About the Clusters Program
As drivers of innovation, clusters play an important role in addressing the nation’s pressing environmental issues. EPA supports the development of clusters and other technology innovation efforts through its Environmental Technology Innovation Clusters Program.
- advises cluster organizations,
- encourages collaboration between clusters,
- tracks U.S. environmental technology clusters, and
- connects EPA programs to cluster needs.
If you are involved in a cluster organization focused on environmental technology or are interested in starting a cluster organization in your region, we encourage you to contact the Clusters Program.
Supporting Cluster Organizations
- disseminating best practices in cluster development,
- communicating EPA environmental priorities such as the Blueprint for for Integrating Technology Innovation into the National Water Program, and
- helping to convene potential cluster stakeholders when appropriate.
Currently, the Clusters Program serves as an advisory member to Confluence, a water cluster organization in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio region. Clusters Program staff are also working to support the development of a water technology cluster in Massachusetts.
Tracking U.S. Environmental Technology Clusters
The Clusters Program maintains a map and inventory of environmental technology cluster organizations known to EPA. If you are involved in an environmental technology cluster or other technology innovation effort, we'd like to hear from you. Contact the Clusters Program.
The Clusters Program communicates with environmental technology cluster organizationss across the nation, and periodically arranges calls and meetings where cluster organizers can share best practices with each other and establish cooperation between clusters.
Connecting EPA Programs to Cluster Needs
The Clusters Program can help connect cluster organizations to relevant programs within EPA, such as EPA's technology transfer resources.