Epa And Wired Cooperative Pilots 11 1 07


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Presentation on the initiatives within EPA that could integrate with WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development), a Department of Labor initiative

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  • Epa And Wired Cooperative Pilots 11 1 07

    1. 1. Piloting Innovation Through Partnership: U.S. EPA and the WIRED Program David Widawsky, Ph.D. Associate Director Office of Environmental Policy Innovation U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    2. 2. Short Outline for Very Short Presentation <ul><li>Innovation at EPA </li></ul><ul><li>EPA Partnerships and Programs: Grounded in Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion: Collaborative Pilots </li></ul>
    3. 3. EPA’s 10 Regions: Local Partnerships
    4. 4. WIRED Regions: 3 Generations <ul><li>Finding linkages to EPA regions and partnerships </li></ul>
    5. 5. What do we mean by Clean Tech? Tools Solar Natural Gas Mechanical Efficiency Electrical Efficiency Cellulosic Future Fuels Plastics Water Materials Coal Efficiency Oil Corn/ Sugar Fuels Wind Building Materials Geothermal
    6. 6. Support for Clean Tech and Energy: Leveraging Along Entire R&D Continuum Research/ Proof of Concept Development Demonstration Verification Commercialization/ Diffusion, Utilization EPA & Partners EPA & Partners EPA & Partners EPA & Partners EPA & Partners Basic R&D Grants Small Business Innovation Research Cooperative Research and Development Technology verification and validation Commercial scale grants/loans Export programs, trade promotion, trade financing
    7. 7. EPA’s Partnership Programs: Improving economics results and environment performance <ul><li>Partnership programs enable flexible, collaborative, market-driven solutions that can deliver measurable environmental results. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>improve access to technical advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide industries a framework and strategy for increasing their environmental performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create networks of businesses and industries interested in becoming better environmental stewards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Air Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Efficiency and Global Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Pollution Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Regulatory Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Sector Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Waste Management </li></ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul>www.epa.gov/partners
    8. 8. Sector Strategies Program <ul><li>Agribusiness </li></ul><ul><li>Cement Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges and Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Forest Products </li></ul><ul><li>Iron and Steel </li></ul><ul><li>Metal Casting </li></ul><ul><li>Metal Finishing </li></ul><ul><li>Oil and Gas </li></ul><ul><li>Paint and Coatings </li></ul><ul><li>Ports </li></ul><ul><li>Shipbuilding and Ship Repair </li></ul>http://www.epa.gov/sectors/ <ul><li>At present, there are 13 manufacturing and service sectors participating in Sector Strategies: </li></ul>
    9. 9. Ports: An Opportunity of Growing Importance <ul><li>Key Environmental Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce air emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Improve water quality </li></ul><ul><li>Managing dredge material </li></ul><ul><li>Minimizing impacts of growth </li></ul><ul><li>Key Economic Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Improve efficiency of diesel engines </li></ul><ul><li>Replace diesel-based on-shore electricity with grid-based energy </li></ul><ul><li>Educate truckers and equipment operators about strategies to reduce engine idling </li></ul><ul><li>Green building design elements </li></ul>http://www.epa.gov/opispdwb/ports/
    10. 10. Lean Manufacturing <ul><li>EPA Lean Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships, Tool Development, and Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Lean & Pollution Prevention Network </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. EPA Wins International Prize in Lean Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Lean & EMS Integration in the Shipbuilding Sector </li></ul>http://www.epa.gov/lean/
    11. 11. Smart Growth <ul><li>Technical assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>The EPA smart growth program helps communities improve their development practices and get the type of development they want. </li></ul><ul><li>The program works with local, state, and national experts to discover and encourage successful, environmentally sensitive development strategies through: </li></ul>http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/ <ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Grants and other funding </li></ul><ul><li>2007 Grantees: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>California Department of Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City of Denver, Colorado </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City of Greensboro, North Carolina </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valley Metro Transit with the cities of Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Green Buildings <ul><li>Environmental benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Improve air and water quality </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce waste streams </li></ul><ul><li>Conserve and restore natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>Economic benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce operating costs </li></ul><ul><li>Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services </li></ul><ul><li>Improve occupant productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize life-cycle economic performance </li></ul>http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/
    13. 13. Biofuels: Environment and Economy <ul><li>Large landscape of issues and opportunities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major current federal players (DoE, USDA, DoT) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>EPA role: sustainable production of biofuels and biofuel infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous initiatives assessing long- and short-term sustainability of biofuel systems </li></ul><ul><li>Information integration is key element of National Biofuels Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping resources, facilities, infrastructure, and workforce is critical to future success </li></ul>
    14. 14. Mapping Assets, Resources, and Vulnerabilities
    15. 16. Where Does Innovation Happen at EPA? Cross-Media Programs Single-Media Programs EPA Regions Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation
    16. 17. Discussion Questions <ul><li>What are the most promising “win/win” opportunities for collaboration? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Buildings, Ports (other sector), Biofuels, Technology? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is the right combination of national and local coordination? How local is local? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the appropriate partners at federal and local level? Public and private partners? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the desired outcomes and timeframes for collaborations? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we add value? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we measure success? </li></ul></ul>