Partners in Environmental Technology has become 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.

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in full partnership with DOE and EPA, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. To address the highest priority issues confronting the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, SERDP focuses on cross-service requirements and pursues high-risk/high-payoff solutions to the Department’s most intractable environmental problems. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies support the long-term sustainability of DoD’s training and testing ranges as well as significantly reduce current and future environmental liabilities.

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is DoD’s environmental technology demonstration and validation program. The goal of ESTCP is to identify, demonstrate, and transfer technologies that address DoD’s highest priority environmental requirements. The Program promotes innovative, cost-effective environmental technologies through demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites. These technologies provide a return on investment through improved efficiency, reduced liability, and direct cost savings. ESTCP’s strategy is to select lab-proven technologies with broad DoD application and aggressively move them to the field for rigorous trials documenting their cost, performance, and market potential. 

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