· Clean Energy Solutions (DoS EJournal, July 2006) CD
· Challenges to Energy Security (DoS EJournal, May 2004) CD
· Council on Environmental Quality (White House)
· Department of Commerce - Environmental Technologies
· Department of Energy - Energy Information Administration
· Department of Justice - Environment and Natural Resources Division
· Earth Day 2006 (State Department)
· Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
· Environmental Protection Agency: Global Warming
· Global Issues: Environment (Department of State)
· National Renewable Energy Laboratory
· White House - Policy in Focus: Energy
· White House - Policies in Focus: Environment
· Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for FY 2006 CD
· Annual Energy Outlook 2006 CD
· Protecting the Environment: 30 Years of U.S. Progress (State Department E-Journal) CD
· Climate Change Review (White House)
· Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports on Climate Change
· Global Climate Change Briefing Book (CRS)
· National Energy Policy (White House)
· Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2006 (Department of Energy)
· Environment Statistics (California State University)
· Statistical Abstract 2008: Agriculture
· Statistical Abstract 2008: Energy
· Statistical Abstract 2008: Natural Resources
· PBS American Field Guide: Inspiration to Explore (Videoclips)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 by President Nixon. It was created to permit coordinated and effective governmental action on behalf of the environment. Its mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment - air, water, and land - under the laws enacted by Congress. EPA's purpose is to ensure that: all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work.
National efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information. Environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies on natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy. All parts of society have access to accurate information in order to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks. Environmental protection contributes to making American communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive.
Environmental technology, one of the fastest growing industry sectors worldwide, has evolved in response to growing concerns about the risks and costs of pollution and the enactment of pollution control legislation in the United States and around the world. It advances sustainable development by reducing risk, enhancing cost-effectiveness, and creating products and processes that are not environmentally harmful.
Environmental technology is comprised of four major categories: 1) monitoring and assessment, or technologies used to establish and monitor the condition of the environment; 2) pollution avoidance, or equipment and processes used to prevent or minimize the generation of pollutants; 3) pollution control, or technologies that render hazardous substances harmless before they enter the environment; and, 4) remediation and restoration, or technologies used to render hazardous substances harmless.
· Environmental Education Center - Teachers (EPA)
· Land and People: Find a Balance (U.S. Geologic Survey)
· PBS American Field Guide: Teacher Resources
· Pollution Solutions - Lesson Plan (DiscoverySchool.com)
· Water, Water Everywhere? Lesson Plan (DiscoverySchool.com)
· Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
· EarthDay.gov - Portal for U.S. Government Events & Information
· Earth Trends: The Environmental Information Portal
· Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
· Environmental Impact Analysis Data Links
· Environmental Resources (EnviroLink)
· Renewable Resource Data Center
· WWW Virtual Library - Global Environment
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CD: These documents are available in fulltext format on the About the USA CD-ROM. Teachers: Request a copy for classroom use.
L: Selected documents are available in German as well as other languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Persian and Turkish.
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Updated: May 2008