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Environmental efforts related to energy are relatively new in the United States. In the 1960s, pollution control first became important because Americans were objecting in mounting numbers to spewing smokestacks and toxic drainage systems that were illegal, unhealthy, and unacceptable. The 1970s brought the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which was followed by laws related to improving air and water quality. The 1980s promoted the concept of pollution prevention, with waste reduction and energy efficiency growing out of new business efforts. Businesses increasingly employed new environmental management systems to prevent pollution before it occurred. The 1990s saw a proliferation of energy and environmental management systems rise to the level of standardization, eventually leading to the ISO 14001 standards that were designed to measure and manage pollution - if not prevent it. Partnerships between companies and their suppliers became part of the corporate world during this time, and a new era of environmentalism was born. Finally, in 2000, with mounting evidence of the serious effects of human-caused pollution on climate change, the concepts of zero waste, carbon-neutral, and natural capitalism emerged. Ultimately, this led to sustainability, a situation in which environmental efforts were intended not only to enhance the bottom line, but to drive the top line and create money for companies who developed innovations.