About the author: Jeffrey Levy joined EPA in 1993 to help protect the ozone layer. He is now the National Web Content Manager.
Today, we launched a new design for our Web site’s home page and a bunch of pages that support it. (This is where I was going to thank everyone who contributed, but I ran out of space.) I’m pretty excited about it, but why should you care?
The #1 reason is that it’s easier to do whatever it is you wanted to do. We know your idea of fun isn’t cruising EPA’s Web site. So how have we learned what you want? We looked at our search logs, conducted focus groups, and did surveys. And we talked about what each of our many audiences would want to do on our site.
Now, we haven’t yet converted the entire site. That’s because we’re working to clean up the rest of the site (which is more than 500,000 pages), getting rid of old stuff, rewriting material that looks like it was pulled from a legal textbook, etc. As that gets done, we’ll see about using the new design.
Enough theory. Here are some things I think are especially cool, most of which we’ve never done before:
- Right on the home page, you can search for information about your watershed, learn how your electricity is made, and get the UV Index to protect yourself from the sun. And one click away are a bunch of other resources based on your ZIP code.
- You’ll find all kinds of tips about what you can do at home, at school, in your office, etc.
- We’ve also made it easier to support our mission in a more formal way, whether it’s working for EPA, getting a grant, or joining one of our partnership programs.
- You can watch our latest video, listen to our latest audio, or check out our latest photo, with easy access to the whole collection.
- You’ll also always find a link to our latest Blog Question of the Week (this is a personal favorite – it’s very interesting reading all of your responses!).
I hope you enjoy the new look; it’s just one of many projects we’ve got in the works, like creating a site for mobile phones and exploring social media like YouTube. And let us know how we can use the Web even better to help you get things done, either in a comment here or using the form on our sneak preview page.