About  CARE
               The Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program,
               sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a
               competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for communities
               to take action to reduce toxic pollution. Through CARE, communities
               create local collaborative partnerships that implement local solutions to
               reduce releases of and minimize exposure to toxic pollutants.
               EPA helps CARE communities assess the environmental risks they
               face and provides access to voluntary programs to address local
               environmental priorities. In addition, EPA offers support for communities
               to develop their own approaches to reducing toxics. Examples of some
               of the EPA voluntary programs that reduce exposure to toxics and
               create safer communities include programs that: reduce emissions
               from diesel engines, clean abandoned industrial sites, reduce emissions
               from small business operations while reducing costs, improve the indoor
               environment in schools, and use pollution prevention to protect drinking
               water supplies.
               In addition to providing CARE grant recipients with direct technical assistance, the
               CARE program serves as a gateway to help communities access the range of tools
               and resources available to develop community partnerships, undertake broad-based
               risk assessments, and  implement actions to reduce risks. This Community Guide to
               EBA's Partnership Programs is designed to help communities navigate the range of
               EPA programs relevant to communities and find those programs that may be most
               useful in addressing local priorities.
               Updated annually, this second edition Guide incorporates  new EPA
               programs that may be of help to communities as they attempt to
               minimize risks posed by toxics.
               For more information about CARE, please visit

Table of Contents
           Adopt Your Watershed	4
           AgSIAR	5
           Carpet America Recovery Effort	6
           Children's Health Protection	7
           Clean Construction USA	8
           Clean Ports USA	9
           Clean School Bus USA	10
           Climate Leaders	11
           Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP)	12
           Community-Based Childhood Asthma Programs	13
           Community-Based Radon Reduction	15
           Design for the Environment (DfE)	16
           Energy Star Energy Management & Product Certification	17
           Environmental Tobacco Smoke/Smoke-free Homes	18
           Green Building Programs	19
           Green Power Partnership	20
           Green Suppliers Network	21
           GreenScapes	22
           Indoor Air Quality'Tools for Schools"	23
           Integrated Pest Management in Schools	24
           Landfill Methane Outreach Program	25
           National Clean Diesel Campaign	26
           National Nonpoint Source Management Program	27
           National Partnership for Environmental Priorities	28
           Natural Gas Star	29
           Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program	30
           Plug-In To eCycling	31
           Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign and Prevention Program	  32
           Smart Growth Program	33
           SmartWay Transport	34
           Source Water Protection Program	35
           Voluntary Diesel Retrofit Program	36
           Volunteer Water Monitoring Program	37
           WasteWise	38
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Community Guide to EPA's Partnership Programs

Adopt Your Watershed


           This program offers a list of resources and other organizations that will
           educate and support people to have a sense of stewardship and help them
           to protect their local lakes, rivers, streams and other wetland areas and
           bodies of water.

           Community Application
           Any community with ties to a watershed or wetland area will benefit from this
           program through increased public involvement and participation.

           Program Description
           The Adopt Your Watershed campaign came under the spotlight in 2002,
           the'Tear of Clean Water." It informs people about the various volunteer
           activities in their local watershed that they may participate in to help protect
           their local environment. Activities include monitoring, garbage cleanup,
           and water snapshots. There are also various forms of financial assistance
  The National Zoo in Washington, DC, adopted Rock Creek through the Adopt Your
  Watershed program and is attempting to bring it back to a healthy and diverse
  ecosystem. Through monitoring and other volunteer activities, they are trying to
  bring the bluebackand alewife herrings back to sustainable levels. These fish return
  from the Chesapeake Bay annually.The Zoo has also begun removing obstacles
  that are prohibiting the herring's migration route.
           Contact Information
           Patty Scott
           Office of Water

           AgSTAR is an outreach program designed to reduce methane emissions
           from livestock waste management operations by promoting the use of
           biogas recovery systems.

           Community Application
           Any community with confined animal feeding operations wishing to reduce
           methane emissions would benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The program encourages the use of methane recovery (biogas)
           technologies at the confined animal feeding operations that manage
           manure as liquids or slurries. These technologies reduce methane emissions
           while achieving other environmental benefits. AgSTAR provides an array
           of information and tools designed to assist producers in the evaluation
           and implementation of these systems including hotlines, conferences, and
           collaborating with federal and state renewable energy, agricultural, and
           environmental programs.
  Since the establishment of the program in 1994, the number of operational digester
  systems has doubled. This has produced significant environmental and energy
  benefits, including methane emission reductions of approximately 124,000 metric
  tons of carbon equivalent and annual energy generation of about 30 million kWh.
           Contact Information
           Christopher Voell
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9406
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Carpet America Recovery Effort


          Carpet America Recovery Effort is a voluntary initiative of the carpet
          industry and government to prevent carpet from burdening landfills.
          The program focuses on developing carpet reclamation and recycling

          Community Application
          Any community with a need to decrease the volume of waste entering
          landfills will benefit from this program.

          Program Description
          Carpet America Recovery Effort is a joint industry-government effort
          to increase the amount of recycling and reuse of post-consumer
          carpet and reduce the amount of waste carpet going into landfills. The
          program's mission is to foster market-based solutions for recovering value
          from discarded carpet to meet specific goals. To accomplish its mission,
          the program facilitates, advises, provides resources, and serves as a forum
          for the many different stakeholders. Types of assistance include business
          development, recovery, and product and market development.
          Contact Information
          John Glenn
          Office of Solid Waste and
          Emergency Response

Children's Health  Protection
           This mission of this program is to make the health protection of children a fundamental
           goal of public health and environmental protection in the United States and around the

           Community Application
           Any community hoping to address environmental health risks to children will benefit
           from this program. Children may have greater exposures to environmental toxicants than
           adults. In relation to body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe
           more air than adults. Children play close to the ground and place their hands in their
           mouths, which increases their exposure to toxicants in dust, soil, and low-lying toxicants
           in the air, such as pesticide vapors.

           Program Description
           The Office of Children's Health Protection builds community capacity to protect children
           from environmental health  threats by 1) providing citizens and communities with
           information and tools, 2) supporting community actions, 3) raising awareness among
           health care providers about the risks to children's health, 4) engaging youth in children's
           environmental health protection, and 5) working with states to develop children's health
   Providence, Rl, the 2005 Children's Environmental Health Award Winner, has a lead poisoning
   rate twice the national average. In 1992, the Childhood Lead Action project was developed to
   eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island communities through education, parent
   support, and advocacy.The project has expanded into four effective initiatives that educate and
   increase awareness about lead hazards.The Rhode Island Lead Collaborative is a skills-building
   initiative for lead educators dedicated to increasing community capacity for organized prevention
   planning. The Lead Hazard Awareness program conducts door-to-door outreach, public and
   private presentations, and training in vulnerable communities.The Lead Safe House Party
   initiative raises awareness in at-risk neighborhoods. Finally, the Lead-Safe Rl! training program
   seeks to train property owners and professionals about lead-safe work practices, community
   notification rules, and inspection procedures.
           Contact Information
           Ted Cooopwood
           Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education
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Clean Construction USA


           The goal of Clean Construction USA is to reduce the exposure of the public
           to diesel exhaust from diesel construction equipment by encouraging the
           replacement or retrofit of in-use equipment with newer emissions control

           Community Application
           Any community wishing to reduce exposure to toxic diesel exhaust from
           construction sites and equipment would benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The program has a four pronged approach to cut down on pollution
           caused by construction equipment. The program aims to do this through
           anti-idling policies, fueling equipment with cleaner fuels, retrofitting existing
           equipment, and replacing the oldest engines and equipment.There are
           grants available at both a state and federal level which will help support
           communities attempting to implement these changes. Some communities
           and construction projects have also implemented contract specifications to
           require the use of cleaner construction equipment.
  In November 2005, the EPA Administrator announced the award of more than
  $1 Million in grants for retrofitting or repowering diesel construction equipment
  and nonroad projects. Nine grants will reduce diesel emissions in construction
  equipment and improve air quality while serving as valuable models for future
  clean diesel projects in the nonroad sector. For more information about these
  grants, go to:

  Many of the projects involve the installation of diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) or
  the upgrading or repowering of construction equipment to make them operate
  cleaner. Prior success from previous construction equipment in Boston's Big Dig
  Tunnel project and the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Improvement Program
  helped pave the way.
           Contact Information
           Monica Beard-Raymond
           Office of Air and Radiation

Clean Ports  USA
           As part of EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign, the Clean Ports USA
           initiative's goal is to voluntarily reduce emissions from existing diesel engines
           at ports.

           Community Application
           Any community wishing to reduce exposure to toxic diesel exhaust from the
           2,000 ports in the country would benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The program reduces pollution caused by diesel equipment at marine
           ports. Clean Ports USA accomplishes this through a variety of cost-effective
           strategies, including encouraging ports to use cleaner fuels, retrofit
           equipment, and replace the oldest engines with cleaner ones. The program
           also promotes operational strategies such as increased reduced idling,
           enhanced use of IT to promote efficiency and reduce exhaust, and gate
           improvements to avoid truck idling. Grant opportunities and other incentives
           are available at both a state and federal level which will help support port
  A terminal operator from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey achieved
  35 percent emission reduction over a two year period while increasing operations
  by 19 percent and saving 20 percent on fuel usage. This company voluntarily
  purchased certified on-highway engines that meet tighter emissions standards and
  feature automatic idling shut-offs as the company replaced on-dock equipment.
  They have also voluntarily switched their entire operation over to 500 ppm sulfur
  on-highway fuel that these new engines require, instead of the 3,000 ppm sulfur
  nonroad diesel fuel.
           Contact Information
           Patricia D. Koman
           Office of Transportation and Air Quality
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Clean School Bus  USA


           The goal of Clean School Bus USA is to reduce both children's exposure to
           diesel exhaust and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school

           Community Application
           Any community wishing to reduce exposure to toxic diesel exhaust from
           outdated school buses would benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The program has a three-tiered approach to cut down on pollution caused
           by school buses.The program aims to do this through anti-idling policies,
           retrofitted buses, and replacement of the oldest vehicles. There are multiple
           grants and awards available at both a state and federal level which will
           help support communities attempting to implement these changes.
  On June 14,2004, two school districts in Michigan were awarded grants totaling
  almost $200,000 which will help retrofit the older diesel-fueled buses.The buses
  will be retrofitted with diesel oxidation catalysts that use a chemical process to
  breakdown pollutants in the exhaust stream into less harmful components.The
  catalysts can be installed on any new or used bus and run on regular diesel fuel.
  Over 70 grants to communities have been awarded since 2003 for clean school bus
           Contact Information
           Jennifer L. Keller
           Clean School Bus USA
           Office of Air and Radiation

Climate  Leaders

           Climate Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to
           develop long-term, comprehensive climate change strategies. Companies of all sizes and
           in all sectors are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through this program.
           Community Application
           Businesses seeking to do their part in reducing the risks of climate change in their
           communities will benefit from joining this program.
           Program Description
           Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by
           setting aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals and reporting their progress to EPA
           annually. Through program participation, companies create a credible record of their
           accomplishments and recieve EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders.
  The Climate Protection Campaign (CPC) was founded in 2001 to bring together the Sonoma
  County, California government, businesses and communities to achieve larger greenhouse
  gas emissions reductions than each of these sectors would accomplish by acting alone. CPC
  successfully assisted the county in setting the boldest emissions reduction target of any U.S.
  community- 25% below 1990levels by 2015. Through a partnership with state-funded energy
  efficiency programs, CPC engages local business partners with California's aggressive energy
  efficiency improvements goals. Two of these business partners, Sonoma Wone Company and
  North Bay Construction, joined the Climate Leaders program to pursue aggressive greenhouse
  gas reduction goals and energy efficiencies that will contribute to the overall emissions target of
  Sonoma County.
           Contact Information
           Jim Sullivan
           Climate Leaders Program
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9241
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Coalbed Methane Outreach Program



           The mission of this program is to promote the profitable recovery and use of
           coal mine methane (CMM), a greenhouse gas more than 20 times as potent
           as carbon dioxide.

           Community Application
           Any community seeking to improve the environmental standard of their coal
           mining operations will benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           By working cooperatively with coal companies and related industries, CMOP
           helps to identify and implement methods to use CMM instead of emitting it
           into the atmosphere. In turn, these actions mitigate climate change, improve
           mine safety and productivity, and generate revenues and cost savings.
           Since its inception in 1994, CMOP has provided technical assistance to the
           coal industry by evaluating CMM recovery technologies and use options
           and the project economics for those options. Examples of such assistance
           include: providing important outreach services to keep the industry abreast
           of important developments through a quarterly newsletter and weekly email
           updates, supporting international efforts to reduce CMM emissions through
           the Methane to Markets Partnership and the Asia Pacific Partnership, and
           supporting the use of innovative technologies to harness ventilation air
           methane through a technology demonstration project.
  Since CMOP began in 1994, the U.S. coal mining industry has captured and used
  over 279 billion cubic feet (10.7 billion cubic meters) of CMM. This is the equivalent
  of removing 153 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In 2004,
  this provided enough energy to heat 457,000 homes and generated an estimated
  $188 million in revenue through gas and power sales.
           Contact Information
           Pamela Franklin
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9476

Community-Based Childhood
Asthma Programs
          This program encourages and supports communities to unite resources and
          stakeholders to address environmental pollutants that contribute to the
          burden of asthma.

          Community Application
          Any community seeking to reduce exposure to indoor and outdoor asthma
          triggers, including air toxics; to reduce asthma health care costs; and to
          improve the quality of life for people with asthma and their families will
          benefit from this program.

          Program Description
          EPA strives to improve the health of people with asthma — in particular
          disproportionately impacted populations — by 1) increasing knowledge
          about the importance of working with a doctor, developing an asthma
          action plan, and identifying personal asthma triggers; 2) fostering acquisition
          of new skills and behavior changes to reduce exposure to environmental
          asthma triggers; and 3) impacting the type and quality of care provided
          to people with asthma.To accomplish this, EPA works directly with people
          with asthma as well as with a variety of stakeholders, including health care
          providers, commercial and public health insurers, state agencies, child care
          and school personnel, community-based organizations and coalitions.
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Community-Based Childhood Asthma Programs—continued
  Examples of community asthma programs supported by EPA
  Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP):
  The CAPP home visit program for children with asthma and their families provides
  education and support for trigger management. Children enrolled in this program
  have fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations for asthma (http://www. EPA tools and resources, such as the booklet
  Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma, are designed to meet the needs of
  parents with limited reading skills (
  West Carrollton City OH School District: School officials improved school
  environments for all staff and students, including those with asthma, by supporting
  good indoor air quality (IAQ) management practices. District officials fostered a
  proactive approach, based on EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools program, to address
  IAQ complaints and problems. Absenteeism  rates have declined nearly 9 percent
  district-wide since the program was established, and as much as 12 percent in one
  school. The district is now a regional resource and mentor for other schools
  Richmond VA Asthma Coalition: Controlling Asthma in the Richmond
  MetropolitanArea (CARMA) used the Goldfish Media Campaign to raise awareness
  about asthma and to promote the CARMA services available to Richmond
  metropolitan area families. The Goldfish Campaign is a collaboration between
  EPA and the Ad Council, and it includes public service announcements for radio
  and TV, billboard and transit posters, and newspaper and magazine ads, in English
  and Spanish. These products are available free of charge (
           Contact Information
           Dave Rowson
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9449

Community-Based  Radon Reduction


           This program encourages community-based testing for radon, fixing problems
           when high radon levels are found in homes and schools, and building new
           homes with radon resistant new construction.

           Community Application
           Communities concerned with exposure to pollutants contributing to cancer
           would benefit from this community awareness campaign.

           Program Description
           EPA has developed a Radon Outreach and Education Materials CD-ROM
           (Draft) for local  organizations such as state and local governments, non-profit
           organizations, and educational institutions.The CD-ROM contains how-
           to guides, customizable presentations, sample materials and more.These
           materials can be used to connect with local media, businesses, civic groups,
           and other organizations. Communities are provided with sample outreach
           materials including outreach material templates, slide presentations for
           community and special-interest audiences, publications (available through
           the national IAQ clearinghouse), and technical support (available  through
           state radon programs and EPA Headquarters program office). EPA assists
           communities in obtaining low-cost radon testing devices and conducting
           laboratory analysis of the results. EPA works with communities to  identify
           strategies for fixing homes with high levels of radon. Many strategies include
           the creation of  public private partnerships.
  Counties like Erie County, N.Y. have developed materials and programs to inform
  citizens about the seriousness of radon exposure in their homes. Erie County recently
  updated  its radon awareness video with the help of Buffalo State College. The video
  encourages and instructs viewers on how to use home radon test kits and mitigation
  techniques, and also explains contributing factors to the county's radon problems
  like Erie County's topography and geography. The VMS and DVD forms of this video
  are used  at health fairs and throughout the county schools, and are available at
  all 52 county public libraries, legislative offices, and by contacting the Erie County
  Office of  Indoor Air Quality.
           Contact Information
           Susie Shimek
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9054
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Design for the Environment  (DfE)


           DfE provides tools and approaches that allow businesses and communities
           to integrate environmental and health considerations into business decisions.

           Community Application
           Any community seeking to promote the use of alternative processes, safer
           product formulations, and emerging innovative technologies in industry in an
           effort to reduce chemical emissions and exposures, cut chemical waste, and
           improve overall safety will benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The DfE Program promotes pollution prevention and risk reduction activities
           in industrial sectors and surrounding communities.To accomplish this mission,
           DfE forms partnerships with industry and other interested parties to develop
           information on environmental and human  health impacts, performance,
           and cost of cleaner technologies and approaches. The program also
           disseminates information to help businesses design and redesign cost-
           effective products and processes that are cleaner and safer for workers and
           the public. It achieves this goal through technical support and advice.
  DfE demonstrated that small business auto refinishing shops adopting best
  practices can reduce toxic paint emissions in the shop and community by roughly
  30 percent, or over a ton per shop annually, while saving as much as $13,000 per
  year. DfE conducts train-the-trainer workshops for vocational technical instructors,
  students, trade associations and shops to promote a best practice standard in the
  auto refinishing industry. If DfE best practices were implemented at all 50,000 auto
  refinishing shops nationwide, hazardous air emissions could be reduced by 86,000
  tons per year and shops could save $650 million.
           Contact Information
           Clive Davies
           Office of Prevention, Pesticides
           and Toxics

Energy Star Residential  and  Commercial  Programs


           ENERGY Star is a program managed by EPA and DOE that helps organizations and
           individuals protect the environment and save money through superior energy efficiency.

           Community Application
           Any community interested in avoiding local greenhouse gas emissions and reducing
           energy costs will benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           In 1992 EPA introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed
           to identify and promote cost-effective energy efficient products in order to reduce
           greenhouse gas emissions. Over the last 15 years, the program has grown to include
           over 50 categories of qualified product categories, labeled new homes, resources
           for improving the efficiency of existing homes; and tools and guidance for strategic
           energy managementin the commercial and industrial sectors.  By choosing Energy Star
           consumers save up to 30%-or $600 annually-on their energy bills, many Businesses and
           organizations can also save up to 30% through improved energy management and
           building upgrades, In 2006, Americans, with tthe help of Energy Star, saved $14 billion
           in energy costs while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 25
           million vehicles.
   There are mulitple ways communities can participate in the Energy Star program.The ENERGY
   STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign is a national challenge to encourage every
   American to help change the world, one light-one energy saving-- step at a time. You can show
   your commitment by pledging to replace atleast one light in your home with one that has earned
   the ENERGY STAR. Community organizations can also sponsor pledge drives. Americans have
   pledged to change over a million light bulbs! In the commercial sector, the Energy Star challenge
   is a call to building owners and operates to reduce the energy use in the building by 10% or more.
   More than 500 organizations_including over 150 local governments_have joined the challenge.
          Contact Information
          Energy Star Hotline
          1-888-STARYES (782-7937)

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Environmental Tobacco Smoke/
Smoke-free Homes

          This program encourages parents, caregivers and others to protect children
          from secondhand smoke especially in the home and car.

          Community Application
          All communities seeking to improve indoor air quality, particularly for children,
          will benefit from this program through motivating parents, caregivers, and
          others not to smoke in their homes or cars.

          Program Description
          Making homes and cars smoke-free helps protect children from bronchitis,
          pneumonia, more frequent and more severe asthma attacks, respiratory
          illnesses, ear infections and even sudden infant death syndrome.The
          program offers health information for parents and asks them to take the
          Smoke-free Home Pledge to keep their home and car smoke-free. Smoke-
          free Home information is available in English and Spanish.
  The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of Black
  County Officials (NOBCO) are successful participants in the Smoke-free Homes
  Program, having received approximately 20,000 pledges through their outreach
  efforts. Through advocacy of county officials, NACo and NOBCO member counties
  have participated in national challenges, worked with schools and school districts,
  and involved their communities in hands on activities that educate the public on
  the health risks of secondhand smoke to children. Parents, caregivers, and other
  adults are encouraged to take the Smoke-free Home pledge and, until they can
  quit, to smoke outside.
          Contact Information
          Sheila Brown
          Office of Air and Radiation
          (202) 343-9439

Green Building  Programs
           Green building is the practice of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models
           of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition. EPA's Green
           Building programs together strive for a built environment that protects and enhances of
           ecosystems and the public.

           Community Application
           EPA's Green Building programs provide tools and resources useful to any
           community seeking to reduce the environmental impacts of building
           and development projects—from homes to shopping centers to religious
           establishments to office buildings.

           Program Description
           Green Building-related programs across the Agency provide tools and
           resources covering energy efficiency and renewable energy, water
           stewardship, environmentally preferable building materials and specifications,
           waste reduction, indoor environmental quality, smart growth, and sustainable
   The EPA-sponsored Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers
   ( is a comprehensive guide for procuring green
   construction and renovation services. More than 60 model specification sections
   are in the Guide covering items from waste management to paint to HVAC.The
   Guide provides guide spec language for specifying environmental performance
   requirements of materials and installation methods as well as for prescribing the
   quality standards of construction procedures to be executed on the project.
   Additionally, the Guide lays out the contractors'submittal requirements-key to the
   building owners'efforts to measure environmental results. EPA intends the Guide
   to be a living document—expanding into new sections and raising the bar as the
   green building industry matures.
           Contact Information
           Ken Sandier
           Office of Air and Radiation -
           Indoor Environments
Alison Kinn Bennett
Office of Pollution Prevention and
(202) 564-8859
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Green  Power Partnership


           EPA's Green Power Partnership (GPP) is a voluntary program helping to
           increase the demand for renewable energy as a way to reduce the
           risk of climate change and the environmental impacts associated with
           conventional electricity use. A community-wide green power purchase is
           one of the easiest and most effective ways for a community to address its
           sustainability and environmental goals.

           Community Application
           EPA supports communities in the development of community-wide
           green power initiatives and provides recognition to those that reach the
           Partnership's minimum purchase requirements. Community green power
           purchases can serve as an effective way to generate goodwill and pride
           among local stakeholder groups, as well as generate local economic

           Program Description
           EPA's Green Power Partnership includes a wide variety of leading
           organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, local, state, and federal
           governments, trade associations, and colleges and universities.  Green
           power is electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable
           resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, low-impact biomass and low-
           impact hydro. By voluntarily purchasing green power, communities can
           help accelerate the development of new, domestic renewable energy
           generation facilities.  Unlike conventional electricity generation, green power
           produces little to no net greenhouse gas emissions and is cleaner for the

  This program includes the use of green tags as one of the incentives. Green tags
  allow customers to purchase the renewable attributes of a specific quantity of
  renewable energy. Green tags are sold separately from electricity and  can be
  purchased from locations throughout the U.S. In this way, a customer  can choose
  green power even if the local utility or marketer does not offer a green power
  product. One green tag typically represents the renewable attributes associated
  with one megawatt hour of green power. Through the use of green tags, green
  power becomes accessible to all.

           Contact Information
           Matt Clouse
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9004

Green  Suppliers Network
           The Green Suppliers Network provides lean and clean technical assistance to small and
           medium-sized manufacturers to help them optimize their resources and improve their
           environmental footprint.

           Community Application
           Green Suppliers Network provides CARE communities with a unique opportunity
           to engage small and medium-sized enterprises in their community's long-term
           environmental projects. The Green Suppliers Network also provides an economic
           incentive for manufacturers who are considering their involvement with CARE, by
           identifying cost effective ways of eliminating waste, improving efficiency, and reducing
           environmental impacts on the community.

           Program Description
           The Green Suppliers Network is a partnership program among industry, the U.S.
           Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The
           Green Suppliers Network works with large manufacturing companies to engage facilities
           and suppliers facilities in low-cost technical reviews that focis on process improvement
           and waste minimization. EPA provides program support and some funding.
  With the help of a Green Suppliers Network Lean and Clean review, H&L Advantage has begun to
  transform the way they do business. H&L Advantage is a small injection molding manufacturer
  located in Grandville, Michigan. With sixty employees and forty years in the business, H&L
  Advantage knows what it takes to compete. When they were nominated to participate in Green
  Suppliers by their largest customer, they viewed participation as an opportunity to rise above
  the rest.Through the Green Suppliers Network review process, H&L Advantage worked on-site
  with Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality and The Right Place, West Michigan's
  360vu center. These experts in Lean and Clean manufacturing techinques helped H&L Advantage
  identify over a dozen improvement opportunities in August 2004.

           Contact Information
           Kristin Pierre
           Office of Prevention, Pesticides
           and Toxic Substances
           (202) 564-8837
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           The purpose of GreenScapes is to promote sustainable, environmentally
           beneficial landscape practices across the nation.

           Community Application
           Any organization, agency, community, or individual with green space would
           benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           GreenScapes is designed to provide cost-efficient and environmentally
           friendly solutions for landscape design, construction, and maintenance
           - large and small. The goal is to preserve natural resources and prevent
           waste and pollution by encouraging organizations and individuals to make
           more holistic decisions regarding their landscape practices and purchases.
           GreenScapes promotes practices and products that meet the users needs
           but have a better environmental profile than current methods.
  Compost made from the food scraps of more than 1,500 food related businesses
  and thousands of residents in San Francisco is being used on vineyards throughout
  Northern California's wine country to enhance the quality of the soil. More than
  300 tons of food scraps are sent to Jepson Prairie Organics composting facility
  each day, and 12 vineyards are currently using Jepson's compost.This project
  is one example of'closing the loop"— organics are taken from San Francisco
  tables, composted, put back into the soil, and returned to San Francisco
  restaurants as wine. Chris Choate, regional manager for compost facilities, says,
  "San Francisco likes the program because it shows how restaurants can do their
  part to divert waste from the landfills." Linda Hale, vineyard manager at Madrone
  Vineyards, thought using Jepson's compost was a great opportunity/'Farmers
  are environmental stewards and must be careful with the soil,"she notes. Using
  compost produced with food scraps allows the vineyard to help both the soil
  and the environment."Participating in this program is a win-win situation,"agrees
  DarekTrowbridge, vineyard manager at Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery. The
  partnership between Jepson and local vineyards continues to thrive because it is
  beneficial to the growers and the environment.There are no additional costs for
  growers, people are seeing the farm and city connection, and the program is in line
  with U.S. trends towards sustainable and organic agriculture.

           Contact Information
           Jean Schwab
           GreenScapes Program Manager
           (703) 308-8669

Indoor Air Quality "Tools for Schools"
           This program aims to help schools improve indoor air quality through
           inexpensive methods with the aid of an extensive guidance and support kit.

           Community Application
           Any community seeking to improve the indoor air quality of their schools will
           benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Kit shows schools how to carry
           out a practical plan of action to improve indoor air problems at little or
           no cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff.The voluntary
           guidance in IAQ Tools for Schools can save schools time and money so that
           attention can be directed to educating children. It contains activities for
           both staff and students.
  Burlington School District of Burlington, Vermont, has overcome a tight budget and
  aging facilities to become a statewide leader and mentor in promoting good IAQ
  for students and staff. Burlington emphasized broad cooperation, clever, low-cost
  fixes, and good communication.The district implemented an anti-idling policy and
  employed direct communication and cooperation with vendors, which helped
  solve IAQ problems created by an air intake location near two schools' loading
  docks. Burlington utilized multiple grants to purchase HEPA vacuum cleaners and to
  make improvements in several school HVAC systems. A new emergency response
  system enables school or community members to report IAQ concerns by writing
  a simple ticket, establishing a detailed tracking system and allowing the district to
  respond quickly to concerns. The effects have been remarkable, demonstrated by
  a drop in one school's annual absenteeism rates among asthmatic students from 31
  days to 2 days in just one year.
           Contact Information
           David Rowson
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9449
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Integrated  Pest Management in Schools


           This program builds partnerships with universities, who are developing
           training programs, school districts doing Integrated Pest Management
           (IPM) pilot programs, and non-profit organizations developing IPM models
           and certification programs. The overall goal is to get schools to adopt IPM
           practices to control pests in their facilities.

           Community Application
           All communities have schools. Implementing school IPM provides a segue for
           healthier homes and an overall safer environment for us all.

           Program Description
           IPM in Schools is a voluntary program that forms partnerships with
           organizations that have the goal of protecting public health and providing
           a safe environment. Two virtual IPM Centers for Schools and Day Cares
           - Purdue University (1 -877-668-8476) and Texas A&M University (1 -877-747-
           6872) - were funded by EPA to enhance adoption of IPM. These and other
           partnerships continue to leverage dollars from many different sources to
           continue their work in schools.
  IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is working to increase the adoption of IPM
  in schools nationwide.The Institute has created IPM Star, a school certification
  program, and helped to implement the program in several school districts,
  including: Newton, MA; Anne Arundel County, MD; New York City, NY; Kyrene, AZ;
  Auburn, AL; Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit their website at:

  The Monroe IPM Model is a 22 step process reliant on intensive communication
  and partnership and based on sound pest management as practiced by national
  experts. For more information, visit their website at:
           Contact Information
           Sherry Click
           Office of Prevention, Pesticides
           and Toxic Substances
           (702) 784-8276

Landfill Methane  Outreach Program
          The U.S. EPA's landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) is a voluntary asistance program
          that helps to reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging the recovery and
          use of landfill gas as an energy resource.

          Community Application
          Any community wishing to utilize an alternative, renewable, green energy
          source will benefit from this program.

          Program Description
          LMOP forms partnerships with communities, landfill owners, utilities, power marketers,
          states, project developers, tribes, and non-profit organizations to help partners overcome
          barriers to project development. Program assistance includes helping partners assess
          project feasibility, find financing, and market the benefits of project development to the
  In the year 2006,425 operational LFG energy projects in 40 states prevented the release of over 22
  million metric tons of carbon equivalent, since the program has began in 1994, LMOP has assisted
  in the development of over 330 LFG utilization projects that have reduced methane emissions
  24 mmtce.This reduction is the carbon equivalent of removing the emissions from 16 million
  vehicles on the road or planting over 20 million acres of forest for one year.
           Contact Information
           Brian Guzzone
           Landfill Methane Outreach Program
           (202) 343-9248
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National Clean  Diesel Campaign
           This program offers information, technical support, and assistance funding
           to help communities reduce exposure to diesel exhaust from both new and
           existing diesel engines.

           Community Application
           Any community aiming to reduce toxic emissions through diesel retrofits
           would benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The National Clean Diesel Campaign promotes the reduction of emissions
           through a variety of cost-effective and innovative strategies, including
           switching to cleaner fuels, retrofitting, repairing, repowering, replacement
           and idle reduction, among others.The program also verifies emissions
           reductions of retrofit technologies.  A network of Regional Collaborates
           provides support to local efforts. The Energy Policy Act and SAFETEA-LU
           transportation legislation provide new incentives for emission reductions.
  There are approximately 220 cleaner diesel projects nationwide, located in 44
  States and the District of Columbia. Over 500 partners are participating in the
  projects. These partners'contributions have leveraged federal funds by over 2:1. In
  addition, over 20 States and the District of Columbia are using ultra-low sulfur diesel
  fuel well ahead of EPA's 2006 mandate as a result of the National Clean Diesel
           Contact Information
           Jim Blubaugh
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9244

National Nonpoint Source Management

           This program aims to help communities reduce nonpoint source pollution or
           polluted runoff entering local rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands.

           Community Application
           Any community wanting to decrease nonpoint source pollutants will benefit
           from this program.

           Program Description
           Nonpoint source pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over
           and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away
           natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them  into lakes, rivers,
           wetlands, coastal waters, and even our underground sources  of drinking
           water. This program, authorized under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act,
           offers financial assistance and outreach materials to prevent and clean up
  California's major water supply reservoirs are located on rangeland, and eight of
  the state's major drainage basins are dominated by commonly grazed vegetation.
  Most of this rangeland is in private ownership. The water quality problems associated
  with this grazing include nutrients and pathogens, erosion, and sedimentation. Some
  of the more serious impacts have threatened the state's drinking water supply with
  bacterial contamination and caused significant declines in the state's cold-water
  salmon and steelhead trout fishery. With funding from EPA, the University of California
  Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with the California Cattlemen's Association
  and others, has developed and is presenting a voluntary Ranch Water Quality
  Planning Short Course. In the course, ranchers receive information to assist them
  in making an assessment of nonpoint source pollution on their land and to help
  them determine the extent to which their operation might be contributing to water
  quality problems.
          Contact Information
          Office of Water

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National Partnership for Environmental
          The goal of the program is to encourage the elimination or minimization of
          hazardous and industrial wastes, particularly those waste streams containing
          one or more of the 31 priority chemicals.

          Community Application
          Any community seeking to reduce the amount of waste generated and
          lower the toxicity and persistence of those wastes that are unavoidable will
          benefit from this program.

          Program Description
          EPA's National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) focuses efforts
          on reducing 31 Priority Chemicals found in our nation's products and wastes
          by finding solutions that eliminate or substantially reduce the use of Priority
          Chemicals in production, or on recovering or recycling these chemicals
          where they cannot easily be eliminated or reduced at the source. This is
          done through partnerships with public and private organizations.These
          partnerships offer recognition and technical support to recipients.
  Shell developed arrangements that now enable spent lead oxide catalyst to be
  recycled to recover the lead value instead of sending it to land disposal. In the last
  year, this resulted in sending 65 tons of spent catalyst to be recycled, recovering the
  12 tons of lead that it contained. Lead recovery was chosen as a goal because
  it was the last sizeable hazardous waste stream that was routinely disposed. Since
  it contained lead, a Priority Chemical, it was a good fit for participation in the
  National Partnership for Environmental Priorities.The lead is recovered by using it
  as feedstock to secondary lead smelting, the same process that is used to recover
  lead from automobile batteries.
          Contact Information
          Newman Smith
          Office of Solid Waste and
          Emergency Response

Natural Gas Star
           This program aims to reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations
           by identifying and promoting the implementation of mitigation technologies
           and management practices.

           Community Application
           All communities with oil and natural gas production facilities within the
           community that wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will benefit from
           this program.

           Program Description
           The Natural Gas STAR Program is a flexible, voluntary partnership between
           EPA and the oil and natural gas industry.Through the Program, EPA works
           with companies that produce, process, transmit and distribute natural gas to
           identify and promote the implementation of cost-effective technologies and
           practices to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
   Now in its 14th year, the Natural Gas STAR Program continues to achieve great
   successes. Gas STAR partners have eliminated more than 577 billion cubic feet
   (Bcf) of methane emissions through the implementation of more than 120 cost-
   effective technologies and practices. For calendar year 2006, Gas STAR partners
   reported emissions reductions of approximately 85.9 Bcf. These emission reductions,
   voluntarily undertaken by Natural Gas STAR partner companies, have cross-cutting
   benefits on domestic energy supply, industrial efficiency, revenue generation and
   greenhouse gas emission reductions. The 2006 voluntary emissions reductions are
   equivalent to additional revenue of more than $600 million in natural gas sales
   (assumes 2006 average gas price of $7.00 per thousand cubic feet), and the
   global warming equivalent of removing approximately 7.5 million cars from the
   road for one year or 28.9 million acres of pine or fir forests storing carbon for one
           Contact Information
           Roger Fernandez
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9386
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Pesticide  Environmental Stewardship Program


          This program aims to reduce risk from the use of pesticides and to go
          beyond regulatory requirements to a higher level of environmental
          stewardship for pest management.

          Community Application
          All communities aiming to reduce pesticide risks within the community will
          benefit from this program.

          Program Description
          The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is a voluntary
          program that forms partnerships with pesticide users to reduce the health
          and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and implement
          pollution prevention strategies. EPA started the program in 1994. Grants are
          available to assist with risk reduction. Each PESP Partner and Supporter is
          provided an EPA Liaison, from the Office of Pesticide Programs or an EPA
          Regional Office, who works with the member to provide information and
          assistance in developing and implementing their strategy. The EPA Liaisons
          are these organizations'single-point customer service representatives at EPA.
          They  provide information on EPA activities, assist in developing the strategy,
          and provide information on funding opportunities to support strategy
  To date, there are well over 150 program members and supporters throughout the
  country. Members submit a strategy outlining their plan for pesticide risk reduction
  which is posted online for public viewing.
          Contact Information
          Stephen Morrill
          Office of Prevention, Pesticides
          and Toxic Substances

Plug-In To eCycling
           The aim of the program is to increase the number of convenient and low-
           cost opportunities for citizens to recycle their old electronics, and to increase
           awareness and desire to recycle these products

           Community Application
           All communities with a desire to recycle electronics will benefit from this

           Program Description
           Plug-In To eCycling is a consumer electronics campaign working to increase
           the number of electronic devices collected and safely recycled in the United
           States. Launched in January 2003, Plug-In To eCycling is one component
           of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge. Plug-In To eCycling focuses on
           three major areas: providing the public with information about electronics
           recycling and increasing opportunities to safely recycle old electronics;
           facilitating partnerships with communities, electronics manufacturers, and
           retailers to promote shared responsibility for safe electronics recycling; and
           establishing pilot projects to test innovative approaches to safe electronics
  Staples, Inc partnered with the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) to conduct a six-
  week pilot program to measure the success of retail-based electronics recycling.
  This pilot tested and measured the reverse distribution process as a unique strategy
  for transporting old computers and other business equipment from consumers to
  recyclers. This process uses the same channels that provide the new products to
  customers to collect and transport the old electronics to the distribution centers.
  In the summer of 2004, Plug-In partner Staples tested the two-pronged approach
  to its reverse-distribution system. Delivery trucks transported old electronics from 14
  small business customers and 27 retail stores in New England to distribution centers,
  where the  electronics were gathered for recycling. Staples, the Product Stewardship
  Institute, 10 partnering manufacturers and Envirocycle, Inc. recycled over 115,000 Ibs.
  of unwanted electronic equipment during the six-week pilot.
           Contact Information
           Katharine Kaplan Osdoba
           Office of Solid Waste and
           Emergency Response
           (703) 308-8659
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Schools Chemical  Cleanout Campaign and

Prevention Program  (SC3)


           The goal of the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign and Prevention
           Program (SC3) is to improve the learning environment in K-12 schools by
           reducing chemical exposures to staff and students and improving chemical
           management. Adopting safer chemical management practices, as
           promoted by SC3, will likely result in fewer school days lost and healthier
           students and faculty.

           Community Application
           Any community with an interest in healthy school environments and
           protecting children from exposure to unnecessary, dangerous, mismanaged
           chemicals would benefit from the SC3 program.

           Program Description
           The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign provides information to
           schools and communities regarding the potential dangers of chemical
           accumulations in K-12 schools as well as steps to facilitate chemical
           cleanouts and prevent future chemical management problems.  Successful
           chemical management programs are tailored to meet an individual
           school's needs, but all share some common elements, including: on-site
           technical assistance, education and awareness training for staff, and forming
           partnerships with external organizations. EPA is working with partners (federal
           agencies, teacher associations, chemical suppliers, among others) to
           develop partnerships that work toward meeting SCS's goals and establishing
           a national SC3 program that will make clean-out and prevention available
           to every school in the country.

  Rhode Island (Rl) formed the Chemical Safe Schools Committee, which includes Rl
  Departments of Health, Labor, Education and Environmental Management; Brown
  University; Rl Committee on Occupational Safety and Health; Community College
  of Rhode Island; and Miriam Hospital. They are working together to help schools
  minimize the health, safety and environmental  risks associated with chemicals in
  schools. Through the efforts of this committee more than 800 hazardous chemicals
  are no longer allowed in schools.The committee created a handbook on
  laboratory safety, reviewed chemical inventories, conducted training, and helped
  clean out a number of schools.

           Contact Information
           Kristina Meson
           Office of Solid Waste
           (703) 308-8488

Smart Growth Program
           The Smart Growth Program aims to help states and communities better
           understand the impacts of development patterns, and realize the
           environmental, economic, community and public health benefits of smart

           Community Application
           Most development decisions are made at the local level. Communities
           wishing to make more informed decisions about growth and development
           may take advantage of the information and resources provided by EPA's
           Smart Growth Program and by the Smart Growth Network.

           Program Description
           The Smart Growth Program provides information and technical assistance to
           help communities implement successful development strategies. Additional
           assistance is also available through the Smart Growth Network, a group of
           diverse organizations who work together to create and promote innovative
           smart growth tools.

  Davidson, NC was a Winner of EPA's 2004 National Award for Smart Growth
  Achievement. To preserve and enhance Davidson's  character, the town adopted
  the Davidson Land Plan in 1995 and an innovative Planning Ordinance in 2001.
  The ordinance seeks significant public involvement, a critical component for
  any community that wants to plan where and how  it will grow. The town requires
  pedestrian, bicycle, and street circulation plans for all  new development. Streets are
  designed to discourage cars from speeding, making it easier for Davidson's 7,800
  residents to walk and bicycle around the town. To further encourage walking, the
  town requires narrow, tree lined streets with on-street parking and sidewalks on both
  sides of the street. Recognizing that housing prices can sometimes increase when
  a community creates great places to live, the town requires that 12.5 percent of all
  new housing be affordable to families  making less than the county's median family
  income. Davidson's plan and ordinance have allowed the town to build on its
  strengths while accommodating new growth.

           Contact Information
           Development, Community and
           Environment Division
           Office of Policy Economics and
           (202) 566-2878
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SmartWay Transport

                                             www. epa.go v/smar tway

           The goal of the SmartWay Transport program is to create low emission, high
           fuel efficient freight vehicles, and improve the environmental performance
           and fuel efficiency of the US freight sector. The program uses a voluntary
           market incentive system that encourages retailers/end users to choose
           freight companies that are environmental leaders in their respective industry

           Community Application
           All communities with shipping needs will benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           SmartWay Transport Partners represent commercial, industrial, and public
           sector organizations that commit to improve fuel efficiency, reduce
           greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution of their ground freight
           transportation. EPA provides Partners with benefits and services that
           include fleet management and emissions modeling tools, technical
           support, information, public recognition, and, for exceptional environmental
           performers, use of the SmartWay Transport Partner logo.
  Since the program's inception, SmartWay projects that its program activities will
  eliminate more than 3.2 million tons of CO2 and reduce diesel fuel consumption by
  nearly 300 million gallons annually.There are currently over 430 companies signed
  on as partners.These companies have all committed to improve the environmental
  performance of their freight operations and go beyond compliance in their
  environmental planning. The list of participating companies is available online at
           Contact Information
           Ann Kee
           Office of Transportation and
           Air Quality

Source Water Protection Program


           This program aims to prevent the contamination of source water -- the
           untreated water from streams, rivers, lakes or underground aquifers which is
           the supply of private wells and public drinking water.

           Community Application
           Protecting source water makes sense for any community. It makes good
           public health sense, good economic sense, and good environmental sense.

           Program Description
           Preventing contamination of drinking water supplies is an important
           mission within EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. The Source
           Water Protection Program provides basic information about the water
           used for drinking water and the federal, state and local programs that
           assess and manage potential public health risks, including a Web Guide
           — an annotated guide to EPA source water resources. Resources include
           assessement information, training resources, information about funding
           sources, and local case studies.
  In remote parts of Alaska, native villagers continue to choose traditional water
  supplies — snow melt, roof catchments, surface waters and natural springs — over
  available treated supplies.To assess and communicate the health impacts of
  traditional water use, a steering committee of local community and tribal members
  as well as university and government professionals, developed a statewide survey
  of water sources and distribution sites. The steering committee used traditional
  communication methods — including dances and skits — at popular potluck
  celebrations in three pilot communities. Similarly, the committee combined videos
  and traditional storytelling to share test results at operator workshops throughout
  Alaska. Next steps include recommendations for improved access and water use
  options for families and continued research on treatment alternatives that meet
  local needs.
           Contact Information
           Roy Simon
           Office of Water
           (202) 564-3867
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Voluntary  Diesel  Retrofit Program


           This program, which is a part of EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign, offers
           information and technical support on retrofitting diesel engines to cut down
           toxic emissions.

           Community Application
           Any community aiming to reduce toxic emissions through diesel retrofits
           would benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The program helps fleet owners and operators, state and local government
           air quality planners, and retrofit and engine manufacturers to understand
           diesel retrofits and obtain information they need to create effective retrofit
           projects.There is technical support as well as grants and other tools to
           expedite the retrofit process. In addition, the program works with industry to
           introduce verified technologies to the market as cost effectively as possible,
           while providing customers with confidence that verified technologies will
           provide emissions reductions as advertised.
  On February 23,2005, EPA announced the award of $1.6 million to grantees for
  projects designed to demonstrate effective emissions reduction stratgies for diesel
  fleets.The grantees are state and local governmental organizations, including
  air agencies and port authorities, and non-governmental organizations. Each
  demonstration project reduces the impacts of pollution on a population that is
  especially susceptible to the effects of diesel exhaust, including children, the elderly
  and the chronically ill.The 18 recipients will utilize funding to retrofit a variety of
  diesel vehicles, including construction, agricultural and port equipment, refuse
  haulers, fire trucks, ambulances and locomotives. Criteria for selection included
  evaluation of each proposal's implementation plan, air quality benefits, diversity of
  technology application, vehicle type and geographic location, originality, and the
  likelihood of success of the project.
           Contact Information
           Dennis Johnson
           Office of Air and Radiation
           (202) 343-9278

Volunteer Water Monitoring  Program


           The goal of the Volunteer Water Monitoring Program is to encourage support of
           volunteers throughout the country who are trained to monitor water quality conditions
           (physical, chemical, and biological). Volunteer monitoring programs may share their data
           with local and state governments, and often become involved in watershed stewardship
           and education.

           Community Application
           Any community with concerns about the quality of water in their rivers and
           streams will benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           The program offers tools and assistance for volunteers interested in
           monitoring their local water quality. EPA offers guidelines and instructions for
           monitoring various bodies of water. They also provide lists of local monitoring
           groups and suggestions on how to start a new group. Many of the volunteer
           groups work closely with staffers from local and state environmental
           agencies.They offer advice and disseminate the data collected.
  Alabama Water Watch is a citizen volunteer monitoring program that is
  coordinated from Auburn University. Our goal is to educate citizens of Alabama,
  and shared watersheds of neighboring states, about water issues, train them to
  measure water quality, and work with citizens to improve environmental quality
  and policy. Since the inception of the AWW Prog ram in late 1992,200 groups have
  sampled 1,400 sites on 500 water bodies and submitted 17,000 chemistry and 8,000
  bacteria data forms. All data received is analyzed, summarized, charted, graphed,
  and presented to the monitors, policy makers, media, and other interested citizens
  through a semi-annual newsletter, video presentations, and report series on
  particular water bodies monitored.
           Contact Information
           Alice Mayio
           Office of Water
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           This program aims to assist and challenge businesses, institutions, and
           governments to find savings and increase efficiency through innovative
           waste reduction activities.

           Community Application
           All communities seeking to reduce solid waste will benefit from this program.

           Program Description
           WasteWise is a free, voluntary, EPA program through which organizations
           eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting
           their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise is a flexible program
           that allows partners to design their own waste reduction programs tailored
           to their needs. The benefits, apart from the immediate financial savings,
           include technical support, public recognition and access to forums and
  Following a competitive selection process, WasteWise named 12 "Partners of the
  Year" in 2004. WasteWise Partners of the Year are those partners who achieved
  and reported the most impressive waste reduction results for 2003. WasteWise
  also recognized 15 Program Champions and 16 Honorable Mentions who made
  noteworthy accomplishments in waste prevention, recycling collection, and buying
  or manufacturing recycled-content products in 2003. WasteWise also inducted
  two new members into its Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes partners
  that continually excel in waste reduction efforts, provide ongoing support to the
  WasteWise program, and serve as role models for other partners. Awards are given
           Contact Information
           Terry Grist
           Office of Solid Waste and
           Emergency Response
           (703) 308-7257

           The mission of Watersense is to protect the future of our nation's water supply by
           promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and programs.

           Community Application
           Using water more efficiently makes sense for sonsumers, communities, and the
           environemnt. Water efficiency measures, as part of broader conservation efforts, can
           help reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs and conserve resources for future
           generations. Local governments can partner with WaterSense to promote the value of
           water and help consumers and  other water users mae smart choices regarding water the
           use and water-using products.

           Program Description
           WaterSense seeks to promote water efficiency and enhance the market for water-
           efficient products and services. The program labels water-efficient products thereby
           helping consumers identify those products in the marketplace, while ensuring product
           performance and encouraging  innovation in manufacturing. The goal of WaterSense is
           to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through high-efficiency products and simple

           Contact Information
           Virginia Lee
           Office of Wastewater Management
           (866) 987-7367
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June 2010