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Overview of Recent EPA Activities

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Recognizing EPA’s long tradition of using collaborative processes to address environmental challenges, in January, 2004, Administrator Michael O. Leavitt asked EPA senior managers to build upon the Agency’s past experience and to chart a course for the future. As the first step in this process, EPA conducted an extensive internal review of its experiences with collaborative approaches to environmental protection, including nearly 200 EPA case studies, as well as an extensive examination of the scientific and Agency literature on the subject. Through this research, the study team produced a Draft Discussion Guide that identified seven “keys” to successful collaborative problem-solving.

Based on these findings, EPA leadership initiated a series of dialogue sessions with senior executives, managers, and staff throughout the Agency regarding the future of collaborative problem-solving at EPA. Participants proposed hundreds of ideas for enhancing the Agency’s collaborative problem-solving efforts. Based on these contributions, EPA is now implementing activities in four thematic areas: (1) build expert knowledge, skills, and capacity; (2) develop collaborative leadership at all levels through recruitment and career development; (3) align planning, budgeting, and accountability systems to foster collaboration; and (4) target priority environmental problems. EPA anticipates that focused investment in these four strategic areas will enable the Agency to take collaborative problem-solving to new heights, enabling it to more effectively deliver the cleaner air, water, and land that the American public deserves.

New Collaboration tools

Continued dialogue of EPA collaboration efforts at relevant conferences

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