NORTHEAST ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT PROJECT
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The Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project (NEEP) was formed in 1980 when the Attorneys General of eleven states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) met to respond to a greater need for interstate cooperation among environmental enforcement officials in the northeast region. The original membership has expanded to include Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia as full members; and the Province of Quebec, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and Environment Canada as Associate Members.
The Northeast Project served as a model for the development of three other regional environmental enforcement associations, namely, the Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association, the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network, and the Western States Project--each distinctive in their composition, but dedicated to the same goals and objectives, resulting in a national environmental network. Today forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces are members of at least one regional association. Membership is composed of representatives from agencies responsible for environmental regulatory activities, civil and administrative enforcement, and criminal investigation and prosecution. Funding for each association is provided by state membership contributions and a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Project provides many valuable services to its membership, including discipline-specific training, general information conferences, networking opportunities, an information services computer database, and support services. We also publish a newsletter twice a year which includes information on Project activities, timely environmental and legislative updates, and general items of interest.
We envision a Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project (NEEP) with an increasingly strong capacity to deliver high-quality training programs and efficient and responsive information services. We will contribute to making this vision a reality by developing a marketing plan which promotes the unique services provided by the NEEP to its membership.
The mission of the Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project is to protect the environment by providing our members with professional development through quality enforcement training and an opportunity to collaborate on current environmental issues.
We are guided in our actions and decisions by these values and principles:
We will build and sustain productive relationships with other environmental enforcement associations inside and outside the NEEP member states. We will strive to develop strong relationships and working “partnerships” with others in the environmental enforcement community, including the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network, Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association, Western States Project and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
We will adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, lifelong learning, confidentiality, and dependability.
COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION
We will work toward continuous improvement in all NEEP operations. We will champion innovation by seeking opportunities to market the services of the NEEP throughout the member states using strategic alliances and improved technologies. We will encourage meaningful change and pursue creative approaches to providing exceptional training using innovative methods of delivery that will meet the evolving needs of the environmental enforcement professionals.
FOCUS ON RESULTS
NEEP’s commitment is to help our membership improve performance and achieve workplace results through training, collaboration, and information sharing. We are committed to achieving measurable results in all our undertakings.