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New Environmental Partnership with Industry Sectors

Release Date: 05/02/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819/

(05/02/03) On May 1, in Washington, D.C., Administrator Whitman announced the new Sectors Strategies Program at the Leadership Conference of the Associated General Contractors of America. The new program is being established by EPA’s Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation to develop understanding and new ideas in environmental management. EPA will partner with key trade associations to develop strategies to promote the adoption of environmental management systems (EMS), to foster better regulatory performance, and to improve mechanisms for measuring environmental progress. EMSs are comprehensive programs in which companies or facilities assess their environmental impacts, set improvement goals, carry out plans to achieve them and monitor results. The sectors selected today are: Agribusiness, Cement Manufacturing, Colleges and Universities, Construction, Forest Products, Iron and Steel Manufacturing, and Ports. Additional information is available at: or contact Bob Benson, Director of the Sector Strategies Division, at 202-566-2954 or at .