Social Media

Social Media at EPA

"Social media" refers to web-based and mobile technologies that people use to share information and ideas online.

These technologies let people create and share content in innovative and interesting ways. Social media offers many exciting possibilities for government agencies to communicate and collaborate with the public. It allows people to share new ways to use information that offer new insights or ways to solve problems.

EPA is using social media technologies and tools in the firm belief that by sharing and experimenting with information we greatly increase the potential for everyone to gain a better understanding of environmental conditions and solutions. But at the same time, we also make every effort to proceed deliberately, for example, to observe any requirements related to federal activities such as transparency, public process, or privacy. EPA doesn't endorse any particular social media site or technique. EPA comment policy for social media.

On this page:

Many of the following links exit the site Exit Please see EPA's third-party web site disclaimer for more information.


Twitter lets users subscribe to receive brief updates or "tweets " (a maximum 140 characters) from others whom they choose to "follow." EPA tweets include news, links, and tips. General information about Twitter


  • EPA - our main account (note: we simplified our main account name to just
  • GinaEPA - from the EPA Administrator
  • EPAespanol - en español
  • EPAblog - blog posts from EPA
  • EPAlive - live tweeting
  • EPAjobs - job announcements
  • EPAwater - water news, activities, opportunities and resources
  • AIRNow - provides easy access to national air quality information
  • EPAresearch - research and development
  • Energy Star - save energy and protect the environment
  • EnergyStarHomes - lower utility bills, greater comfort, enhanced durability while protecting the environment
  • EnergyStarBldgs - help make our buildings more energy efficient
  • EPAWaterSense - water-efficient products and services
  • EPAiaplus - Indoor airPLUS helps builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality
  • EPAairmarkets - clean air markets include various market-based regulatory programs designed to improve air quality
  • EPAsmartgrowth - SmarthGrowth communities
  • EPAgreenbldg - Green Building tips, guidance, and news
  • EPAburnwise - emphasizes burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and air
  • EPACleanUpTech - providing information about innovative treatment and site characterization technologies to the hazardous waste remediation community
  • EPAgreenchill - information and news from EPA’s GreenChill Partnership which helps food retailers reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease the industry's impact on the ozone layer and climate change
  • EPAclimatectr - information and news from EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership which helps organizations looking to expand their work in GHG measurement and management
  • EPAallnations - information and news from EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs
  • EPAjustice - information and news from EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  • EPAland - information and news from EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response


  • EPAnewengland - related to CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, and 10 Tribal Nations
  • EPAregion2 - related to NJ, NY, PR, VI, and 8 Tribal Nations
  • EPAregion3 - related to DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, and WV
  • EPASoutheast - related to AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, and 6 Tribal Nations
  • CameronDavisEPA - senior advisor to EPA Administrator
  • EPAGreatLakes - related to IL, IN, MI, MO, OH, WI, and 35 Tribal Nations
  • EPAregion6 - related to AR, LA, NM, OK, TX, and 66 Tribal Nations
  • EPAregion7 - related to IA, KS, MI, NE, and 9 Tribal Nations
  • EPAregion8 - related to CO, MT, ND, SD, UT,and the Tribal Nations
  • EPAregion9 - related to CA, AZ, NV, HI, Pacific, and 147 Tribal Nations
  • EPAnorthwest - related to AK, ID, OR, WA, and 271 Tribal Nations
  • EPAcolumbia - from Columbia River Coordinator

Top of Page


Facebook lets users create their own sets of "friends" with whom they can share brief updates, photos, links, or other information. Similarly, EPA's Facebook page offers users a place to follow EPA updates and share information. General information about Facebook



Top of Page

Blogs and Discussion Forums

EPA began blogging in 2007 and continues to use blogs and discussion forums to expand the conversation about environmental protection.


Discussion Forums:

  • Data in Action – a place to discuss using the Toxics Release Inventory
  • Data Finder Forum - a place for people to comment on Data Finder, a single place to find EPA's data sources

Closed Forums, Available as Read-Only:

Top of Page


YouTube lets users post videos to share with others. EPA's YouTube channel has videos about environmental tips and information. General information about YouTube | RELATED: EPA Multimedia

Top of Page


Flickr lets users manage, store, and share photos or join groups to share photos with a common theme or purpose. EPA has used Flickr to invite users to share photos. For examples see our Earth Day photo projects web page. General information about Flickr


Google+ is a social network that allows you to connect with friends and organizations and share updates, photos, links, and other information. Google+ allows you to organize your friends and the pages you follow into circles (or groups). EPA uses Google+ to share updates and share information. General information about Google+.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -  EPA’s page on Google+

Top of Page


Instagram is a photo and video sharing social network that allows users to take photos and videos, apply digital filters, and share with their friends. EPA uses Instagram to share photos of our work.

EPA's feed on Instagram

Top of Page


We're trying a new tool called Thunderclap. It's a way that you can help us get the word out about events, special alerts, tips or other special messages. You help by allowing us to send a message to your social media followers through Thunderclap.

How does Thunderclap work? When you sign up in Thunderclap, you let the Thunderclap system post our message to your Twitter, FB, or Tumblr accounts. It's like a virtual flash mob - the messages will go out on everyone's walls and feeds at the same time. Note that you're only agreeing to each message at a time, not to all our future thunderclaps. General information about Thunderclap. Exit

Top of Page


Foursquare is a location-based social network. The application allows users to "check-in" at different locations using a mobile device (such as a smart phone). EPA uses Foursquare to leave tips about the environment at locations in the United States and around the world. General information about Foursquare.

  • EPAgov - EPA's page on Foursquare

Top of Page


gadget or a widget is a small piece of web programming code that makes something interesting appear on your blog, wiki, or web page. More about EPA widgets | General information about widgets

Top of Page is a government website that encourages people to collaborate and come up with solutions to ongoing national issues. Recognition or rewards are given to the person or people who generate the best ideas. EPA lists challenges on the site. General information about

Top of Page


A wiki is a website where users can add, modify, and delete content. EPA uses wikis to collaborate with the public on a variety of different projects. General information about wikis

  • Watershed Central Wiki - where you can share tools, case studies, data sets, and any other watershed related resource you have found invaluable

Top of Page


A podcast is an audio recording, usually on one particular topic, ranging anywhere from several minutes to an half-hour or more. EPA provides podcasts and audio files (and transcripts) of useful or engaging information as a way to help the public understand and share information. More about EPA podcasts | General information about podcasts

Top of Page

RSS Feeds

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's an easy way for users to have news and information updated on their own web sites or other device, instead of just linking to that information. Such information delivered this way is called a "feed." EPA provides RSS feeds for its news releases. More about EPA news feeds | General information about RSS feeds

Top of Page