- Region 4 and Region 6
The Gulf of Mexico Program is a partnership of state and local governments of the five Gulf States, business and industry; federal agencies, and the academic community that provides a method for addressing environmental concerns that cross state and international jurisdictions, and a roundtable to discuss the protection of the Gulf resources. The program provides a forum for individuals and educational institutions to participate in the solution process for environmental problems that face the area.

Indoor Environments
Promotes simple, low-cost methods for reducing indoor air quality risks.

Land Revitalization Agenda
The Land Revitalization Agenda works to protect human health and the environment by cleaning up waste sites and restore land to productive commercial, residential, industrial, and green space end uses. The goals of EPA's Land Revitalization Agenda are to clean up our nation's contaminated land resources so that communities are able to safely return them to productive use, ensure that cleanups protect public health, welfare, and the environment and ensure that cleanups are consistent with future land use, and communicate information about cleanups that may be relevant to reuse.

The LCAccess Web site promotes the use of life cycle assessments (LCA) to make more informed decisions through a better understanding of the human health and environmental impacts of products, processes, and activities. The Web site serves as an informational portal for people both new to the concept of LCA and companies employing LCA practices, providing information on why one would want to perform an LCA, an overview of LCA, how to find LCA data sources, available LCA resources, on-going efforts in the field of LCA and upcoming LCA events.

National Environmental Performance Track
The National Environmental Performance Track (Performance Track) is a voluntary partnership program that recognizes and rewards private and public facilities that demonstrate strong environmental performance beyond current requirements. The program is based on the premise that government should complement existing programs with new tools and strategies that not only protect people and the environment, but also capture opportunities for reducing cost and spurring technological innovation. Member companies set performance goals that go beyond current regulations and continuously inform EPA of their progress.

One Cleanup Program
EPA's One Cleanup Program is a long-term initiative designed to support the ongoing planning and quality improvement efforts of EPA cleanup programs. The program reflects EPA's vision for how different cleanup programs at all levels of government can work together to meet the goal to improve the coordination, speed, and effectiveness of cleanups at the nation's contaminated sites and ensure that resources, activities, and results are effectively coordinated and communicated to the public. In addition, the One Cleanup Campaign helps EPA advance the principles of the President's Management Agenda, which includes budget and performance integration, improved financial performance, strategic management of human capital, and expanded electronic government.

Plug-In to eCycling
Plug-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.

Resource Conservation Challenge
The Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) is a national effort to find more flexible, yet protective ways to conserve natural resources and energy. The RCC is primarily organized around ambitious challenges and voluntary partnerships that aim to make dramatic progress in the achievement of these goals. RCC voluntary partnerships seek to improve environmental performance by challenging stakeholders to identify and implement innovative approaches that go beyond compliance and current regulations.

Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program
Partners in EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program help protect the ozone layer and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by disposing of old, inefficient refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and humidifiers using the best environmental practices available. In addition to recovering ozone-depleting chemicals from these appliances, RAD partners help to ensure that hazardous materials, such as mercury, PCBs, and used oil are not released into the environment. RAD partners include utilities, municipalities, retailers, manufacturers, universities, and other interested organizations.

Sector Strategies Program
Sector Strategies is a program run by EPA and the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation (OPEI). The purpose of the program is to work with different industry sectors to design sector specific strategies for improving environmental performance. Partner companies work with EPA and OPEI to promote the use of environmental management systems, to evaluate an industry's environmental performance and to reduce the burden of compliance with regulations.

SmartWay Transport
SmartWay Transport is a voluntary partnership between various freight industry sectors and EPA that establishes incentives for fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The program has three components: to aid partner companies (companies that commit to the program) to monitor and increase the efficiency of their operations; to reduce engine idling in freight vehicles and to increase the efficiency and use of fail and intermodal operations. Program members commit to evaluating and setting performance goals for their fleet.

WasteWise is free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. Program members set their own waste reduction goals and design plans that best suit their businesses. EPA offers technical assistance and public recognition for company waste reduction efforts.

WaterSense 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.

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