Policies & Regulations

Environmental regulations in the United States have traditionally been developed and enforced in a mechanistic manner, where a single unit within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction over resources such as air and water.

This may be changing. In November 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development launched effort project with the U.S. National Academies to help define their efforts to incorporate sustainability concepts into agency programs on human health and environmental protection. This includes examining operational frameworks, such as how to incorporate sustainability into a risk management paradigm, identification of needed tools and what metrics and indicators need to be used.

Dr. Golden and the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce will be assisting federal and regional agencies, as well as key stakeholders, in examining these questions and providing recommendations based on sound science and engineering principles.

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