Partners in Environmental Technology is the hallmark of the annual Technical Symposium & Workshop hosted by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). The concept reflects not only the partnership formed by the two host organizations but, more significantly, highlights the many different partnerships that play a pivotal role in the success of Federal technology development: the partnership between Department of Defense (DoD) research and development programs; the partnership between DoD and the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other Federal agencies; the partnership between Federal agencies, private industry, and academia; and most importantly, the partnership between technology developers, the numerous end users of technology, and environmental regulators/policy developers.

SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the DOE and the EPA, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. The Program invests in basic and applied research and advanced development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems, while at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.

ESTCP is DoD’s environmental technology demonstration and validation program. The Program was established to promote the transfer of innovative technologies that have successfully established proof of concept to field or production use. ESTCP demonstrations collect cost and performance data to overcome the barriers to employ an innovative technology because of concerns regarding technical or programmatic risk. To ensure the demonstrated technologies have a real impact, ESTCP collaborates with end users and regulators throughout the development and execution of each demonstration.

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