Comments on: Making a Difference in Your Community Through Service http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/10/making-a-difference-in-your-community-through-service/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Buy Home or Sell Home In Guelph http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/10/making-a-difference-in-your-community-through-service/#comment-15726 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 19:26:09 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1138#comment-15726 We know environment is filled with pollutants of various types. If we all care for our environment and our health either we can work or contribute individually or join together to work towards our goal of improving our environment

Dr. Art T Dash, Ph.D.

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By: Jason Estes http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/10/making-a-difference-in-your-community-through-service/#comment-15725 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:39:13 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1138#comment-15725 We can make a difference, it all starts with young people. Educating our children about going green is now more important than ever. They need to truly understand recycling, and what saving energy will do for their future as well as ours. Imagine the impact of well educated kids who know what green living is all about, and are super motivated to teach others how they can get involved too. Amazing right??

Go Green!

Jason Estes

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By: BeWaterWise Rep http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/10/making-a-difference-in-your-community-through-service/#comment-15724 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:28:09 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1138#comment-15724 Thanks for the post! It encourages one to really make a difference. As you said people can contribute to the environment individually or by joining others. Getting ourselves to ‘act’ is the first step to create awareness about the environment. For instance environmental issues like water pollution can be prevented if we stop littering our water bodies and harming the ecosystem. Making a difference lies within each individual has water-wise tips that we can all implement at home and outdoors.

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/10/making-a-difference-in-your-community-through-service/#comment-15723 Sat, 10 Oct 2009 22:08:55 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1138#comment-15723 That was so true. I am a member of People First, California, Orange County Chapter. People irst works with and for disabled persons. Our Chapter has a Community Inclusion Project on the Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo. We walk or ride the trail one or more times a week (the trail is wheelchair accessible). We bring a camera and a notebook and pincel. We report to the Mission Viejo Public Services Department things like graffiti, trash piles dumped above the trail path, maintenance problems, debris in the creek, and cigarette butt hot spots. These things are handled by the Mission Viejo Public Works Department from between 24 hours and a few days after reporting. We also report to the Operations Manager of the Public Works Department on the good things we have seen as well as those that need attention. Sometimes we also report to other agencies like the Santa Margarita Water District. Some major projects have resulted. One sewer connection and cover was replaced in a project that took the water district several weeks, two manholes that had needed repair were in the center of the trail path and caused sudden dips in the path and cracks in the pavement. The Water District replaced the manholes and put a new path down in the impacted area. Other things we have got done working with the city and the county. Abandoned grocery carts used to be a big problem on the trail path, above the path, on the creek bank and down in the creek. We have a shopping cart patrol now through the Orange County Public Works Department that does one or two patrols a day seven days a week including holidays and takes any carts found to the county yard where owners can pick them up or they go to recycling. The Mission Viejo Public Works Operations Manager has talked to the city contract gardeners and let them know that litter control and removal is part of their job. Litter used to be a problem but now the trail is kept clean with little litter. The fence repair crews have repaired the wooden trail fences and the fencing is staying in good shape. We also got the Orange County Sheriff to patrol the trail on a daily basis. Graffiti is no longer the problem it had been. It is being kept down and new graffiti is being reported and removed within hours or a few days. We did an hour presentation on our Community Inclusion Project at the People First State Convention in Sacramento back in June and had over 40 People First members from different parts of the state come. Other members and chapters are talking about starting similar projects in places like Lemon Grove and Sacramento and Grass Valley. Our Oso Creek Trail Project is continuing. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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By: Johnny R. http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/10/making-a-difference-in-your-community-through-service/#comment-15722 Sat, 10 Oct 2009 17:08:27 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1138#comment-15722 Ms. Ippolito,

Working in New York from ’88 you may have heard of the Village Green Recycling Team in downtown Manhattan, where I volunteered until it was closed by fiat of realestate. Neighborhood recycling stations was a new idea back then. What is the situation now?

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By: AAGHAZ HUSSAIN KHAWAJA http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/10/making-a-difference-in-your-community-through-service/#comment-15721 Sat, 10 Oct 2009 07:26:12 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1138#comment-15721 i think that this is the big problem that we people are facing these days. it is the big one and it will go on increasing on day by day ,if we will not do some work to make the environment better .if we have a look on our homes we can start it from ourself to clean the environment first .we have do some work on the ground level to make environment neat and clean .if we would not be able to do some work lonely then it is impossible to do something for the whole world. i have seen such people that use to keep there houses clean but they throw the wast on the roads and paths and make the environment dirty . My suggestion to all is that we should take our responsibility to contribute some thing to clean the environment

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