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Key Sites in Commerce’s “Sustainable Business Program and Resource Clearinghouse”

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Green Suppliers Network (GSN)
Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Environmental Protection Agency
www.gsn.gov
The Green Suppliers Network (GSN) is a collaborative venture among industry, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. GSN works with large manufacturers to engage their small and medium-sized suppliers in low-cost technical reviews that focus on process improvement and waste minimization.

EPA for Businesses and Non-Profits
Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/ebtpages/industry.html
The central portal for EPA’s work with business. It includes links to EPA-run technical assistance program sites, information on regulations and compliance assistance, and EPA’s partnerships site where businesses can search for partnership opportunities with EPA. There are also direct links to certain popular programs such as EnergyStar.

Industrial Technologies Program
Department of Energy
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/index.html
DOE’s Industrial Technologies program works with U.S. industry to improve industrial energy efficiency and environmental performance. The program invests in high-risk, high-value R&D projects, conducts on-site energy efficiency assessments for U.S. companies, and disseminates best practices in the field of energy management.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
http://www.mep.nist.gov/
With offices in every state, the MEP provides manufacturers with customized services on a range of topics with the goal of making U.S. industry more competitive. Services relating to sustainability include sector-specific “lean and clean manufacturing” technical assistance and environmental assessment services.

Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)
http://www.dsireusa.org/
Run by the North Carolina State University NC Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is a user-friendly source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.  It has a searchable database of state and federal programs that can be organized by state, industry sector, or incentive type.

Public Workforce System
U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.doleta.gov/business/pws.cfm
The public workforce system is a network of federal, state, and local offices that function to support economic expansion and develop the talent of our nation’s workforce. The heart of the public workforce system is the One Stop Career Center, your access point to qualified workers as well as federal, state, and local resources, training and assistance.