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Proposals Solicited on Improving Environmental Performance

Public Sector Seeks Input from Environmental Management Leaders

New York, Apr 29, 2002

In the latest of a series of new programs bringing public- and private-sector interests together in a spirit of collaboration, state policy makers have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a "dialogue session" that will lead to enhanced environmental management and compliance activities.

Sponsored by the recently formed Policy Academy on Environmental Management Tools, a joint initiative of the Multi-State Working Group (MSWG) and the Council of State Governments (CSG), the project focuses on the design and implementation of an educational program entitled "Tools to Improve Environmental Performance." The session is intended to highlight experience and expertise in the area of environmental management as developed outside the U.S. regulatory scheme. It will be designed to attract participants from diverse backgrounds for training, dialogue and research activities leading to the development of new skills, tools and approaches for achieving environmental protection.

A primary criteria in program design will be elements to ensure that all potential stakeholders' opinions and perspectives are represented in the dialogue and that a broad range of experiences with environmental management tools, from positive to negative, are included. Participation in such a session will offer members of the ANSI Federation an opportunity to demonstrate how the voluntary standards and conformity assessment system can be effectively utilized as a component of tools necessary for performance evaluation.

David Karmol, ANSI Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, encouraged ANSI members with an interest in environmental policy to consider responding to the RFP. "Voluntary standards equip the government with sound technical solutions to societal issues such as safety, health and environmental protection without creating additional cost and operations burdens. This RFP provides a unique opportunity to work with representatives of all the states on a key project and to move aggressively forward with activities designed to strengthen partnerships between industry and government entities."

The deadline for the submission of a proposal is no later than June 15, 2002. Additional information, including eligibility, required elements, logistics, funding and other resources, follow-up reports and contact information can be found by visiting

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