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GO GREEN!
EPA News You Can Use - June 2015
http://www.epa.gov/gogreen

IN THIS ISSUE:
Enviro-Tip of the Month
What You Can Do, What You Can Use
Social Media, Multimedia, and More
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
About This Newsletter

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ENVIRO-TIP OF THE MONTH

Prepare for disaster before it strikes. This is the beginning of hurricane season in the US. Individuals, communities, and businesses can plan ahead for safety, shortages, and storm cleanup.
http://www.epa.gov/naturaldisasters/hurricanes

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WHAT YOU CAN DO, WHAT YOU CAN USE

Don't Fry - Any Day. The start of the summer season is a reminder to practice sun safety and avoid overexposure to the sun's harmful UV rays. If you are going to the beach, working around the yard, or just playing outdoors, use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, cover up, and seek shade. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is the most common cancer among young adults aged 15-29. The Friday before Memorial Day is Don't Fry Day.
 -What you can do: http://www2.epa.gov/sunwise/action-steps-sun-safety
  video: Dear 16-Year-Old Me. People talk about how melanoma skin cancer has affected their lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4jgUcxMezM

Communities:

 -New Communities Site. EPA's new Community Resources website provides access to resources that span the range of local concerns -- from environmental regulatory compliance to economic revitalization to public health and environmental justice. The site was designed with input from local, state, and federal partners.
http://go.usa.gov/389jw
Blog post about community online resources: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2015/05/new-online-resources-available-for-local-leaders-and-community-members/

 -Communities & Climate Change. A new online training helps community leaders understand and plan for climate change impacts. The training includes successful examples of effective resilience strategies, explains how climate change may affect environmental and public health services, and links federal and state resources.
http://go.usa.gov/389qP
  Blog post about climate change and communities: http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2015/04/preparing-communities-for-the-impacts-of-climate-change

Learn to Prevent Asthma Attacks. Take steps to reduce or avoid asthma attacks, such as identifying asthma triggers or checking the air quality where you are. One in 10 kids in America suffers from asthma, and communities of color and low-income families are disproportionately affected.
http://go.usa.gov/388th
Check your air quality: http://airnow.gov

Reducing Marine Debris. A new toolkit is designed to help college campuses and other institutions cut plastic waste to help reduce marine debris and coastal pollution. The toolkit offers users a plastic footprint calculator, source reduction plans, ideas for alternate purchasing practices, successful examples from other institutions, and more.
http://go.usa.gov/389gw

Don't Get Bitten. Learn ways to control mosquitos, for example, draining water where mosquitos breed, or using pesticides safely. June is Mosquito Control Month.
http://www2.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol

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SOCIAL MEDIA, MULTIMEDIA, AND MORE

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Clean Water blog posts:

-Reasons We Need the Clean Water Rule.
 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2015/05/reasons-we-need-the-clean-water-rule/

-Protecting Clean Water While Respecting Agriculture
 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2015/05/protecting-clean-water-while-respecting-agriculture/

-Protecting Regional Waters
 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2015/05/protecting-regional-waters/


VIDEOS - MAY RELEASES

Clean Water - We need clean water upstream to have healthy communities downstream. One in three Americans currently get drinking water from sources lacking clear protection from pollution. The Clean Water Rule protects streams and wetlands that are the foundation of our nation's water resources.

 -Clear Protection for Clean Water. Learn how the Clean Water Rule protects critical streams and wetlands vulnerable to pollution and destruction.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFyf0XseWrI

 -Clean Water is Ours to Protect. Protecting water to grow our food, supply our drinking water, enjoy for recreation, and create a habitat for wildlife.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMoGu8ePMio

Old Rails to Green Trails: EPA Helps Lawrence MA Plan a Promising Future. Improvements and community outcomes for citizens in underserved communities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPcc9XgDEjU

Newburyport, Massachusetts Residents Rise to Composting Challenge. Three households reducing their food waste.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufIHTfaZSZ4

Science safeguards drinking water from harmful algal blooms. EPA researchers helping water treatment facilities keep your drinking water safe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18wFyybikIY

La educación ambiental para una mejor escuela, una comunidad mejor y un mundo mejor. Estudiantes están aprendiendo a cómo enseñar a sus compañeros y su comunidad a convertir cada día en el Día del Planeta Tierra.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uhgDNtTMOw

Watch more EPA videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

JUNE

Month

American Rivers Month
Perennial Gardening Month

Week

June 21-27 National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Day

1 Start of Hurricane Season
5 World Environment Day (UNEP)
8 World Oceans Day

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