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            One of the United States' most prestigious awards for innovative government, the United States Government's Hammer Award, was presented in 1996 to a coalition of state and federal agencies, including NJDEP, for fostering the development of new environmental technologies. New Jersey received recognition for helping to frame and promote a multi-state agreement, established through a Memorandum of Understanding, to expedite technology reviews through interstate reciprocal agreements. If a technology is approved by a participating state, it is accepted by the others in the partnership. Now known as the Technology Acceptance and Reciprocity Partnership, the agreement launched a pilot project to evaluate a variety of different technologies ranging from pollution prevention to remediation technologies for contaminated sites. Since the initial six-state agreement, two more states have joined and, collectively, the states have issued several interstate technology protocols for reciprocal acceptance.

                New Jersey built on that success to host the country's first-of-its-kind International Environmental Technology Expo in 1999. The New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology (NJCAT), which provides technical, commercial, regulatory and financial assistance to emerging companies, was a co-sponsor of the Expo, as along with USEPA, the Environmental Council of States (ECOS), which is comprised of the environmental agency heads from 49 states, and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Cooperation, a group of 40 states involved with remediation technologies. Representatives from the UNEP and other countries, including the Netherlands, Egypt and Canada, spoke at the Expo.

                New Jersey's leadership efforts have spurred more international involvement with ECOS. For example, representatives from the Netherlands now attend ECOS conventions, and ECOS is inviting Canada and Mexico to upcoming meetings. There has emerged a good working relationship with the Canadian government and some businesses and, through our agreement with Canada, we are developing a prototype for a technology verification system.

                Moreover NJDEP's agreement with Thailand includes a joint Center for Environmental Technology, Transfer and Development, with satellite operations headquartered at NJIT in Newark. Thailand is developing its regional leadership capability to implement environmental technologies throughout Asia, which will offer additional opportunities for New Jersey businesses. The Center has an International Advisory Board that provides oversight with representatives from other state and federal agencies, industry and universities. The Center will not only spur economic development for both parties, but will also seek solutions to important environmental issues such as renewable energy, waste minimization, site remediation and pollution prevention.

                NJDEP received a grant to share its pollution prevention methodology with Thailand to improve their industry's environmental performance. The grant was administered by the U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, which supports the transfer of state environmental technologies through partnerships with targeted countries.

                The Thai Ambassador to the U.S. and his officials visited New Jersey in 1995 to learn more about wastewater treatment and solid and hazardous waste management. Thai officials chose to visit New Jersey during their trip to the United States and

Canada due to our cutting-edge environmental protection programs. Most developing countries do not have enough specific information about the levels of their pollution. Environmental progress will depend, in part, on knowing more about pollution quantities, using materials accounting processes like those employed in New Jersey.

                In addition, NJDEP has hosted presentations for professionals from other nations to learn how our programs can be adapted to solve environmental problems in their regions of the world, including Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. DEP hosted visitors from the governments of China, Sweden, Korea and Belgium to exchange views on environmental policy. Last June, NJDEP staff participated in a USEPA-sponsored trip to China for workshops on pollution prevention and energy efficiency. The purpose was to share ideas and experiences regarding voluntary industry- government partnerships. NJDEP's pollution prevention Director gave a presentation on our Silver and Gold Track program, mentioned earlier, which provides an incentive for businesses to go beyond compliance. As a result of our participation, a delegation of Chinese officials visited NJDEP in January to continue the exchange of ideas. NJDEP has also hosted seminars for its staff on the sustainability policies of South Africa, the Netherlands, Sweden, Costa Rica and Germany.

Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relation

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