The Environmental Protection Agency is an independent executive agency of the United States federal government tasked with environmental protection matters. The EPA has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., regional offices for each of the agency's ten regions, and 27 laboratories. The agency conducts environmental assessment, research, and education. It has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state, tribal, and local governments. It delegates some permitting, monitoring, and enforcement responsibility to U.S. states and the federally recognized tribes. EPA enforcement powers include fines, sanctions, and other measures. The agency also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts.
Since its founding in 1974, the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) has been Germany’s main environmental protection agency.
"Our work centers around gathering data concerning the state of the environment, investigating the relevant interrelationships and making projections – and then, based on these findings, providing federal bodies such as the Ministry of the Environment with policy advice. We also provide the general public with information and answer your questions on all of the various issues that we address. Apart from these activities, we implement environmental law by making sure that it is applied in areas such as CO2 trading and approval processes for chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs and pesticides. Our activities are set down in the law that established our agency".
The Korea Society of Waste Management was founded in 1983 as scientific engineering and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the theory and application of Waste Management Technology. Today the KSWM has more than 3.400 members, 4 regional sections and 7 technical divisions. The KSWM encourages the technical, social and cultural exchanges among the members. It endeavors to improve the technological level of academia and promote the development of technology through educational - industry cooperation.
The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is a multi-disciplinary non-profit association that is committed to supporting professional waste management practices. The organisation comprises of voluntary members who promote environmentally acceptable, cost effective and appropriate waste management practices. IWMSA strive towards the protection of the environment and people of southern Africa from the adverse effects of poor waste management by supporting sustainable best practical environmental options. The Institute contribute to the improvement of waste management standards and legislation, support international, national and regional trends in best environmental practices; promote the science and technology of waste management and practice affordable cost effective management of waste. Education and training in the realm of effective and efficient waste management is also a key focus of the organisation.
CEC4Europe endorses the importance of closing loops and boosting resource efficiency, but at the same time, pleads for a more scientifically and fact based approach: A systematic analysis of our future raw material needs and all relevant secondary raw material sources is needed so we can achieve the common goals of the circular economy – environmental protection, securing of raw materials, economic benefit, and growth – in an effective and efficient manner, based on scientific evidence. Taking far-reaching economic and environmental policy decisions with an insufficient data basis would be speculative and not in line with the CEP objectives. CEC4Europe is an association under Austrian law, based in Vienna, AT.
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) is the trade body representing the UK's resource and waste management industry. While people talk about the circular economy, our members are helping to bring it about every day. A sustainable, low-carbon economy of the future depends on quality recycled materials and world-class resources and waste management. ESA members collect, process and deliver these resources and are innovating and investing for a long-term zero-waste, zero-carbon future, building sustainable infrastructure and creating jobs.
Il Centro di Studi per l'Economia Circolare – CEWMS (Circular Economy of Waste, Materials and Sustainability) nasce in seno al Dipartimento di ingegneria dell'Università di Padova e coinvolge al momento 40 docenti afferenti ai dipartimenti di Ingegneria civile e ambientale, Ingegneria industriale, Tecnica e gestione dei sistemi industriali, Biologia, Scienze chimiche, Diritto pubblico, internazionale e comunitario, Scienze economiche e aziendali, Psicologia dello sviluppo e della socializzazione, Geoscienze e Territorio e sistemi agroforestali.
Il Gruppo Italiano di Ingegneria Sanitaria-Ambientale (GITISA) è l’Associazione dei docenti universitari di Ingegneria Sanitaria-Ambientale, che operano in oltre 25 Atenei italiani. I contenuti delle relative discipline riguardano: gli aspetti ingegneristici della tutela e della prevenzione dall’inquinamento degli ecosistemi; la progettazione, la valutazione d’impatto, la costruzione e la gestione di impianti per la depurazione e la potabilizzazione delle acque nonché opere ed impianti per il trattamento e lo smaltimento dei rifiuti solidi e degli effluenti gassosi; gli interventi di risanamento e bonifica di siti contaminati e l'implementazione delle strategie di economia circolare. Il GITISA ha lo scopo di promuovere e coordinare sia le attività didattiche, che quelle di ricerca.