Sustainable Manufacturing

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Federal Programs

Several federal agencies have programs that support and offer resources on sustainable manufacturing, based on each agency’s particular expertise. This page provides information on these agencies and links to relevant sustainable manufacturing programs.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA operates several programs dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes and products. These programs provide regulatory guidance, tools, best-practice resources, case studies, technical assistance, and partnership opportunities.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

The USDA supports sustainable manufacturing through rural development education, outreach, and assistance programs.

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U.S. Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce supports a national network of manufacturing assistance centers, and provides grant programs and educational materials to support sustainable manufacturing efforts.

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U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan provides a comprehensive strategy to reduce waste and improve resource use efficiency across the agency.

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U.S. Department of Energy

The Department of Energy designs and supports programs including technical assistance, grant programs, and partnerships to support the development of innovative energy efficiency solutions and advanced manufacturing methods.

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U.S. Department of Labor

The Department of Labor supports sustainable manufacturing efforts through support of educational and outreach efforts.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers provide a wide array of technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses, including manufacturers, to support business performance and sustainability.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA engages in research-based efforts to create innovative technology solutions that will improve resource efficiency in aviation.

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