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Agency Policy Statement
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s lead agency in providing assistance to the developing world. Consistent with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, other foreign assistance legislation and the National Security Strategy, USAID is committed to the ideals and practices of environmental responsibility through the implementation of measures designed to:
- integrate the principles of environmental sustainability into its administrative, operational and program policies and activities;
- minimize, to the extent practicable, any negative impact of USAID operations and programs on the environment, through a process of continual improvement and strategic investment;
- create opportunities for good environmental practice and awareness of environmental policies and issues amongst Agency personnel;
- foster the continued development of best practices and expertise in environmental disciplines in order to provide knowledge and capacity building related to environmental sustainability throughout USAID and its programs; and
- establish transparent decision-making processes that encourage the expression of alternative solutions and promote sustainability.
USAID will implement its sustainability program through a comprehensive plan with measurable goals and with monitoring and analysis of performance against the plan. USAID is dedicated to partnering with the federal and private community to address environmental issues domestically and internationally.
Last updated: February 22, 2013