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International Best Practices and Innovation

International Best Practices and Innovation

Strategically Harvesting Environmental Lessons from Abroad

As state and local governments in the U.S. respond to demanding and complex environmental challenges, environmental policies and best practices from overseas are serving as important models. The reasons are clear – countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Australia have addressed similar environmental challenges by developing and implementing creative and often highly successful solutions. The adaptation of international best practices and innovation in environmental policies represents an important and powerful paradigm shift – from one of exporting environmental expertise and dollars, to one of importing good ideas from around the globe.

A paper by Dale Medearis and Brian Swett.

Dale Medearis, formerly of the U.S. EPA's Office of International Affairs, is currently Navigator for the Potomac American Heritage River Initiative
Brian Swett is an environmental protection specialist in U.S. EPA's Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation.


Medearis, Dale and Brian Swett 2003: International Best Practices and Innovation - Strategically Harvesting Environmental Lessons from Abroad, Berlin.

Dale Medearis
Brian Swett
10 pp.
Table of Contents

1 Preface
2 Introduction
3 Adding a New Paradigm in International Environmental Activities
4 Why We Can Learn From Abroad
5 Examples of International Innovation for Harvesting Lessons Learned
5.1 Brownfields
5.2 Air
5.3 Water
5.4 Success Stories – States
5.5 Success Stories – Regional and Local Level
6 Tools and Resources to Harvest Innovation
7 Next Steps – A New Generation of Harvesting
8 Conclusion

environmental policy, best practice, innovation, lessons learned, adaption, paradigm shift, brownfields, air, water, USA