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Let’s Talk!

2012 September 21

By Jessica Orquina

I’m the Social Media Lead for EPA. It’s my responsibility to lead EPA’s efforts to share information and communicate using social media. I work with my colleagues to make it possible for you to learn about our work on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr, YouTube, and our blogs.

On Facebook and Twitter we share information that you can use to protect your environment. Like or follow us and receive tips you can use every day or to learn about the environment. On Foursquare we post tips at locations across the country and around the world. Check in at Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, WA or Rockport Harbor in Rockport, MA and see Documerica photos taken at those locations 40 years ago. EPA employees share their experiences and ideas with you on our blogs. Read about environmental tips, how EPA uses science to protect the environment, environmental justice, and many other EPA programs. We even have a Spanish blog! Check out our YouTube and Flickr stream to see photos and video of the work we have been doing.

We hope you find the information we share and the conversations that result interesting and useful. And we’re always trying to improve what we do

This is where you come in… What can we do better? Where do you want to connect with EPA online? What type of information would you like us to be sharing with you via social media?

Share your ideas and help us make this conversation more valuable. Tell us what you think in the comments below!

About the author: Jessica Orquina works in the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education as the social media lead for the agency. Prior to joining EPA, she served as a public affairs specialist at another federal agency and is a former military and commercial airline pilot. She lives, works, and writes in Washington, DC.

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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  1. Anthony (Tony) DeLucia, Ph.D. permalink
    September 21, 2012

    Works for me! Last year EPA’s Carlton Eley was instrumental with planning and conducting walking audits in the SE section of WDC during our American Public Health Association meeting. We made the APHA blog during the meeting and I have communicated with Donya Currie about what we can do for this year’s meeting in SF where we do a bicycle tour. We are also hitting food systems, equity/empowerment topics (the 47%), working with planners/transportation/economic development types, etc.

  2. Maricopa County Air Quality Department, Clean Air Make More permalink
    September 21, 2012

    We love to see information about air quality as it relates/compares among states in the U.S., relevant statistics regarding public transportation in our nation’s large cities, and any important air quality or transportation related news.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share our insights!

    Clean Air Make More

  3. John Schoenfeld permalink
    September 21, 2012

    PAN North America shares a thing or two as well. I would like to hear answers to claims, made about the EPA from other organizations, and so I can research them to find the truth.

  4. Jessica - EPA permalink*
    September 21, 2012

    @ Maricopa County Air Quality: Thanks! Did you know you can browse EPA data on Data.org? Here’s the link: http://www.data.gov/list/agency/4/*

  5. James P. Robbins, Jr. permalink
    September 24, 2012

    So many species on land, sea, and air are on the brink of extinction. Yet many are hunted ( Japanese are hunting dolphins in ‘The Cove’ ) despite protests from many governments and private agencies. They may wake up one day to find that there are no more dolphins to hunt.
    The EPA spends billions of dollars each year, as if there is a never-ending supply of funding from the U.S. taxpayers. The EPA needs to assess which of its programs work, which ones do not, and fund ONLY those programs that are achieving results. Take a good hard look at EPA programs. More effectively targeted funding will achieve more effective results. And the taxpayers, who ARE the ones paying for it, will be getting their money’s worth from the EPA.

  6. cityslipper (small kitchen garden) permalink
    September 24, 2012

    Please share information about why the EPA is not trying to protect farmers from the spread of genetically engineered DNA. Please explain why, if someone plants GMO corn that pollinates adjacent non-GMO corn, control of the seeds of the non-GMO grower suddenly belongs to a manufacturing company and the person who grew the seeds could be fined for planting them in the next growing season. Please explain why the EPA is not protecting landowners from DNA pollution; if someone else’s chemical waste creeps onto my land, that’s a crime, but if their genetically engineered pollen pollutes my crops it puts me in violation of someone’s patent. Please explain why a coalition of organic farmers and natural food businesses have to organize a lawsuit to protect their businesses from DNA pollution when we have a federal agency whose mission is to protect us from pollution.

    Thank you for reaching out. It’s nice to hope that at least one person at the EPA notices “we, the people” are very concerned about corporations who have usurped the mission of the EPA.

  7. Dennis Quinter permalink
    September 25, 2012

    I would love to know why the EPA will do nothing about my neighbor constantly spilling things that kill off my lawn. I have spots in my lawn where it is so sterile not even weeds will grow for over two years. I have pictures AND lab reports for proof. The Ohio EPA gave them a Stormwater permit which allows them to divert this runoff to the side ditch past nine houses and into a creek. They say I can not claim the side ditch is my property when the property line is the center of the road. But, what they erect as a way to divert the water ends up in my yard with the runoff. A ridge of sand and gravel a few inches high and wide does not stop runoff when my property is three feet lower. One spill this spring killed all the vegetation along the road from two feet to six feet wide. Another has killed the grass beside my house in an area nearly the size of a car. I sent more pics to the Ohio EPA and they did not not respond, again. The US EPA says they have to leave it to the state to take care of it. Obviously it is NOT being taken care of after two plus years. I’m told that I can not sell this property without disclosing possible contamination or the buyer can make me pay clean up costs if contamination is discovered. So, here I am, disabled and 62 years old with everything tied up in this place and it would be nearly impossible to sell even at a loss.

  8. ulster county web design studio permalink
    September 25, 2012

    if someone else’s chemical waste creeps onto my land, that’s a crime, but if their genetically engineered pollen pollutes my crops it puts me in violation of someone’s patent.

  9. madison mirindas permalink
    September 26, 2012

    Please be ready to take down Polymet mining and stop their insanity in the Superior National Forests of NE Minnesota

  10. gardengeri permalink
    September 27, 2012

    Worried about increasingly frequent articles that GMO food causes cancer and has been banned across Europe but is not even noted in U.S. groceries. Is EPA doing anything on this front?

  11. Informasi Elekro permalink
    June 24, 2013

    Great post. :)

  12. jayashree permalink
    July 10, 2014

    Thanks intended for sharing that top niche. Next time you will spot my blog in of which list. I hope.

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