Charting EPA’s Direction

Last December, I reached out to you, our readers, to ask you to tell us what you thought of our draft strategic plan for the years 2014 through 2018. EPA received nearly 25,000 comments from individuals, communities, states, and tribes interested in our work to protect people’s health and the environment!

This week, we released our final FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. The plan outlines our goals to address climate change, prevent pollution, and protect public health and the environment by enforcing environmental laws. The plan also seeks to improve air quality, protect America’s water, ensure the safety of chemicals, and clean up communities while advancing sustainable development. Continue reading

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Honoring Our Veterans

On this Veterans Day, I want to express a deep gratitude to all of the many men and women, past and present, who have proudly defended this nation through their military service. I feel especially privileged to have met many of these fine public servants and veterans who currently work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

At the EPA, we have worked very hard to expand our hiring of veterans over the past six years.  In fact, we have doubled the number of veterans hired during that time. From September 2012 to September 2013, more than 15% of our new hires were veterans, of which more than 5% were disabled veterans. Agency-wide, almost 9% of our permanent employees are vets. We have been able to accomplish this by expanding our participation in job fairs, career information events and outreach at military bases.

Our experience tells us that veterans make great additions to any workforce. With skills in planning, leadership, mentoring, personnel and administrative operations, problem-solving, negotiation, advocacy, communication, and in a multitude of technical fields, veterans are a welcome addition to any team.

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Health and Wellness at Home and in the Workplace

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I just walked off the racquetball court and as I try to catch my breath, I can’t help but think about how much I enjoy and need this exercise. I have always been athletic, playing football and running track in high school. Throughout my life I made a conscious decision to make sure that I participate in individual or group exercises four or five times a week. Between playing basketball, racquetball and doing some aerobic exercises in my basement, I consider this physical activity to be essential for my health and wellness.

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