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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement (adopted December 1993; revised October 1999; revised September 2005; revised September 2009)

The purpose of ECOS is to improve the capability of State environmental agencies and their leaders to protect and improve human health and the environment of the United States of America.

Our belief is that State government agencies are the keys to delivering environmental protection afforded by both Federal and State law. Further, ECOS provides leadership on environmental issues of national importance, and plays a critical role in facilitating a quality relationship among and between Federal and State agencies. To fulfill its mission, ECOS will:

  • Articulate, advocate, preserve and champion the role of the States in environmental management;
  • Provide for the exchange of ideas, views and experiences among States and with others;
  • Foster cooperation and coordination in environmental management; and
  • Articulate State positions to Congress, Federal agencies, and the public on environmental issues.

Vision Statement (adopted in 2012)

Vision Statement