Comments on: Something to Remember The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 By: Cissp boot camp Wed, 05 Dec 2012 06:46:36 +0000 I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

By: About Us Thu, 15 Nov 2012 08:17:48 +0000 This is what I have been searching in many websites .

By: 居合 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 17:58:45 +0000 This is what I have been searching in many websites and I finally found it here. Amazing article. I am so impressed. Could never think of such a thing is possible with it…I think you have a great knowledge especially while dealings with such subjects.

By: cloud backup Sat, 11 Aug 2012 17:01:23 +0000 It was certainly interesting for me to read that article. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.

By: Mark Brown Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:49:46 +0000 I grew up in a small Kansas town in the 50’s and 60’s. The environment was not a great concern in those days, but the my personal economy was a big concern to me. In a day when kids didn’t receive allowances collecting pop bottles and selling them was big business for me and my friends. There wasn’t a hiding place safe enough for glass bottles. We patroled highways, bridges, lakes, streams, and garbage heaps for bottles.

I was sad to see the advent of throw away bottles. There aren’t many places that offer refunds on bottles. If an aggressive refund and reuse policy was instituted for most types of bottles many tons of trash would be reduced and many kids and adults could find a means to earn money.

By: Rico Puerto Thu, 07 Oct 2010 03:10:40 +0000 Puerto Rico, one of the best vacation spots in the whole world. A series of islands inhabited by amazing people, Puerto Rico is located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea. An archipelago, it is composed of one mother island and several other small islands, some of which are uninhabited.

By: Lina-EPA Wed, 21 Jan 2009 18:16:13 +0000 Dr. Pope
Obviously your loe for green issues started at a young age. Glad you’ve seen an improvement in air quality near your “homeland.

By: Dr. Blaine D. Pope Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:43:53 +0000 What a wonderful eco-story from Maria Pimentel—complete with history and folklore!

I grew up in Southern California, in the 1960s and 70s. I moved away for many years—spending some of that time working abroad and on the East Coast of the US—and then recently moved back. Regarding the environment, of course, it is all too easy for us to speak about those things that have gotten “worse,” worldwide. I, however, would like to note one local environmental success story, wherein something got a little better: Los Angeles area air quality.

The air quality in the northern section of LA County (Pasadena and surrounding areas) has actually improved since I was a child! Back in the late 1960s, I can recall being a chubby little kid, trying to play football or dodge ball. Sometimes I was not even allowed to play in that terrible, smog-filled air. I can recall almost not being able to see the majestic Sierra Madre/San Gabriel Mountains near my house, even though I lived and went to school a scant mile or two away from base of them (anyone who has ever watched a Rose Bowl Game on TV has seen those beautiful mountains, in the background). Worst of all, I can recall my young lungs actually aching, at the end of a day spent playing in such polluted air.
Returning to live in my “homeland” in 2007, I have noticed that “I can breathe deeply again!” The air is noticeably cleaner; and the place of my birth is noticeably more beautiful, more often, throughout the year.

So, I am led to ask, “If we can clean up our old smoggy air in Southern California so effectively (in spite of significant population increase), why not other aspects of our environment?” What can we learn from what we did here, regarding air quality? How might that process be replicated, for example, regarding current events like California’s AB32 legislation, on greenhouse gas emissions?
Today, that fat little kid from Altadena-Pasadena now works at the Center for Sustainable Cities, at the University of Southern California, focusing on these and other “green” issues.

I am indeed honored to be “back home.”

Blaine D. Pope, Ph.D., MIA, MPA
Research Assistant Professor
USC Center for Sustainable Cities

By: Zita Mon, 25 Aug 2008 10:18:35 +0000 Acabo de leer tu escrito sobre la Isla de Vieques. Me alegro mucho que luego de tanto tiempo fuera de Puerto Rico, todavía tengas tus recuerdos bien latente de tu niñez. Escribes con tanta pasión, amor, y sabiduría que demuestras que tu raíces no lo has olvidado y eso me emociona. La Isla Nena (como se le conoce) sigue siendo hermosa, de bellas playas, con su gente buena, la naturaleza y su verdor que siempre la ha caracterizado. Te felicito por tus éxitos y tambien por tus recuerdos. Y se que donde quiera que estés estará prohibido olvidar a VIEQUES.

By: Leslie Sansone Williams Sat, 23 Aug 2008 04:19:47 +0000 I, too, grew up in the fifties. We had no plastic bags, only paper and fabric bags. I remember my grandmother saving glass jars (under the sink, of course!) and paper bags. We saved our shopping bags and used them repeatedly.

I truly appreciate all that has been done in the last 30 yrs. or so to clean up the air pollution in the U.S. Great progress has been made thanks in part to catalytic converters.

This is a time for appreciating our resources and understanding just how precious they are.

Leslie Sansone Williams