United States of America
Focal Point
Mr. John Matuszak
Division Chief for Sustainable Development and Multilateral Affairs
Office of Environmental Policy
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Side Events at Rio+20

Green economy Practices/Policies/Initiatives in United States of America
  • A Renewable Portfolio Standard (State of Texas)
    A Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) ensures that the public benefits of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, continue to be recognized as electricity markets become more competitive. It requires companies that sell electricity to retail customers to support renewable energy generation.
  • Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)
    Passenger vehicles contribute about 20 percent of all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, so increasing fuel efficiency helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) Program
    Evolving from the Green Suppliers Network, the E3 Initiative is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative to help manufacturers adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability.
  • Energy Star
    Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy dedicated to helping individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
  • Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
    The Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants (EWDJT) help residents take advantage of the jobs created by the management, assessment, cleanup, and revitalization of solid and hazardous waste sites in their communities.
  • Evergreen Cooperative Initiative (State of Ohio)
    The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative of Cleveland, Ohio, is an initiative launched to build capacity in Cleveland's low income areas.
  • Global Warming Solutions Act (State of California)
    In 2006, the state of California established a greenhouse gas emissions target for 2020. The legislation aims to improve energy efficiency and increase cost savings for California households. Creation of green jobs, reduced greenhouse gas emissions as well as increased investment in clean tech are expected.
  • Green Capacity Building Grants
    The Green Capacity Building grant program is intended to build the green training capacity of current Department of Labor grantees.
  • Greening the Government
    The goals of this executive order was to implement environmentally-friendly practices in the government offices.
  • International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)
    The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) is a partnership of government and non-government enforcement and compliance practitioners from more than 150 countries. The INECE mission is to contribute to a healthy and clean environment, sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of ecosystem integrity through effective compliance and enforcement of environmental laws using regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.
  • Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (State of California)
    In January 2007, California adopted a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) that requires a 10 percent decrease in the carbon intensity of California?s transportation fuels by 2020.
  • PlaNYC City-Wide Sustainability Plan (New York City)
    In 2007 New York City released PlaNYC, its far-reaching sustainability plan including 127 policy initiatives to achieve ten overarching goals to improve the infrastructure, environment, and quality of life in the city.
  • Renewable Electricity Production Credit
    The renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) is a per kilowatt-hour (kWh) federal tax credit included under Section 45 of the U.S. tax code for electricity generated by qualified energy resources.
  • Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program
    EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program is a voluntary partnership program that began in 2006 to help protect the ozone layer and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. As part of the RAD program, partners recover ozone-depleting chemicals from old refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, and dehumidifiers.
  • SmartWay Transport Partnership
    In 2004, EPA launched its SmartWay Transport Partnership which is an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation options.
  • Sustainable Skylines Program
    The Sustainable Skylines Program is designed to use air quality regulatory needs, climate action goals and other local environmental priorities as the catalyst for integrated sustainability actions.
  • The Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund (State of New Jersey)
    The state Economic Development Authority loan and grant program offers growth capital loans to assist New Jersey clean technology companies in developing efficient and renewable energy products.
  • The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
    The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a system that helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes.
  • The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
    EPEAT, which stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is an easy-to-use, on-line tool helping institutional purchasers select and compare computer desktops, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes.
  • The Oakland Green Jobs Corps (State of California)
    The Oakland Green Jobs Corps is a job-training pipeline providing green pathways out of poverty for low-income adults in Oakland. Based on the Pinderhughes Model, this groundbreaking program prepares trainees for careers in the Bay Area's most vibrant green industries, including energy efficiency, green construction and solar.
  • The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
    The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was designed to help achieve energy conservation, while simultaneously aiding low-income residents with their energy bills.
  • Water Sector Sustainability
    United States Environmental Protection Agengy (EPA) has issued its Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy as part of its efforts to promote sustainable infrastructure within the water sector.
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