It’s time, once again, for World Environment Day (WED), a globally-celebrated day for positive environmental action. Established by the UN General Assembly in 1972, WED is celebrated annually on June 5th and inspires worldwide environmental awareness, attention, and action.
2015’s theme is “resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production in the context of the planet’s regenerative capacity, as captured in the slogan ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care’.”
There are countless resources from the Federal Government on the topics of environmental protection, conservation, sustainability, green initiatives, and footprint reduction, just to name a few.
The White House has pioneered many initiatives focused on energy, climate change, and our environment. You can read more about all these initiatives, get the latest news, and even sign up for energy and environment updates via email at https://www.whitehouse.gov/energy.
And let’s not forget the obvious authority on tackling these issues, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). From epa.gov, you can get important facts and information about a host of environmental issues, including: air, chemicals and toxics, climate change, emergencies, greener living, health and safety, land and cleanup, pesticides, waste, and water. Of course, you can also access laws and regulations that are in the works to support these issues. And with summer nearly here, you can also get sun safety tips and learn about insect repellents. You can even locate resources in your own community to address local environmental challenges by inputting an address, zip code, or location name.
USA.gov offers a browseable list of .gov resources on the topics of “environment, energy, and agriculture.” From there, you can also sign up to receive updates when there is new information available on these topics.
- Education for Environmental Sustainability from the ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
- Environment and Conservation: Wildfire Protection: Agreement between the United States of America and Mexico, Signed at Washington and Boquillas, April 8 and 10, 2015 from the U.S. Department of State
- Clean Water Rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Climate Change Impacts in the United States: U.S. National Climate Assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program
- NOAA’s Arctic Action Plan: Supporting the National Strategy for the Arctic Region from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Endangered Sea Turtles: Better Coordination, Data Collection, and Planning Could Improve Federal Protection and Recovery Efforts: Report to Congressional Requesters from the U.S. Government Accountability Office
GPO’s Federal Digital System also provides free access to countless pieces of legislation and Federal regulations on the topic. Here are just a few:
- Food for Thought: Sustainability from Counter to Compost: hearing before the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, House of Representatives
- Species Protection and Conservation of the Environment Act
- Potential impacts of proposed changes to the Clean Water Act jurisdictional rule: hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives
- Clean Estuaries Act of 2014
- Examining threats and protections for the polar bear: hearing before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate
- Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act
Take a look at our 19 collections of publications related to the topic of Environment and Nature.
There are U.S. Government publications on topics ranging from Environmental Protection and Conservation collection to Biofuels and Renewable Energy to Earth Day and more!
Celebrate World Environment Day by taking in all of the environmental information resources provided by the U.S. Government, and share this information with others.
HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?
Click on the Links: For the free resources, click on the links above in the blog post.
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- Shop our Environment and Nature collection
Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.
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Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.
About the author: Kelly Seifert is the Lead Planning Specialist in GPO’s Library Services & Content Management division.