Web Standard: Where You Live Pages

Note: This standard is being updated by workgroup working on presenting local information.  Until that work is complete, this is the standard. 


Every Web area that provides information more localized than the national level must include a page with links to information by region, state or some other relevant area. This information is typically, but not necessarily, owned by EPA Regional offices.

Content Requirements

  • The page name is "Where You Live"
  • The microsite sidebar must link to this page (follow the sidebar standard).
  • Normally, the Where You Live page does not include content.
  • The level of the information (state or Regional) must be made clear in introductory language on the page before the links to localized information.
  • Under normal circumstances, the page must offer the standard US map and image map code to link to localized information. The page may also offer an alphabetized list of states in either an HTML form or as a list of text links.
    • If information is available at the state level, each state must link to information about that state.
    • If information is available at the EPA Regional level, each state must link to the appropriate Regional page.
    • If information is available at both levels, then states on the map and text list must link to state information. On the map, the circular icons representing each Region must link to the appropriate Regional page.
    • When information is not available for a particular state or Region, those areas must be grayed out on the map and omitted from the state list. Introductory text must explain that no information is available for grayed-out areas on the map.
  • In special cases, customized maps may be created. See the waiver section.
  • If there is no specific information available below the national level, provide Regional contacts if possible. In such cases, the national program and the Regions must decide whether to provide contact information directly on the Where You Live page or on Regional pages; it is recommended, but not required, that the same system be used for all Regions.
  • If there is truly no Regional information, the Where You Live page may be omitted.


See: How to Build Standard U.S. National Maps

About this Standard

Effective date: 01/01/2004

Date approved: 09/12/2012
Web Council review by: 09/02/2014 (or earlier if deemed necessary by the Web Council)