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2010 February 16

Open EPA logoHave you heard about President Obama’s Open Government Directive (PDF) (81K, about PDF)? Under this plan, we’re looking for your help making EPA more transparent and finding ways for us to work with you better. The ultimate goal? Getting the best ideas for how we can meet our mission of protecting health and the environment.

I’m personally excited about this new effort because it ties in so well with many other projects that use new tools to connect with you and get you involved.  One of the first was this blog, launched in April 2008.  Since then, we’ve started Facebook fan pages and Twitter accounts, put together online discussion forums, done some live video webcasts, and launched Pick 5 for the Environment.

To get started, check out our new open government Web site, which links to many innovative projects and our social media sites.

It also shows our progress on several milestones.  The next one is to write our open government plan.  It’s due April 7, so until March 19 we’re using a special idea collection system to get your thoughts about:

  • what should be in the plan
  • how we should prioritize what we publish
  • how to improve the quality of our information
  • new ways of doing business and new tools we should be using

You can also vote and comment on other people’s ideas.

I look forward to hearing from you!

About the author: Jeffrey Levy is EPA’s Director of Web Communications.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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15 Responses leave one →
  1. Jorge Gerônimo Hpólito permalink
    February 16, 2010

    Congratulations Jeffrey Levy for this initiative, sometimes messages sent to the “EPA Greenversations Blog ‘, are not answered. Success for everyone involved in the search for better quality of life.


  2. armansyahardanis permalink
    February 16, 2010

    I impressed to watch the cable television of BBC knowledge about her program. I think the people need EPA forever, just not in US, but universe and again, forever…. US have NGC, why EPA have not. Your discovery make us proud for the human welfare. Now, The people have not yet the TV cable of protecting health and the environment. Could EPA can ?

  3. Luke permalink
    February 17, 2010

    Nice work Jeffrey and everyone else at EPA!

  4. tamil mani permalink
    February 17, 2010

    its good one

  5. Al Bannet permalink
    February 17, 2010

    If you want a more open EPA website, here would be a good place to start by openly discussing previously forbidden topics like overpopulation and toxic buildup in the biosphere and the solution in family planning and 100% recycling of all waste and garbage. EPA at least allows me to state these dilemmas, but so far no official has dared to admit and talk about it here in Greenversations, or any other public venue that I’m aware of. The consequence is that it may already be too late to reverse the damge to planet.

  6. Carolyn Allen permalink
    February 17, 2010

    I understand there is a problem with the EPA’s whistle blowers program. How do you protect your employees and suppliers who point out problem areas that need to be addressed? The program started with such promise … but is it still effective? Does it need to be revitalized given that we’re seeing so many abuses in finance and big projects? How can you make this work better?

  7. Mr.Takaphan Jaruhungsin permalink
    February 18, 2010

    Mr.Takaphan Jaruhungsin
    169 long-hard bangsaen road sane sook
    muang chonburi 20131 Thailand.

    Dear Sir
    I giving my idea for the greenversations program comment and feedback to the question.
    1. What should be in the plan.
    1.1 Lay on the plan, and send the massage of detail step of work, and need the people help to gether, people of resident in area, and officer gov. , for support the job.
    1.2 Let the people to know the detail for avail to people resident location make clean area, And take care for the public used may they
    don’t have officer enough, such.
    1. The locate resident, 2. the locate business, 3. the locate industrial, 4. the locate public in terest, 5. take care two time, dayship, and nightship, 6. to be help the polic officer and contact too,
    there are for detail safe the health and clean the area.
    2. How we should prioritize what we publish.
    2.1 For publish to the all detail of above first time
    2.2 For team work go out side keep the vote and they need or not, to be survey first time.
    2.3 If OK for the people, let to be lay the plan, and point for take care.
    2.4 and creat the job for officer to be done.
    2.4.1 creat the team work for inspect survey what happen in the locate . when the people call back.
    2.4.2 Later time to be, research and lay out plan work and control for the maintenance officer work at point, and creat the job of maintenance officer too,
    2.4.3 Let to have forman to be inspect , the area to be creating the job for enough, area each, one.
    3. How to improve the quality of our information.
    3.1 If the information Ok, That Ok,, For compleat.
    3.2 If the information not Ok, Please look for and include the ideas of some membership of the party too.
    3.3 Please let the information of program and project, work in the internet websit for the poeple to know the detail about it, For.
    4. New Way of doing business and new tools we should be using.
    4.1 Let the vehicle, for carry the tools and the Bicycle for officer to ride around the area for spectater befor work, clean job, and safe the health of people, For every thing to be danger, and
    4.2 Let to have the tools, for test the air of emission, (Co2) at the point of area each,
    4.3 to be agreement with the private compamy office cleaner area,
    may not enough for take care some area.?

    I holp this my idea for research.
    And Includ some idea from my friendship.

    Good luck.

    Mr.Takaphan Jaruhungsin
    18 Feb 2010

  8. Jesús Torres Navarro permalink
    February 18, 2010

    Felicidades, es una excelente idea no sólo para los EEUU, sino para todo el mundo; vivo en México y pienso que todos debemos comprometernos con la lucha por un Planeta Verde
    Necesitamos una visón global para actuar localmente

  9. Tanner permalink
    February 25, 2010

    I agree with Al Bannet; you really do seem to avoid controversial topics.

    For example, I just searched this blog for “Mountaintop removal” and found nothing.

    I searched the Web site for “Mountaintop Removal” and found lots of results for “Mountaintop Mining.”

    I’m not sure how you call it “Mountaintop Mining” when there’s no mountain left after the mining is done.

    Is this 1984, or do you want to call Mountaintop Removal for what it is?

  10. Lee Manning permalink
    February 27, 2010

    I spent 35 years at EPA. in Information Management. Information about the environment is the key to your success. Plan for it, budget for it, and remember that your opposition will do everything they can to prevent you from being well informed about the current state of the environment. A well informed EPA tends to not be in the best interests of industry and their lobbyists.
    Be well informed. It’s our best hope.

  11. Raju Kumar permalink
    June 5, 2010

    This is nice initiative.Obama should give priority on basic thing first like employment,security etc.

  12. Travel Help permalink
    August 14, 2010

    This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone


  13. Kevin Megan permalink
    September 16, 2010

    go for information on how to replace recyclelable materials to biodegredable materials because recycable materials are madeup of plastic materials so the best is to promote using biodegrable materials for the grocery

  14. Realtor Software permalink
    June 4, 2011

    good job. thanks for the updates!

  15. April 29, 2012

    I think of EPA is Good….
    Thank you for information.

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