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Celebrating EPA’s 40th Anniversary—Pick5 And Join The Festivities!

2010 November 5

By Hanady Kader / Jeanethe Falvey

Tis the season for holidays and celebrations, and this year EPA has a particularly big reason to celebrate—we’re turning 40!

Maybe approaching the hill isn’t as thrilling for some, but we’re feeling festive. Every day we see the important work the agency has been doing for four decades: enforcing environmental laws, cleaning up hazardous waste, and assisting in the funding of environmental projects in communities, yet some serious work remains.

EPA is responsible for helping to protect a quality of life today, and for future generations. Yet, a single agency cannot take care of everything for everyone. We all drink water, breathe air and consume resources; we all use and depend on the environment. There’s no question that environmental protection needs action from the top down, but our efforts will go much further with equal action from the ground up. It’s all about you, your friends, your families and your neighbors and the ideas shared—here in the United States and across the globe—that can make an immediate positive impact.

EPA and the State Department’s Pick 5 for the Environment program is building a community where anyone can participate and pledge to do the simple and proven things that protect our air, water, and precious resources.

Leading up to EPA’s 40th anniversary on December 2, we are featuring a weekly video that shows how simple it is to do the right thing—so simple that kids are teaching their parents!

We hope you’ll check them out and submit your own It’s My Environment video, but if you do just one thing, join Pick 5 to see what others are doing across the world and share your ideas to make this truly a global community effort.

Is water conservation your calling? Feel passionate about recycling? You might just find your ideas and efforts put to action in another part of the country or world. Rest assured there are others like you making a difference. Happy Birthday EPA, and we wish you a Happier Holidays by enjoying and doing the simpler things in life that protect our livelihoods and loved ones.

About the authors: Hanady Kader and Jeanethe Falvey work together on the Pick 5 program from opposite ends of the U.S. Based in Seattle and Boston, both are committed to building environmental action from coast to coast and beyond.

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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5 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    November 6, 2010

    Many people believe that 40th years is best chance to retrospect themselves. I think EPA also, too. Far from U.S.A., I appreciate to EPA and its works, its performance and its achievements. I hope EPA always consistent to maintain environmentalism forever.
    Congratulations EPA and Happy birthday on December 2 .~.

  2. Congratulations. permalink
    November 6, 2010

    My congratulations for your celebration. And the best wishes. You are the strong of conservation of our Earth for us and the next generations.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    November 7, 2010


  4. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    November 7, 2010

    Much positive change has happened over the past 40 years and still much is to be done in the areas of climate change, water pollution, toxic superfund sites. The city I live in is doing things as well. We have distributed reusable shopping bags to all the city employees that are being used and are cutting down on the number of plastic toss away bags being used; we have launched a reusable bag program for all of our citizens; we are promoting recycling and water reuse programs where there were none before; we have set up e-waste collection, medical waste collection, food scap and green waste collection, and collection of batteries and residential toxic waste like used pesticide and fertalizer containers, and we have just started a program to collect and safely dispose of old or no longer needed medications; we have taken steps at our several city facilities that have greatly reduced stormwater runoff from city facilities to the storm drain system. Mission Viejo is at the forefront of community environmental action and much of what we have and are doing is being done at small cost to the city general fund. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  5. Tamil S permalink
    November 8, 2010

    Congrats for your celebration. have fun.

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