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
The Retail Industry Portal provides access to the many regulatory compliance and environmental sustainability resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues at retail establishments.
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.
Natural Disasters and Weather Emergencies: Links and suggestions for planning ahead to help reduce cleanup costs and risks of contamination after natural events.
- Hurricane activities for water and wastewater facilities.
- De-icing and winter storms
- Reduce water use during droughts for for industries and for commercial businesses.
- Chemical or petroleum storage: Properly designed or modified storage facilities enhance worker safety, reduce cleanup costs, and minimize risks from spills.
- In case of spills: Industries and businesses that have or encounter spills or discharges in the aftermath should contact the National Response Center immediately. You or your organization may have legal requirements for reporting spills or for taking action, depending on the spill. National Response Center 800-424-8802.
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.
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.
Corporate Climate Leadership - EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership serves as a virtual resource center to encourage companies to identify and achieve cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reductions and with to build their climate leadership activities into their supply chains and beyond.
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.
Safer Choice - The Safer Choice program (formerly Design for the Environment) uses chemical assessment tools and expertise to create safer and more efficient chemical materials, processes and technologies. Safer Choice 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.
Recycling Market Development - 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.