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  • The Regional Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (REMAP) was initiated to test the applicability of the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) approach to answer questions about ecological conditions at regional and local scales. Using EMAP's statistical design and indicator concepts, REMAP conducts projects at smaller geographic scales and in shorter time frames than the national EMAP program.

  • The Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) National Coastal Database contains estuarine and coastal data that EMAP and Regional-EMAP have collected since 1990 from thousands of stations along the U.S. coasts. These data include water column data, sediment contaminants and toxicity data, and benthic macroinvertebrate and demersal fish community and contaminant data.

  • The Federal Green Challenge (FGC) is a national effort under EPA's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program, challenging EPA and other federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the federal government's environmental impact. Federal offices or facilities start their participation by selecting a minimum two of the six target areas, including Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Energy, Water, and Transportation. At least one of the selected target areas must be waste, electronics, or purchasing. Members commit to an improvement goal of at least five percent per year in their selected target areas. A current list of Federal Green Challenge participants and annual award winners is made available through the FGC website ( Participants commit to work toward achieving sustainability goals at their facilities and meet compliance with Executive Order 13963. The program started in 2012 and the first data were made available in 2013. The FGC is part of EPA's larger SMM program ( Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycles. It represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. By looking at a product's entire lifecycle we can find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, and reduce costs. There are multiple challenge programs available as part of the SMM program, including the Food Recovery Challenge, the Electronics Challenge, the Federal Green Challenge, and the WasteWise program.