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Posted on behalf of Nicole Ott <nott@kieser-associates.com>

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Great Lakes Trading Network Transitions to Environmental Trading Network
http://www.envtn.org

KALAMAZOO, MI (March 4, 2003) - As of December 2002, the Great Lakes Trading
Network (GLTN) officially changed its name to the Environmental Trading
Network (ETN). The ETN has adopted articles of incorporation and is now
incorporated as a non-profit organization in Michigan. A Board of Directors
will soon be finalized.

With support from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Network was
originally developed in 1999 as part of a water quality trading
demonstration project in the Kalamazoo River Basin of Michigan.  The
organization has grown to encompass participants from across the country as
well as outside of the United States.  The U.S. EPA, several of its regional
and program offices, the World Resources Institute, a number of states,
research and academic institutions and the many active and emerging trading
programs in North America actively participate.  The Network has served as
the only clearinghouse for key policy and regulatory issues as well as
transferable water quality trading program design elements. An ETN website
(www.envtn.org) receives on average over 2,000 hits per month, from within
the U.S. and overseas. To better reflect participation and current
direction, participants of the Network agreed to seek non-profit status and
make the name change to the Environmental Trading Network.

The purposes of the ETN are to:

 obtain, generate, evaluate and disseminate information on trading programs
designed to improve water quality, air quality, and wildlife habitat;

 develop and implement successful market-based strategies for achieving
healthy sustainable ecosystems;

 support and strengthen regional and watershed-based environmental trading
initiatives;

 increase public awareness and support for environmental trading; and

 facilitate implementation of market-based programs established by state
and federal environmental policies.

As available, funds will be dispersed through the ETN for projects that test
and analyze public policies and experimental program design elements
focusing on market-based environmental strategies. The ETN will develop
infrastructure and mechanisms for multiple environmental markets to support
emerging policies developed and funded by the EPA and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. The ETN will sponsor scientific research and manage or
administer projects that create environmental improvement credits that can
be used, sold or traded in existing or emerging environmental markets,
locally, nationally and internationally. Through pilot projects, the ETN may
also assist with investment and brokering of environmental credits in
existing and emerging markets to publicly disseminate information on new
opportunities for environmental improvements.

The ETN website (www.envtn.org) is the main portal where information is
collected, exchanged, and disseminated. Monthly conference calls hosted by
the ETN provide a forum for direct interaction and discussion among network
participants. Summaries of the conference calls are posted on the ETN
website. Publications and presentations by network participants are
available for review and discussion on the ETN website. The ETN will also
organize conferences for policy and technology exchange in environmental
trading.

If you are interested in participating on the ETN, or would like additional
information, please go to www.envtn.org or contact the Acting Coordinator,
Mark Kieser, at mkieser@envtn.org or (269) 344-7117.


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