A partnership programme to engage US businesses to achieve better environmental outcomes has been launched.
The collaborative approach in the ‘Smart Sectors’ scheme is expected to provide a “significant opportunity” for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider more forward-thinking ways to protect the environment.
It will include educational site tours, roundtables with EPA leadership, data analysis and advice on environmental improvement as well as reports that profile the impact of each sector on the environment and economy.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said: “When we consider American business as a partner, as opposed to an adversary, we can achieve better environmental outcomes. The Smart Sectors programme is designed to effectively engage business partners throughout the regulatory process.
“The previous administration created a narrative that you can’t be pro-business and pro-environment. This programme is one of the many ways we can address that false choice and work together to protect the environment.”