In celebration of Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency has been holding events to highlight health and environmental issues around the country
Today, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will visit the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to learn about its innovative sustainability efforts, while yesterday she joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to highlight green infrastructure and the Big Green Block initiative.
Here’s a list of some other events preceding Earth Day:
- April 16-17: EPA held an event at the National Mall where Americans gathered to learn how to protect their health and environment. The agency showcased more than 40 interactive exhibits where kids and adults had eco-fun with hands on activities, art, music and storytelling with San Diego Charger Marcus McNeill, Minnesota Viking Madieu Williams and Olympic track-star Michael Walton.
- April 18: Jackson announced the formation of EPA’s Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships initiative. Strong relationships with faith and neighborhood organizations will help promote environmental stewardship that will lead to cleaner communities, encourage healthier families and build a stronger America.
- April 19: Jackson and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with farmers and ranchers in Iowa to discuss EPA and USDA’s joint efforts to ensure that American agriculture continues to be productive. Agriculture is part of the foundation of the American economy. EPA’s mission to safeguard clean air, clear water and productive land is a critical part of sustaining farming jobs and productivity.
- April 20: Jackson traveled to New Orleans to tour a wetlands restoration project on the Mississippi/Louisiana shore line on the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill. She later joined a group of community members for a tour of a successful marsh restoration project at Bayou Dupont. Also, EPA awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to gulf region organizations that are helping educate residents about health and environmental concerns following the spill.