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We Want to Hear from You!

2012 February 9

By Lina Younes

For more than a decade, EPA has had a Spanish presence on the Web in order to provide information to the Spanish-speaking community across the nation. The Agency has always made an effort to provide relevant information on key environmental issues to Hispanics so together, we can fulfill our mission of protecting human health and the environment. However, the Web content in Spanish has only been a fraction of what is readily available on EPA’s main website. After months of hard work of reviewing our Spanish content, we have just given a new “look and feel” to EPA’s Spanish portal. Not only did we want to make the website more consistent with the experience that many have when they visit our English pages, we also wanted to make sure that we offered the relevant information needed for the Spanish-speaking community to make informed decisions about its health and the environment. Do Spanish-speaking consumers find the environmental information they are looking for when they visit our site? Do small businesses find the information needed to adopt green business practices? Do teachers find useful tools to develop lesson plans that will foster environmental education in and outside of the classroom?

We have also made a concerted effort to bring the new Spanish site into the 21st century by developing the latest social media tools in Spanish and readily displaying them on our site. We are proud of our new page, but we want to hear from you! That’s why in cyber-speak we decided to go with a “beta launch” or also known as a “soft launch.” Why? Because we plan to continue developing this page to make it better. We want to add additional content in Spanish that will serve your needs. We want your feedback regarding how easy it is for you to navigate through our new page and if you find the information you are looking for most often. Do the pictures and graphics convey the intended message or distract you from the information at hand? Are there informational gaps?

So, check it out . We want to know your opinion. We need your feedback. We welcome constructive criticism. We want to hear from you!

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves as EPA’s Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison in the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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 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.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. John C. Leichty permalink
    February 9, 2012

    Your informatives , actvity areas , are great , and give whole looks
    in so many areas of importance . In the beauty of land and waterways
    so essential to uman health and spirit , you might contest and review the terrible and neglected conditions of the Delta from Sacramento shipping lanes , to the wasted areas of Mare island , and the Suisan bay where naval / ships grave yard , and all the siliting full marinas along the way and out to the San Francisco bay , where fed proposals and programs never getting off the ground , to remove hazards and restore shipping lanes and boatng ways . I have visited and photographed all the channels and bays and talked with marina people and shipping persons , and marina boat owners stuck in no dredge areas , and USCG at wasted areas at stations in Rio Vista and Vallejo , Mare island areas , and Naval officers at Benicia , who all say
    this area is being talked and money spent on studies but totaly overlooked and such potential being wasted. Mare island could be a great area for a federal prison , as deserted ship yards just set…

  2. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    February 9, 2012

    The Spanish site is a great thing. It will do a great job at promoting inclusion as well as providing an important educational resource. Best of luck with this. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  3. kiyohisa tanada permalink
    February 10, 2012

    The message from the people of countries of the world has some kind of hints.
    I break the language barrier,
    Using a computer, I will exchange information.

  4. Lina-EPA permalink
    February 10, 2012

    Thanks, Michael, for your kind words. It had been a while since we had “chatted” on Greenversations. I appreciate your comments,
    Lina

  5. Lina-EPA permalink
    February 10, 2012

    Arigato.
    Exchanging environmental information will help us all. Thank you,
    Lina Younes

  6. João Luiz de Carvalho Mattoso permalink
    February 10, 2012

    Sou médico , brasileiro, formado há 30 anos e muito preocupado com a poluição do ar.
    Estamos sendo envenenados pela “poeira preta” conhecida por Material Pariculado ( PM 0,1 – 10 micra ) que penetra em nossos pulmões, entram em nossa circulação sanguínea causando estragos na saúde até aumentando o câncer e causando milhares de mortes por todo o mundo “civilizado”.
    Depois de estudar o problema por mais de 10 anos, criei um PROJETO AMBIENTAL – DR.MATTOSO para ajudar a diminuir este grande problema mundial.
    O PROJETO AMBIENTAL foi dividido em 5 partes mais importantes :
    1) Direito Ambiental
    2) Administração Ambiental
    3) Engenharia Ambiental
    4) Medicina Ambiental
    5) Industria Farmacêutica Ambiental

    Gostaria muito de um dia poder ir ai nos E.U.A. para apresentar este maravilhoso projeto, auto-suatentável.

    Quem sabe um dia ?

    Até breve e meus parabéns pelo desempenho do EPA e agora deste blog oficial – Greenversations !!!

    Espero que neste blog, alguém entenda o português do Brasil !!!

    See later

    Bye bye

    Dr.Mattoso

  7. Lina-EPA permalink
    February 10, 2012

    Dr. Mattoso:

    Muito obrigada par as suos parabens. Eu no falo portugues, pero comprendo un poco.

    Saludos,

    Lina Younes

  8. Austin permalink
    February 17, 2012

    I know there are factories and trucking companies out their that are burning so much petroleum and putting raw fuel into the atmosphere slowly destroying our beautiful environment. I have come across a product that cuts down the emissions of any burning of petroleum by up to 40%, this product is cheap and would actually end up saving these factories and trucking companies millions of dollars in the long run because it causes the fuel to burn more efficiently and last longer, which in turn is a lot better for the air. I really want to get the word out about this product I know their are rules and regulations on emissions for these kinds of people and this could really benefit them and the environment at the same time! I would love to talk to somebody to see how we could work together in providing this product to everyone who could use it. THANK YOU SO MUCH

  9. Gautam Patel permalink
    February 25, 2012

    Environ problem is not an country problem,now it is a big global problem.Let change oue Orbit and our horizen.

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