Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest
Addressing Climate Change
EPA's Pacific Southwest office has developed a strategy to address climate change throughout its environmental programs. Our main areas of focus are as follows:
Promote Sustainability Through Region 9 Environmental Management System
The activities EPA conducts to carry out its mission of protecting human health and the environment have their own environmental impacts - energy use, material use, waste generation and air emissions, for example. EPA's Pacific Southwest Regional Office is determined to decrease these impacts by continuously improving the sustainability of our practices. Our ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System (EMS) provides a management framework that enables our office to reduce its environmental impacts and increase our operating efficiency.
In addition to improving sustainability at work, the Sustainable Region 9 Team is working to help employees better understand what they can do to promote sustainability in their work, and in their daily lives.
Expand Internal Knowledge of Energy and Climate Change Issues Increase employee understanding of existing energy and climate change mitigation opportunities, likely impacts, and potential adaptation techniques.
Program Enhancement to Encourage Clean Energy
- Develop Language and Guidance to Promote Clean Energy Practices Through Existing EPA Activities Develop standard language to be included in regional grants and contracts which promotes reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Clean Energy and Climate Change Grants Direct additional federal grant funds toward clean energy and climate change, and leverage existing funding to maximize benefits.
Outreach and Technical Assistance for External Partners
- Establish a One-Stop Shop Assemble all EPA climate change and energy information. Expand website to include links to available clean energy and climate change information.
Capacity Building for External Stakeholders
- State Partners Support state efforts to develop energy and climate strategies.
- Local Partners Focus outreach and distribution of material to the leaders of active local governments.
- Industrial Partners Provide outreach to the highest priority industrial users (in Region 9 this includes refineries, oil & gas exploration, and cement manufacturers), and focus on clean energy opportunities.
- U.S.-Mexico Border, Pacific Island, and Tribal Communities Begin process of assessing unique needs of each community.
Fuel Efficient Vehicles Outreach Actively promote improved fuel efficiency in on-highway vehicles; work with existing partnerships to augment public and private efforts.
Develop Approach for Disseminating Information About Energy and Climate Change Grants Information would be for both internal use and public access and would consider grants from other federal agencies and Region 9 states.
Water and Energy Conservation
Promote Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Promote sustainable infrastructure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing water and energy efficiency in water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure throughout Region 9.
Clean Energy Projects
- Promote Renewable Energy Production on Contaminated Sites Work with owners of contaminated sites and with utilities to encourage the incorporation of production/use of renewable energy into revitalized lands.
- Promote Biogas Energy Production Collaborate with farmers, municipalities and landfills to better understand and utilize existing and new biogas sources.
Build on Existing EPA Partnerships Become more active in developing ripe opportunities. Several EPA offices are working on projects in Region 9 states and could be more successful with regional participation. Programs of particular interest Green Power Partnership (increase renewable energy usage), Combined Heat and Power Partnership, Landfill Methane Outreach Program, ENERGY STAR for Industry, Natural Gas STAR, AGStar, SmartWay, and Climate Leaders.
Actively Promote Greening of New Development Focus on ENERGY STAR’s Indoor Air Package for Homes, HUD affordable/green homes partnership opportunities. Push for energy efficient appliances in all new homes built.
Evaluate Opportunities to Integrate Smarter Regional Planning Concepts into Federal Projects Look for options to promote smart growth through NEPA process.