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"Through the Interagency Environmental Technology Office, experts can share information with individuals and organizations within and outside the government."

Vice President Al Gore
White House Conference on
Environmental Technologies
December 1994

Why Was IETO Created? | What Does IETO Do? | Who Are We?
How To Find Us

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Why Was IETO Created?

Nautilus graphicThe environmental sector in the U.S. is dominated by small and medium-sized businesses which often have problems finding and accessing federal programs and assistance. During the development of the National Environmental Technology Strategy, businesses recommended that the federal government set up a "one-stop-shop" for environmental technologies. Consequently, IETO was established in December 1994.

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What Does IETO Do?

IETO was created to serve the needs of business and industry, academic and research institutions, non-governmental organizations, state and local government agencies, and interested citizens regarding environmental technology.

We have three primary missions:

  1. Actively promote all programs of the federal government which can help the U.S. environmental industry develop and deploy its technologies, domestically and internationally, thereby helping to advance sustainable development;
  2. Serve as a "one-stop-shop" for organizations and individuals seeking advice and/or access to federal environmental technology programs. IETO builds linkages between businesses and organizations with similar interests in, and goals for, environmental technologies;
  3. Coordinate intergovernmental and international activities and events which benefit U.S. environmental technology companies and organizations. This includes bringing together companies and organizations seeking to: a) build research and development partnerships or joint ventures; b) engage in commercialization or technology transfer activities, or c) acquire funding or other resources needed to advance the U.S. environmental technology industry’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

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Who Are We?

IETO is staffed by federal employees who serve as agency representatives to the White House Council on Environmental Quality for a period of time — usually one to two years. Federal agencies are invited to send representatives who bring with them a wide range of backgrounds and expertise related to environmental technologies. Historically, the agencies have included: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Energy; Department of Commerce, and the Department of the Interior.

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How To Find Us

We are located in offices on the third floor at 730 Jackson Place, N.W., which is on the west side of Lafayette Square, across from the White House.

By METRO rail: we are nearest to the Farragut West Square station, located at 17th and I (Eye) Streets, N.W. The trains which stop at that station run on the "blue" and "orange" lines. Another nearby station is Farragut North, which is located at Connecticut Avenue and K Street, N.W. The trains which stop at that station run on the "red" line. When exiting these stations, walk south towards the White House.

By car: the nearest cross streets are H Street and 17th, N.W. There is convenient commercial parking available nearby on H Street. [Note: H Street is one-way, east-bound]

See map.

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For Further Information

Contact: David Scott Smith, Executive Director,

Interagency Environmental Technology Office,
730 Jackson Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20503

TEL: 202.408.6838
FAX: 202.408.7590
E-mail: ieto@erols.com

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