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EPA’s Mobile Website Preview

2010 October 4

By Brett Graham

“Have you ever wondered…?” was a beginning line for Andy Rooney’s monolog on the “60 Minutes” show. But, have you ever wondered what the UV index was while out in the sun? I have often asked myself that exact question during my weekend tennis activities. I can be a bit lazy when it comes to sun protection but when I know the UV index is high (6 or above), I just do it.

How can you find the UV index while you’re stretching at the tennis courts? EPA’s mobile website! Yes, I said MOBILE. The website has actually been around for a while and can be accessed at http://m.epa.gov from your mobile device. If you think that’s great… and I’m sure you do… . I’m here to tell you that EPA is completing its modernization of the mobile website and will soon be available at the above URL. For now, check out our prototype at http://www.epa.gov/webmast1/m . Feedback is always welcome.

You can get the latest environmental news releases, videos of Administrator Jackson on YouTube, and even photos posted on Flickr with your mobile device through our website. The website Apps menu includes links to “My Right to Know” and “Learn about your environment.” The latter includes information on UV Index, AirData, Energy Star Rebates, and My Environment.

Another useful item that I’d like to share is the Contact link at the bottom of the menu. It provides clickable phone numbers for an environmental emergency or any other threats to public health. For those of us who haven’t included the phone number of everyone we know working at the EPA, there’s an Employee Directory under the Contact link as well. I find that very useful.

I almost forgot to mention two of the most popular websites among mobile users: Facebook and Twitter. The new mobile website’s “Connect” page has links to EPA on Facebook and Twitter in the mobile format. Users can follow Administrator Lisa Jackson on Twitter or stay connected with environmental issues and events on EPA Facebook. Visitors to the “Connect” page can also join the Greenversations on EPA’s blog, where guest writers blog about current environmental issues. Or, they can just browse the “Environmental Tips” page to get information on how to conserve energy and other action-oriented tips.

As you can tell, I’m really excited about the new website and all the mobile content that’s available to you. Our team has worked hard to redesign EPA’s mobile website and we welcome your feedback. So, if you haven’t turned on your mobile device and browsed to the new prototype while reading this blog, now’s the time. And, don’t forget the sunblock!

About the author: Brett Graham is an IT Specialist and has been working at EPA since 2000. He’s located at the Office of Environmental Information’s National Computer Center in RTP, NC and is currently on detail to OEI’s Information Access Division.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations 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.

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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10 Responses leave one →
  1. John Marston permalink
    October 4, 2010

    That is so cool. I need to try that out as soon as I can. This is going to be useful and helpful when I go on out and explore the nation. This app and these brakes will help me travel around better.

  2. jay rey terry permalink
    October 4, 2010

    That’s really good informatio about EPA’s Mobile Website Perview…Thank for sharing :-)

  3. stomiko23181 permalink
    October 6, 2010

    I think it is interesting how technology can be used these days. Being able to get UV data based on your location can be very helpful. This type on information can be used by anyone. So many people do not use any sun screen. Being able to quantify the UV rays one is getting on a daily basis could prompt them to take better care of their skin.

  4. Arun Agrawal permalink
    October 10, 2010

    Hi

    I saw your mobile website and wish to commend you for a job very well done. Mobile websites have to be compact, render well on a wide range of browsers and be constantly updated for a good impact.

    As developers of, I can say with confidence that your mobile websites meets all the criteria of a successful site. Keep it up!

    Arun

  5. Jim Bullis, Miastrada Company permalink
    October 13, 2010

    Comments seem to not actually get through?

  6. mobile websites permalink
    December 24, 2010

    Every point should be easily understand and meaningful,Best of luck for the future of this blog.

  7. Simon permalink
    May 16, 2011

    This is just great. Now I can access EPA from my computer at work, my mobile phone and even my television, a brand new
    Keep the good work.

  8. Joey permalink
    August 1, 2011

    This new website looks so good! Are apps becoming appdaptable?. Anyways nice tool still.

  9. Tommy permalink
    August 1, 2011

    This new website looks so good! Are apps becoming appdaptable?. Anyways nice tool still. Thanks

  10. jeb permalink
    August 6, 2011

    A cell phone app to display UV index would be a helpful development

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