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EPA for Businesses and Non-Profits

Understand and comply with environmental laws and regulations - Learn about industry and government sector-based activities, tools and technical assistance designed to help you understand and meet your obligations under environmental laws and regulations

Partnership programs - Partnership programs enable flexible, collaborative, market-driven solutions that can deliver measurable environmental results. Learn about the array of EPA partnership programs and the benefits of joining them.

Environmental stewardship - From the way they manage their operations to the products and services they offer customers to the projects and activities they support in their communities, businesses and other institutions can play an important role in protecting the environment and preserving natural resources. Search this database for environmental stewardship opportunities for your business.

Protect the environment in your workplace - Information about preventing pollution in the workplace, and raising awareness of health and safety issues.

Contracting with EPA (acquisition management) - Learn about opportunities to win contracts to support EPA's mission, and about acquisition regulations and policies.

Grants and Fellowship Information - Through grants, we promote projects ranging from scientific studies to community cleanups.

U.S. Business Advisor (business.gov) - One-stop access to federal government information, services, transactions, regulations and resources.

Search for and Comment on Regulations - Our proposed regulations are almost always open to the public for comment. Your participation leads to better regulations.

Information from Specific EPA Programs

Agriculture - View information about environmental stewardship on farms and ranches, and about reducing pollution and making good use of the latest pollution prevention technologies.

Energy Star for Business – The buildings where we work, shop, play and learn account for nearly half the nation’s energy use. Explore the ENERGY STAR site and find tools and resources to help businesses and organizations save energy and reduce their carbon footprint.

Climate Change: Businesses - View examples of the contributions businesses have made towards reducing U.S. emissions; how to educate their industry, consumers, and employees about global warming; and what further steps can be taken to further "lead by example."

Become water-efficient and test your WaterSense - Incorporating water-efficiency programs is an effective way for businesses to reduce operating costs by saving on electric power, gas, chemical, and wastewater disposal expenses. By employing water-efficient practices, you can convey an image of stewardship to employees, customers, and the general public because you are helping to conserve water resources for future generations.

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program - TRI is a publicly-available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities.

Partnerships for Safer Chemistry: Design for the Environment (DfE) - The DfE program uses chemical assessment tools and expertise to create safer and more efficient chemical materials, processes and technologies. DfE focuses on industries that combine the potential for chemical risk reduction and improvements in energy efficiency with a strong motivation to make lasting, positive changes.

Jobs through Recycling - From small startup efforts to large scale operations, recycling companies are on the forefront of technical innovation and materials recovery. Find information about a variety of resources to assist in the startup and expansion of recycling businesses.

Developing Risk Management Plans - The Clean Air Act requires facilities that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals to develop a risk management program, prepare a Risk Management Plan (RMP), and submit the RMP to EPA. Learn how to prepare and submit an RMP, and how to access and review RMP information.

Superfund - Information for businesses: legislation and regulations, compliance and enforcement, databases and software, contracts and more.

Technical assistance programs (TAPs) for reducing and eliminating pollution - TAPs provide businesses with cutting edge environmental management assistance and help identify and implement measures that reduce or eliminate pollution at its source. Whether your organization is attracted by the environmental benefits, cost savings, or enhanced public image, TAPs offer a variety of services, most of which are free, nonregulatory, and confidential.

Ozone Layer Depletion - information for companies that use or manufacture ozone-depleting substances and their substitutes, including information about the CFC phaseout, ozone-related regulations and the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.

Information for Small Businesses

EPA Small Business Gateway

The gateway to environmental information and contacts for small businesses.

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EPA Small Business Ombudsman (SBO)

The SBO serves as liaison between small businesses and the EPA to promote understanding of Agency policy and small business needs and concerns.

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Small Business Compliance/Enforcement

Learn how EPA provides incentives for businesses with 100 or fewer employees to discover and correct environmental problems.

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Small Farms and Businesses

Information for small farms and businesses to assist them in understanding and following EPA regulations.

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Small Business Reg. Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA)

SBREFA provides small businesses with tools to better understand the regulatory and enforcement processes, and to ensure that there is no unfair treatment in the regulatory enforcement process.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program

EPA supports the development of innovative environmental technologies and products through the SBIR program. Small firms are eligible to apply for annual solicitations focused in areas of the Agency’s interest.

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ENERGY STAR for Small Business

With information and technical support from ENERGY STAR, you can improve your company's financial performance by reducing energy waste and costs, while protecting the earth’s environment.

Learn how ENERGY STAR can help your small business

Waste Regulations for Small Businesses

Learn which waste regulations apply to small businesses and how small businesses can reduce the amount of waste they generate.

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Why Should You Care About Preventing Waste? Small Business Guide

Preventing waste will save you money. Learn how to get started and measure your success.

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Small Business Administration (SBA)

Information on SBA programs, offices, electronic bulletin boards, loan and assistance services, and other Internet resources.

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Business Assistance Where You Live

EPA has ten Regional offices, each of which is responsible for several states and territories. To get information for businesses in your Region, select your Region from the map below.

Map of the US, split into EPA regions Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont Region 2: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands Region 3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin Region 7: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Region 8: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Training for Environmental Professionals

Air Pollution Training Institute (APTI)

APTI provides technical air pollution training to state, tribal, and local air pollution professionals, although others may benefit from this training. The curriculum is available in classroom, telecourse, self-instruction, and web-based formats.

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Drinking Water Academy

The Academy provides classroom and Web-based training and training materials to help EPA, states and tribes implement the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI)

NETI provides federal, state, local and tribal lawyers and technical experts with education and training in inspections, civil and criminal investigations, and the enforcement of the nation's environmental laws.

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Pesticides Worker Safety and Training

Learn how to get trained and certified to meet EPA's Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides.

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Superfund Training and Learning Center

Training in hazardous waste management and remediation for federal and state regulators, and for professional audiences involved in site cleanups.

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Watershed Academy

The Academy offers more than 50 free, self-paced Web training modules, monthly webcast seminars, and training courses in the classroom.

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