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EPA Marks Pollution Prevention Week with Emphasis on Reducing Carbon Pollution

This week marks Pollution Prevention Week (Image courtesy sanjoseca.gov) This week marks Pollution Prevention Week (Image courtesy sanjoseca.gov)

This week marks Pollution Prevention Week… with the goal to prevent or reduce pollution at the source.

This year's pollution prevention week comes just three months after President Obama's speech at Georgetown University where he outlined his Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution that causes climate change.

In addition to the Climate Action Plan… which outlines a number of common sense steps the administration is taking to reduce carbon pollution like increasing renewable energy and fuel efficiency… there are also a number of steps Americans can take to reduce carbon pollution according to the EPA:

  1. Save energy and money: Look for the Energy Star label to find energy efficient electronics and appliances... which can save up to $400 a year per household on energy bills and reduce carbon pollution from power generation. http://www.energystar.gov/

 

  1. Find a fuel efficient car — Public transit or biking to your destination makes the most sense for the environment and your pocketbook... but the EPA Green Vehicle Guide can help you choose a more fuel efficient car and reduce air pollution from emissions and save money at the gas pump. The program also certifies fleet vehicles for commercial use http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/Index.do, http://www.epa.gov/smartway 

Pollution prevention week focuses on other ways to protect the environment as well. In addition to reducing carbon pollution, Americans can reduce pollution by:

  1. Saving water: Look for the WaterSense label to find water efficient products, which can save over 5,000 gallons of water per year per household and keep water supplies at safe levels. Lower water levels can contribute to higher concentrations of natural and human pollutants. http://www.epa.gov/watersense

 

  1. 4. Picking safer products: Look for EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Label on more than 2,500 products for home and industrial use. Choosing DfE-labeled products can prevent 40 pounds of potentially harmful chemicals from being released into a home and the environment. http://www.epa.gov/dfe

 

  1. Using pesticides properly:  If you need to manage pests in your home or garden... be PestWise– you'll reduce risk to health and the environment from chemicals and save money with informed strategies. http://www.epa.gov/pestwise/live/index.html

 

  1. Helping green the playing field — EPA just launched a new Green Sports Resource Directory to help teams, leagues, facilities and fans green the sports community. Visit the site to learn if your team is going green and check back often— the page will continually be updated with new stats... environmental victories and information. http://www2.epa.gov/green-sports

By being aware of how we generate pollution in our daily lives and taking steps to reduce impacts – by making greener product choices... and adopting commonsense and cents-saving measures— we can each reduce our environmental footprints and collectively improve the health of our communities and country. 

More on pollution prevention, P2 Week, and EPA's P2 programs: http://www2.epa.gov/p2week

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