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Sustainability

Toward Sustainability: Building a Better Understanding of Ecosystem Services

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EPA efforts in the area of sustainability practices and approaches include labeling green products and promoting green chemistry and engineering, managing materials rather than creating waste, using green infrastructure to manage storm water runoff, and supporting the sustainable design of communities.

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What is Sustainability? What is EPA Doing? How Can I Help?
Sustainable Communities

EPA Sustainable communities research is providing decision tools and data for communities to make strategic decisions for a prosperous and environmentally sustainable future, and providing the foundation to better understand the balance between the three pillars of sustainability- environment, society and economy.

Smart Growth

Supporting development and conservation strategies that help protect our natural environment and make our communities more attractive, economically stronger, and more socially diverse.

Air, Climate & Energy

Working to reduce atmospheric levels of pollution and greenhouse gases, promote green energy, and adapt to a changing climate.

Sustainable Water

Helping to manage, protect, and restore water resources and ecosystems through sustainable management of natural resources.

Models and Tools

Researchers provide sophisticated models and tools that are widely used to manage and protect resources across the Nation.