Innovation

Sustainable Practices Innovation

Sustainability is about the future. Many of our programs help communities and businesses modify their practices in ways that provide better, cleaner tomorrows.

Portsmouth, Va., city leaders realized they needed more flexible building codes to protect historic neighborhoods and redevelop the downtown. The city won a National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

Energy Star
This well-known program helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

Economy, Energy, Environment (E3)
Small- and medium-sized manufacturers can connect with resources to implement sustainable business practices. 

Smart Growth
Communities can grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment and create and enhance the places that people love.

Land, Waste and Emergency Management Innovations
Innovations include clean-up technologies, pollution prevention, brownfields and land revitalization methods. 

Sustainable Materials Management
This program focuses on using and reusing materials in the most productive and sustainable ways across their life cycles.

Lean Manufacturing
A business model and methods eliminate waste while delivering quality products on time at lower costs and higher efficiencies.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
The federal government uses its buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. The program is mainly for federal purchasers but can help green vendors and other businesses.

Superfund and Green Remediation
Superfund cleans contaminated sites and responds to emergencies involving hazardous substances.

WasteWise
Reducing waste from organizations and businesses happens by applying sustainable materials management practices.

WaterSense
The program promotes the value of water efficiency and provides people with easy ways to save water.

Green Building
Structures and processes can be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the infrastructure life cycle.

Green Chemistry
This program designs chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.

Design for the Environment
Consumers and industries can make environmentally sound purchases by identifying safe, effective products.