Greenversations

La primavera es la época para sembrar…hasta en Greenversations

Por Kelly Dulka

El blog de Greenversations comenzó el Día del Planeta Tierra en el 2008.  Desde entonces hemos compartido 1,500 entradas en 70 categorías diferentes y hemos leído unos 48,000 comentarios de personas como ustedes.  Como una de las editoras de Greenversations, siempre he esperado con interés escuchar el sentir de muchos de nuestros lectores regulares y hasta he podido anticipar cuáles de las entradas al blog evocarían mucha interacción.  También he visto cómo muchas de nuestras series (como los miércoles científicos y la serie bilingüe de Lina Younes) han tenidos su propios adeptos.

Por eso, después de un profundo análisis y una gran labor, hemos decidido tomar algunos “injertos” de este exitoso blog y sembrarlos. Ahora les pedimos que los alimenten y cuiden de ellos al leerlos y contribuir para continúen desarrollándose estas conversaciones. A la misma vez, los hemos remozado, llevando todos nuestros blogs bajo un mismo diseño y creando una página donde encontrará todo en un mismo lugar.  

Greenversations es ahora oficialmente el nombre de la familia de blogs de EPA y los foros de discusión. Notará que hay algunos elementos nuevos en todos nuestros blogs.  Por ejemplo, hemos facilitado el proceso bajo el cual podrá compartir las entradas en Facebook, Twitter, y por correo electrónico así como de otras maneras.  También podrá suscribirse a cada blog por correo electrónico o podrá recibir la familia entera de blogs Greenversations en Twitter.

Les exhortamos a que dediquen un momento para explorar todos nuestros blogs y leerlos e interactuar con otros lectores.

Lo que habían conocido como Greenversations (Conversaciones verdes) desde el 2008 ahora se conocerá como “Es nuestro medio ambiente”  y continuaremos compartiendo ideas con empleados de EPA en todo el país. Otros blogs existentes ahora aparecerán con un nuevo diseño:
• The Eco-Student (El eco estudiante–para estudiantes entre 12 y 18 años),
• Healthy Waters for EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Region (Aguas saludables de la Región del Medio-Atlántico de EPA–acerca de la próxima generación de protección de agua),
• Greening the Apple (Reverdeciendo la Manzana–acerca de la ciudad de New York), y
• State of the Environment Photo Project (Proyecto fotográfico sobre el estado del medio ambiente–donde destacaremos algunas de sus fotos)
Y ahora estamos lanzando unos blogs nuevos:
• Environmental Justice in Action (Justicia ambiental en acción–un blog acerca de los esfuerzos por lograr la justicia ambiental en comunidades que sobrellevan una carga excesiva de contaminación),
• It All Starts with Science (Todo comienza con las ciencias–es lo que solía ser la serie de los miércoles dedicados a las ciencias), y
• Conversando acerca de nuestro medio ambiente (nuestro nuevo blog en español de la popular autora bilingüe de Greenversations, Lina Younes)
Estamos muy entusiasmados por continuar expandiendo nuestros ofertas de blogs y les agradecemos el que nos hayan leído y compartido durante estos años.  Hemos convertido a Greenversations en uno de los blogs gubernamentales más robustos e innovadores. ¡Favor de ayudarnos a cuidar de estos nuevos retoños y esperamos verlos en nuestro jardín!

Acerca de la autora: Kelly Dulka trabaja en la Oficina de Comunicaciones de la Red en las Oficinas Centrales de EPA en Washington, DC.

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Spring Is A Time For Planting…Even Greenversations

The Greenversations blog launched on Earth Day in 2008.  Since then, we’ve shared 1,500 posts in 70 different categories and read almost 48,000 comments from people like you.  As one of the past Greenversations managers, I’ve looked forward to hearing from many of our regular readers and could even tell which posts would evoke much interaction. I also know that many of our series (like Science Wednesday and the bilingual series authored by Lina Younes) had a following all their own.

So, after much thought and hard work we’ve decided to take “clippings” of this successful blog, plant them, and ask that you feed and care for them by reading and contributing to the conversations taking place.  At the same time, we thought we’d freshen up the look, bring all of our blogs into the same design, and create a page where you can find everything in one place.

Greenversations is now officially the name of EPA’s family of blogs and discussion forums. You’ll notice some new features on all of our blogs.  For example, we’ve made it easier to share posts on Facebook, Twitter, and by e-mail, and in other ways.  You can also subscribe to each blog by e-mail, as well as to the entire Greenversations blog family on Twitter.

I encourage you to take some time to explore all of our blogs, and read and interact with other readers.
What you’ve known as Greenversations since 2008 is now “It’s Our Environment,” and we’ll continue sharing thoughts from EPA employees all over the country. Our existing blogs also now feature the new design:

And now we’re launching new blogs:

We’re excited to continue expanding our blog offerings, so thanks for reading along and sharing over the years! You’ve made Greenversations one of the most robust and groundbreaking government blogs. Please feed and care for these new seedlings, and we’ll see you in the garden!

About the author: Kelly Dulka works in the Office of Web Communications at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Science Wednesday: Want more? Get Science Matters!

Each week we write about the science behind environmental protection. Previous Science Wednesdays.

By Aaron Ferster

Last year, we shared 64 separate blog posts on “Science Wednesday.”

Topics ranged from green chemistry and sustainability (11 posts), to biodiversity’s links to human health (3 posts), clean air science (20 posts, including several about Air Science 40 activities marking four decades of scientific achievements supporting the Clean Air Act), the U.S.A. Science & Engineering Festival (5 posts), and a host of other subjects too numerous to fit into a single blog post.

A special thanks to all our readers and commenters, who joined the science “Greenversation” to the tune of some 378 comments.
The award for the Science Wednesday blogger who generated the most comments goes to EPA scientist Jeff Morris, the National Program Director for Nanotechnology in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Jeff’s February 10 post, Sheep, Goats, and Nanoparticles, not only provided a unique insight into nanotechnology research, but did so in a way that clearly sparked interest.

2011 promises to be another great year of sharing our science. Already in the works are regular Science Wednesday posts on green chemistry to help celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, and updates from the National Research Council’s efforts to help the Agency incorporate sustainability into all our programs. Stay tuned!

By now you’ve noticed that we shared more “Science Wednesday” posts than there were Wednesdays in 2010. We had to turn a few regular Tuesdays and Thursdays into Science Wednesday to share late-breaking or topical science news. And we still have much more to say! That’s why I’d like to invite everyone to sign up for our newsletter, Science Matters.

The January-February issue includes stories on near-roadway air pollution research, a project by EPA researchers exploring the impact of rain barrels and rain gardens on stormwater runoff, efforts to develop high-tech methods to monitor insect-resistant corn crops—and more.

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Thanks again for joining the Greenversations.

About the Author: Aaron Ferster is the lead science writer in EPA’s Office of Research and Development and the editor or Science Wednesday.

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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