Charting EPA’s Direction

Last December, I reached out to you, our readers, to ask you to tell us what you thought of our draft strategic plan for the years 2014 through 2018. EPA received nearly 25,000 comments from individuals, communities, states, and tribes interested in our work to protect people’s health and the environment!

This week, we released our final FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. The plan outlines our goals to address climate change, prevent pollution, and protect public health and the environment by enforcing environmental laws. The plan also seeks to improve air quality, protect America’s water, ensure the safety of chemicals, and clean up communities while advancing sustainable development.

The plan emphasizes cross-agency strategies to support Administrator McCarthy’s priorities in addressing how we will support a sustainable future, make a difference in communities, and strengthen our state, tribal, local, and international partnerships. And we describe how we are going to work internally to modernize our business practices and add value in every transaction with our workforce, co-regulators, partners, industry, and the people we serve.

Addressing climate change will be an important focus over the next four years. Administrator McCarthy’s message in the plan states, “We will heed President Obama’s call for action on climate change, the biggest challenge for our generation and those to follow. We will work to mitigate this threat by reducing carbon pollution and other greenhouse-gas emissions and by focusing on efficiency improvements in homes, buildings and appliances.”

Our strategic plan will guide us in the coming years to make sure that we achieve measurable progress – real environmental benefits in areas important to individual Americans and their families. Thanks for your help in drafting our plan. We look forward to reporting our progress to you in the years ahead.

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