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EPA’s International Cooperation Collaborating with global and bilateral partners to address environmental challenges and advance U.S

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Offering thanks to our tribal and international partners for the progress we are making together to protect human health...
11/23/2022

Offering thanks to our tribal and international partners for the progress we are making together to protect human health and the environment.

Happy from EPA's Office of International and Tribal Affairs.

Lead paint is an avoidable source of exposure, and there are safe and cost-effective alternatives. EPA staff participate...
11/10/2022

Lead paint is an avoidable source of exposure, and there are safe and cost-effective alternatives. EPA staff participated today in a G7 workshop on lead poisoning in Berlin, moderating a panel on lead in paint.

Lead exposure is estimated to cause 900K deaths/year, with 800M children at risk of permanent harm. Hodayah Finman, Depu...
11/09/2022

Lead exposure is estimated to cause 900K deaths/year, with 800M children at risk of permanent harm.

Hodayah Finman, Deputy Director for EPA's Office of International Affairs, spoke virtually at a G7 workshop in Berlin about how the U.S. is addressing the challenge of lead poisoning.

EPA staff are participating in the OECD Global Forum on the Environment on Mercury, in Paris, France -- speaking for the...
11/08/2022

EPA staff are participating in the OECD Global Forum on the Environment on Mercury, in Paris, France -- speaking for the Global Mercury Partnership about challenges and options for proper management of mercury waste related to chlor-alkali production.

EPA staff learned about agricultural water reuse in arid climates at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Concluding...
11/03/2022

EPA staff learned about agricultural water reuse in arid climates at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

Concluding this water reuse study tour in Israel, EPA continues our international collaboration & our efforts to address water scarcity in the U.S. and around the world.

11/02/2022
Mark Kasman at Intel Semiconductor Plant in Israel

Private industry has a role to play in addressing water scarcity and driving progress on water reuse, as demonstrated at Intel’s semiconductor plant where they are piloting new technologies to reduce water consumption and treat wastewater.

In Israel, wastewater is treated and used for agriculture to reduce the strain on freshwater resources. This approach ca...
11/01/2022

In Israel, wastewater is treated and used for agriculture to reduce the strain on freshwater resources. This approach can help promote water reuse in the U.S., where agriculture is a major use of water: irrigation accounts for 42% of total freshwater withdrawals.

- At Emek Hefer water reclamation plant in central Israel.

Photo credit: EPA Water

11/01/2022
Mark Kasman at the Sorek Desalinization Plant in Israel

Our Office Director for International Affairs, Mark Kasman, was at the Sorek Desalination Plant in Israel – which provides clean water for over 1.5 million people. The water is eventually reused for agricultural purposes, which helps communities meet future drinking water needs.

Mark Kasman, Director for International Affairs, & Sharon Nappier from EPA Water, are representing EPA on a 5-day study ...
10/31/2022

Mark Kasman, Director for International Affairs, & Sharon Nappier from EPA Water, are representing EPA on a 5-day study tour with a 50-person U.S. private & public sector delegation to Israel to learn about water reuse from Israeli experts across the water management spectrum.

EPA experts visited the Sorek desalination plant, one of the world's largest desalination plants. It provides clean, potable water for over 1.5 million people and reuses it for agricultural purposes. Learning from others can help us address water shortages elsewhere.

10/27/2022

This post, featured today in EPA's Perspectives blog, describes our important international work to address children's lead poisoning and eliminate lead paint worldwide.

Join the action for International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week!

EPA serves as Advisory Council Chair of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, continuing our successful work in t...
10/27/2022

EPA serves as Advisory Council Chair of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, continuing our successful work in the Partnership for Clean Fuels & Vehicles (PCFV) to phase out lead from gasoline with current efforts to eliminate lead paint worldwide.

Are you working to address lead paint in your country? Join the Lead in Paint Community of Practice, in which practitioners share knowledge and access to expertise. The next discussion (Nov 16) is on Compliance with Lead Paint Laws: https://saicmknowledge.org/event/online-discussion-compliance-lead-paint-laws

Learn more about EPA’s role in the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles: https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/promoting-cleaner-fuels-and-vehicles-worldwide

Learn more about EPA leadership in the Lead Paint Alliance: https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/epa-leadership-lead-paint-alliance

This International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we are celebrating ongoing work to eliminate lead paint! Almost 90 co...
10/26/2022

This International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we are celebrating ongoing work to eliminate lead paint!

Almost 90 countries have already introduced lead paint laws, building on this Model Law: https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/publication/model-law-and-guidance-regulating-lead-paint

In a recent project the Global Environment Facility worked with more than 70 countries crafting laws that restrict lead paint. EPA has been active in developing tools and sharing case studies to help others replicate results, available at: www.saicmknowledge.org/program/lead-paint

While the United States banned lead in paint in the 1970s, less than half the world’s countries currently have established laws. Check out the World Health Organization (WHO) map of Legally Binding Controls on Lead Paint to see all countries with laws: https://www.who.int/data/gho/data/themes/topics/indicator-groups/legally-binding-controls-on-lead-paint/

Paint without added lead is entirely possible. Across the globe many manufacturers, including small and medium sized enterprises, have already stopped adding lead. See these Lead Paint Reformulation Technical Guidelines from the UN Environment Programme to learn how! https://www.unep.org/resources/toolkits-manuals-and-guides/lead-paint-reformulation-technical-guidelines

DID YOU KNOW? Lead is one of the top 10 chemicals of major public health concern. No level of lead exposure is considere...
10/25/2022
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2022

DID YOU KNOW? Lead is one of the top 10 chemicals of major public health concern. No level of lead exposure is considered safe for children.

Many of the effects of lead on the nervous system last a lifetime and include aggression, irritability, difficulty learning, and reduced IQ.

We can work together to prevent harm to health. Learn the risks and how you can support International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week at

The focus of this year’s campaign “Say No to lead poisoning” reminds governments, civil society organizations, health partners, industry and others of the unacceptable risks of lead exposure and the need for action.   The campaign builds on the success in outlawing the use of lead in petrol ...

This week is International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week! 2022 marks the 10th annual year of this collective global cam...
10/24/2022
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2022

This week is International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week! 2022 marks the 10th annual year of this collective global campaign.

EPA is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Environment Programme and other partners to reduce exposure to lead and eliminate lead paint.

Join us in saying NO to Lead Poisoning around the world! Learn more about this campaign:

The focus of this year’s campaign “Say No to lead poisoning” reminds governments, civil society organizations, health partners, industry and others of the unacceptable risks of lead exposure and the need for action.   The campaign builds on the success in outlawing the use of lead in petrol ...

For International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, we’re proud to highlight efforts helping the U.S.  meet our n...
09/29/2022

For International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, we’re proud to highlight efforts helping the U.S. meet our national goal and U.N. Sustainable Development Goal to reduce food loss & waste by 50% by 2030. We continue to work with our partners to address international food loss and waste.

We’re completing a project with UN Environment Programme to reduce food loss and waste in Latin America, w/ multistakeholder programs, partnerships, & knowledge sharing between U.S. and Latin American cities, and public education in Bogota, Colombia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

EPA also participated in a G20 workshop to discuss the importance of measuring food loss and waste to support sustainable food systems worldwide and drive action-oriented policies, hosted by the Indonesia Presidency. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqfzvZIxXxI

Reducing food waste saves $$. It can also mitigate the effects of climate change, increase food security, & conserve ene...
09/29/2022

Reducing food waste saves $$. It can also mitigate the effects of climate change, increase food security, & conserve energy and resources. In 2019, more than 1/3 of U.S. food supply was wasted in farms, restaurants & at home - a total loss of more than $408 billion!

Did you know wasted food also wastes energy and produces methane and CO2 emissions. Reducing food waste can help the United States meet its climate commitments!

Want to learn more about how to take action to reduce food waste on this International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste? At , we recommend using a shopping list, planning meals ahead of time, storing foods properly, and eating leftovers. Great tips at https://www.epa.gov/recycle/preventing-wasted-food-home

09/21/2022

📢The Commission for Environmental Cooperation Grant Program is now open for applications!

🌎 US$2 million available in total grants
🌎 Individual grants up to C$200k

2022 theme: Integrating community-led environmental education in support of ⚖️ and Resilience.

Initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this trinational grant program is designed to fund projects that aid underserved and marginalized groups within Canada, Mexico, and the United Sates. 🇨🇦🇲🇽🇺🇸

Proposals are due Friday 11 November 2022 – don’t delay!

Learn more:
👉 http://www.cec.org/media/media-releases/us2m-ej4climate-grant-program-calls-for-new-project-proposals/

Today is International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies! EPA's Assistant Administrator for International & Tribal Affairs...
09/07/2022

Today is International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies! EPA's Assistant Administrator for International & Tribal Affairs, Jane Nishida spoke about how we are working with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and UN Environment Programme to reduce air pollution in North America and globally.

“Improving air pollution is one of the most impactful and cost-effective actions to achieve social, economic, and environmental development goals and also combat climate change... Making historic investments to protect clean air, confront climate change and advance environmental justice... [The Inflation Reduction Act] will change the lives of millions of people impacted by the climate crisis." - Jane Nishida

Davenport was selected by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation as one of three North American cities to reduce l...
07/07/2022

Davenport was selected by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation as one of three North American cities to reduce litter in their waterways. Working with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE), the Iowa city will install trash capture devices in local creeks as part of a larger trilateral project to reduce land-based sources of marine litter.

Davenport is excited to announce it is one of three cities in North America selected to participate in a Marine Litter Pilot Project. The project kicks off with the installation of a trash capture device in Duck Creek at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 7, during the Party in the Park event at Marquette Park. The event, featuring many other fun and exciting activities, will be a great opportunity for individuals and families to learn more about the community’s role in litter reduction and prevention for the health of our local, regional, and global waterways. As part of the pilot project to reduce land-based sources of marine litter, trash capture devices are being installed on Duck, Goose, and Silver Creeks. Find out more at www.davenportiowa.com/litter.

Advancing environmental justice and equity is one of EPA’s international priorities. Recently, Deputy Assistant Administ...
07/06/2022

Advancing environmental justice and equity is one of EPA’s international priorities. Recently, Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Affairs Rafael DeLeon met with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to discuss future collaboration and .

Jane Nishida, EPA Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, met with Council members from Ktunaxa Na...
06/08/2022

Jane Nishida, EPA Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, met with Council members from Ktunaxa Nation, along with U.S. Department of State and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to reaffirm support for the International Joint Commission to address transboundary pollution in the Kootenai River from mining. Officials listened to Tribal priorities and reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening Nation-to-Nation relationships.

Read the press release:
https://www.state.gov/support-for-international-joint-commission-recommendations-to-address-transboundary-pollution-from-mining/

Jane Nishida, EPA Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, met with Council members from Ktunaxa Na...
06/08/2022

Jane Nishida, EPA Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, met with Council members from Ktunaxa Nation, along with U.S. Department of State and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to reaffirm support for the International Joint Commission to address transboundary pollution in the Kootenai River from mining. Officials listened to Tribal priorities and reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening Nation-to-Nation relationships.

Read the press release:
https://www.state.gov/support-for-international-joint-commission-recommendations-to-address-transboundary-pollution-from-mining/

06/02/2022

More than 2 billion people today lack access to safely managed drinking water, & nearly half the world’s population lacks access to safely managed sanitation services.

Proud to be part of the Action Plan on Global Water Security launched by Vice President Kamala Harris yesterday!

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/06/01/fact-sheet-vice-president-harris-announces-action-plan-on-global-water-security-and-highlights-the-administrations-work-to-build-drought-resilience/

EPA's Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs Jane Nishida participated alongside EPA Administrator...
06/02/2022

EPA's Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs Jane Nishida participated alongside EPA Administrator Michael Regan in last week's G7 Ministerial Meeting, which resulted in this Climate, Energy, & Environment Communique: https://www.bmwk.de/Redaktion/DE/Downloads/G/g7-konferenz-klima-energie-umweltminister-05-2022-abschlusskommunique.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=14

On page 16 ministers express strong commitment to reduce disproportionate lead exposure in vulnerable communities, minimize lead pollution & exposure globally and strengthen cooperation with existing initiatives. A G7 workshop, co-hosted by US & EU, is planned for fall 2022!

Join us on May 13 from 1:00-4:30PM EDT, for the first  National Coordinators Meeting marking the Program launch between ...
05/09/2022

Join us on May 13 from 1:00-4:30PM EDT, for the first National Coordinators Meeting marking the Program launch between the United States and Mexico as well as a discussion on addressing through community engagement in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish available.

More: https://www.epa.gov/usmexicoborder/borderwide-calendar.

[Spanish follows]

Únase a nosotros el 13 de mayo de 1:00-4:30PM EDT, para la primera reunión de coordinadores nacionales de que marca el lanzamiento del programa entre los Estados Unidos y México, así como una discusión sobre cómo abordar la a través de la participación comunitaria en la región fronteriza entre Estados Unidos y México. Interpretación simultánea en inglés y español disponible.

Más: https://www.epa.gov/usmexicoborder/borderwide-calendar

On May 13 at 1:00-4:30PM, national coordinators from the United States and Mexico will meet to discuss the goals and obj...
05/06/2022

On May 13 at 1:00-4:30PM, national coordinators from the United States and Mexico will meet to discuss the goals and objectives of the program.

Register and mark your calendar to join the discussion!

https://www.epa.gov/usmexicoborder

{Spanish version follows]

El 13 de mayo de 1:00-4:30PM EDT, coordinadores nacionales de Estados Unidos y México se reunirán para discutir las metas y objetivos del programa .

¡Regístrate y marca tu calendario para unirte a la discusión!
https://www.epa.gov/usmexicoborder

04/13/2022

Megacities Partners in Ghana, Ethiopia, Chile, and Peru have taken steps to reduce air pollution. Learn more about their progress and explore our ever-expanding set of resources at www.epa.gov/megacities-partnership.

04/13/2022

The Megacities Partnership is a collaboration with local governments to achieve air quality management goals. Free templates to provide structure and guidance for local governments are available in English, Spanish, and Russian. French is coming soon! www.epa.gov/megacities-partnership

Please also join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SEMARNAT for today’s public meeting on Water Quality, U.S....
03/17/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Water Quality Policy Work Group Public Meeting / Sesión Pública del Grupo de Trabajo de Políticas de Calidad del Agua. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Please also join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SEMARNAT for today’s public meeting on Water Quality, U.S.-Mexico Goal 2, from 3 -5:00 pm EDT. We will review the program's objectives and provide time for public input. Register to participate: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEudOCvrzsiGNBcwzm5a1LxzJPUKog5TwWi
[Spanish follows]

Igualmente únase EPA y SEMARNAT para la reunión pública de la Meta 2 sobre calidad de agua, , de 3-5pm EDT. Se discutirán prioridades y habrá sección de comentarios del público. Regístrese: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEudOCvrzsiGNBcwzm5a1LxzJPUKog5TwWi

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Water Quality Policy Work Group Public Meeting / Sesión Pública del Grupo de Trabajo de Políticas de Calidad del Agua. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Virtual public meeting today on Goal 1 Air Quality of the U.S.-Mexico border , 1-2:30 pm EDT. The U.S. Environmental Pro...
03/17/2022
Meeting Registration - Zoom

Virtual public meeting today on Goal 1 Air Quality of the U.S.-Mexico border , 1-2:30 pm EDT. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will discuss priorities and provide time for questions and answers. Register to participate:
https://usepa.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdOquqDwrHdPyHvpFznPdRkiLUwECcoo
[Spanish follows]

Únase hoy a la Reunión de la Meta 1 calidad de aire del Programa , 1-2:30 pm EDT. EPA Se discutirán prioridades y habrá sección de preguntas y comentarios del público. Regístrese:https://usepa.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdOquqDwrHdPyHvpFznPdRkiLUwECcoo

Please join today’s public meeting for Goal 4: Emergency Preparedness and Response on the U.S.-Mexico , 2 - 4 pm EDT, ho...
03/16/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Emergency Preparedness & Response Policy Work Group Public Meeting / Sesión Pública del Grupo de Trabajo de Políticas de Preparación y Respuesta a Emergencias. After registering, you will receive a...

Please join today’s public meeting for Goal 4: Emergency Preparedness and Response on the U.S.-Mexico , 2 - 4 pm EDT, hosted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, SEMARNAT, and Protección Civil. We will discuss priorities and provide time for Q&A. Register to participate: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctcOmoqjsjHtOGbsRygzRE4oCYsDo6rKYc
[Spanish follows]

Únase hoy a la reunión pública de la Meta 4 de emergencias , 2-4 pm EDT, organizado por EPA, SEMARNAT y Proteccion Civil. Discutiremos prioridades, preguntas y respuestas al público. Regístrese: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctcOmoqjsjHtOGbsRygzRE4oCYsDo6rKYc

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Emergency Preparedness & Response Policy Work Group Public Meeting / Sesión Pública del Grupo de Trabajo de Políticas de Preparación y Respuesta a Emergencias. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

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‘The goal of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation grant is to foster climate resilience by building capacity for underserved communities to withstand and respond to extreme events and impacts related to climate change.’
– Jane Nishida, EPA’s International Cooperation

⌛ Applications are due by November 14, 2021.

👉 www.cec.org/EJ4Climate
This is a great opportunity to put your ideas to work for dealing with climate change and helping communities around the world build climate resilience! Deadline to apply is July 5. Check it out! ~~~>

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On March 10, the Senate confirmed EPA Administrator Michael Regan as head of the EPA’s International Cooperation , making him the first Black man to lead the agency. Read Katie Huffling of Environment for the Americas in The Hill on why it’s a new day for the agency and our environment. https://bit.ly/3eWsusq
As the head of the EPA’s International Cooperation , EPA Administrator Michael Regan will help lead the way on POTUS 45 climate agenda. He has spent his entire career fighting for environmental justice and public health. https://bit.ly/3eWsusq
I join the country and our partners in celebrating our Nation’s birthday. Happy 4th of July, America!
-- Chad McIntosh, Assistant Administrator USEPA
Welcome to Facebook EPA’s International Cooperation! Watch Jane Nishida, Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs, speak about historical and current work with international partners.
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