U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Jackson will be joined by Commerce Department Undersecretary for International Trade Sanchez at the Water Environmental Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference on October 1, 2012 in New Orleans, LA to launch the U.S. Environmental Solutions Exporter Portal and a beta version of the U.S. Environmental Solutions Toolkit
The United States and Israel focus on scientific and technical collaboration to protect the environment, by exchanging scientific and technical information, arranging visits of scientific personnel, cooperating in scientific symposia and workshops, and undertaking cooperative research projects concerning problems of common interest. This work takes place under a new bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently signed in Tel Aviv between the EPA and the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection, which updates the existing bilateral agreement.
The Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) is requesting nominations for memberships on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC). The ETTAC advises the Environmental Trade Working Group (ETWG) of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), through the Secretary of Commerce in his capacity as Chairman of the TPCC.
There is a great deal of public participation being implemented throughout the world today. Laws and regulations in many countries regularly require public meetings and comment on government actions. Some require even more extensive forms of public engagement and input. EPA's Public Participation Guide provides tools for public participation and public outreach in environmental decision-making.
From June 13-22, 2012, nearly fifty thousand people from all levels of government and almost every sector gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (often referred to as Rio+20) and related events. Through this Conference – the largest in United Nations history – the global community elevated the conversation on sustainable development and reached a landmark agreement on its two main themes: the green economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD). EPA played an active role in the United States government preparations for and presence at Rio+20, in partnership with a range of U.S. agencies, led by the State Department, and the stakeholder community.
Around the world, cities are facing serious challenges, including growing populations, greater demands for services, strained infrastructure systems, and tighter budgets and resources. Local leaders are addressing these challenges with innovative investments in sustainable infrastructure projects. The Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS) brings together government, community and industry leaders from the United States and Brazil to generate economic growth, create decent jobs, eradicate poverty and protect the environment by increasing investment in green infrastructure and city-scale green technology strategies.