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Performance Track Grant Application

DEM is applying for an EPA $20,000 grant that would allow the agency to investigate activities that support or hinder efforts to promote environmental excellence. The National Performance Track program would allow the state to recognize facilities whose environmental performance exceeds minimal compliance. It will establish a partnership of participants dedicated to achieving high levels of environmental protection with greater efficiency, and will provide a solid foundation upon which DEM will structure compliance efforts.

The grant proposal focuses on the small business sector, which is unlike most other state's efforts. DEM hopes to investigate the feasibility of larger scale rewards, such as insurance discounts, cheaper utility rates etc., in exchange for a measurable commitment to maintenance of specific environmental criteria. The Department plans to use the concepts of Environmental Leadership, Business Advocacy and Environmental Mentoring to promote environmental performance.

DEM will be looking for input on the kinds of incentives that would be useful to the regulated community; the potential companies or categories of industry would benefit from the approach and the environmental metrics that could be used to determine success. If anyone is interested in discussing this proposal, please contact Beverly Migliore at 222-4700 ext. 7503.

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