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Introduction: The global issues surrounding environmental sustainability can be traced directly to the worlds waste. Governmental agencies, environmental organizations, and conventions on sustainability have put effort toward reducing waste and increase the growth of sustainability. Among these contributors is the Environmental Protection Agency, CERES, and the Clean Air Act, each one has their own function but remain similar in their goals. Together they strive toward protecting and improving the environmental quality. Reaching global sustainability is long and tedious path that will only truly be met through policy making and implementation. Consumption and Consumerism are some of the factors that surround global warming and green-house gas emission levels, however these problems are a product of business supply chains. Recent efforts among agencies, organizations, and laws have targeted business operations throughout the years. The Clean Air Act is just one of the laws that establish the EPA’s authority to prosecute environmentally unethical business practices (epa.gov). In 2001 the EPA charged its first fine to a company for violating newly adopted standards for stormwater runoff. The fine added up to $5.5 million for violations in four states, this was just one of Wal-Marts many accounts of environmental violations. However a lot has changed among corporate business models in result of the growing trend in “green products.” Despite the recent evidence between the EPA’s accounts of large corporations practicing in reulting environmental violations, a new trend in business is coming around the corner. Corporations, like Wal-Mart, are revamping their business models by pledging to become role-models and great contributors toward fixing the problem. Although we have seen this in the past where a companies Public Relations department 1
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will say they are doing this or that to “go green” and meanwhile they are still being hit by fines for violations against the environment. However Companies such as Du Pont, Johnson and Johnson, Pepsi, and AIG among others have strated to team up with other environmental organizations to set the pace and turn a trend into promoting sustainability while working with government to influence environmental policy building. Casual Claim: The purpose of this paper is to show how, what, and why EPA reduction goals are met in result of environmental NGO initiatives to partner with large MNC’s. Definitions and Background: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a federal agency that protects human health and the environment by establishing written laws and regulations based on the laws passed by Congress. It is run by an Administrator who is appointed by the President and approved by Congress. Regulation Legislation of the EPA consists seven priorities, taking action on Climate Change, Improving air quality, assuring the safety of chemicals, cleaning up our communities, protecting America’s waters, expanding the
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2010 for the course POLT 407 taught by Professor Siggelakis during the Fall '10 term at New Hampshire.

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