Building Strong State and Tribal Partnerships

Strengthening our Tribal Partnerships - what are your ideas?

I work at EPA as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs. Part of the mission of our office is to work directly with tribal governments to protect human health and the environment in Indian country. (Read more about our work with tribes here: www.epa.gov/tribal) With diminishing fiscal resources, it is even more important to strengthen our tribal partnerships to achieve our goals. ...more »

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Taking Action on Climate Change

raise awareness

Hello My name is Dean Carroll.I am a normal workimg 24 year old living in Australia. I care for the environment and worry about global warming.I believe people especially young people are not educated enough on these major issues facing humanity.I recently watched two very good documentaries called Surviving Progress and the 11th Hour.These programs are show on TV but not enough.Al Gore also has a good documentary ...more »

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Cleaning Up Our Communities

Hold "Give & Take Day" Events Nationwide

➢ Give and Take Days are a great way to reuse items that are too good to throw away but you just don’t have a use for them anymore – just bring along any reusable items between 11am and 1pm, then take away anything you want from 1pm to 4pm – it’s free! (you don’t have to bring something to take something). ➢ Example of what you can bring: household goods, pots/pans, books, CDs, DVDs, toys, bric-a-brac, bikes, plants, ...more »

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Everyday Green Tips

Menstrual Cup - healthy and economical

What is the Menstrual Cup? Originally developed in 1937, the menstrual cup is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual fluid directly. It is a cost-saving and eco-friendly alternative to menstrual pads or sanitary towels. Made of latex, silicone or TPE, the cup is reusable and designed to last for up to 10 years. How to use the Menstrual Cup Wash your hands well Insert the clean and folded cup ...more »

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Protecting America’s Waters

Redundant Urban Roadways

If domestic, urban municipalities are responsible for the largest share of contaminated water discharge in both brownfields and waterways, furthermore having population concentrations that are expected to increase from 50% now to 70% in 2050, then we need to consider some alternatives to the current cost and infrastructure of handling storm run-off in coastal cities and human waste around the country. I wrote a Sustainable ...more »

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Protecting America’s Waters

Groundwater and the importance of clear writing

Do you feel it is important to have universal acceptance of scientific terms for consistency in written communications and writing? I believe it is vital that science writing be clear and consistent! As an example, "Groundwater" is defined simply as water located beneath the earth's surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations. The term "groundwater" has evolved and there is still an alternate ...more »

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Reforestation and vegetation

Because deforestation has greately contributed to atmospheric warming, humanity needs to insist that everyone involved in timber removal is properly taxed, to insure that reforestation and revegetation efforts are taking place. Also, all solar projects need to receive the best tax incentives and funding possible, because converting solar energy into electricity helps to cool the planet by reducing the solar thermal contribution ...more »

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Improving Air Quality

No More Burning

In Lancaster County PA, many Farmers tell you they don't read or speak English so they doln't know they are breaking the law when their livestock stands in creeks or when they burn huge plastic containers off State Road 89s beween Strasburg and Delaware. Many people from all backgrounds, burn their garbage after 5 and on weekends when no Fire Marshall is working. Start a Youth Facebook/Kindle/IPhone program to create ...more »

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Everyday Green Tips

Home Biogas

Home-scale anaerobic digesters produce more energy than solar panels anytime day or night, rain or shine while generating high-quality fertilizer for local food security and diverting organic waste from landfills. Biogas is the same as fossil natural gas only instead of taking 65 million years to make, we can make it every day in our own backyards, enjoying energy independence and security while improving the environment. ...more »

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Reuse Styrofoam peanuts

These take forever to degrade - like almost never. What if we had enclosed areas on the ocean where they are floating on the water - in a net so that ocean life and birds can't eat them, but they reflect back the heat that the ocean normally absorbs. We could put these on land as well. As long as they are contained by a net, they will help reduce climate change. Even a little helps when everyone's ideas are adopted.

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Assuring the Safety of Chemicals

Spray Foam Dangers

The public needs to be made aware of the dangers of Spray Foam Insulation. My family is in a situation in which bad spray foam was applied in our home. After air quality testing and foam sample testing we are stunned at the number of harmful chemicals found in this product. We have ongoing health issues and have vacated our home until this can be properly removed. We are not alone, a simple search on the web of bad spray ...more »

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Protecting America’s Waters

Promote awareness of how and why to save water

Many people don't think about the fresh water that comes out of their taps, into garden hoses and their toilets. By promoting simple ideas and some easy technology we can save so much water that literally goes down the drain unnecessarily. From using grey water, turning off taps while brushing teeth, taking out lawns and replacing with xeriscaping, etc.

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Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice

Are bees sensitive to changes in background radiation?

As discussed under air quality, based on admittedly limited (self-funded) layman testing and research...the background radiation levels over a significant swatch geographical swath (about 250 miles of road) appear to be elevated over historical levels. Roughly, the readings are about 2x over historical levels. Is this enough of a change to cause issues with some species? In general, mammals are considered to be the ...more »

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Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice

Manage SCOPE of Forest Fires

In Colorado there are 3.6M+ acres of beetle-kill pine. We are in a sever to extreme drought and it is only getting worse every day. Current USDA Forest Service policy and budget allow for the protection of human life and residential structures. Forest firest are not prevented from occurring (using thinning of deadwood and other management practices), as learned from the Yellowstone fire. This beetle-kill is primarily ...more »

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Everyday Green Tips

ANNUAL WATER QUALITY REPORT

The Annual Quality Report and water Conservation guide has been a required report since 1996. In many jurisdictions a whole booklet is mailed to all water meter owners for specific utilities. My recommendation is that instead of the entire report being mailed, why not mail a card directing the meter owners to a web site with the information, or offering to send copies to those who need hard copies. Millions of dollars ...more »

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Stop the Genetic Erosion

During 1960s, the chemical fertilizers were introduced to the fields in the name of green revolution which created immense imbalance in soil chemistry, the soil biota. As a result of which the natural balance was totally disrupted. This green revolution created hundreds of environmental problems during last 5 decades. In the same way, in modern era the genetic engineering tools are made in practice to disrupt the natural ...more »

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stop pebble mine in alaska EPA u have the power!

Is I live in mass just watched frontline program on the planned mega mine that an evil and sinister corporation named pebble plans to build in alaska that will screw the people and kill the fish while displacing lots of wildlife and ruining that beautiful landscape. Is nothing safe from greed? Wtf! However the EPA has the power to stop them. Now im just a girl that really doesnt care about much besides tanning and my ...more »

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