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Earth Day Nature Selfies Photo Project: Go outside and take a #natureselfie!

EPA and The Nature Conservancy are partnering on a photo project during April. We encourage everyone to show their love of nature by taking their very own #natureselfie photo!

It’s easy to do:

  • Go out to a nearby park or garden and take a picture of your favorite tree, flower, or other blooming plant.
  • Contribute to our collaborative photo album by uploading your picture to the “Earth Day NatureSelfies” Group on Flickr. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
  • Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #natureselfie. If you can include the location in your photo caption or tweet, that would be great.
  • Make your #natureselfie your profile picture for the week to share your support for protecting the planet.

Be part of this fun activity and encourage your friends and family to participate. We will be sharing our favorite pictures on Facebook and Twitter.

The goal of this project is to get people outside on Earth Day to connect with nature and share your love for our beautiful planet. Our plan is to have this project continue in future years where participants can return to the same tree, flower or blooming plant a year later and take another photo of it. Changes in blooming patterns could be examined and may have a connection to climate change.

Related Links:
The Nature Conservancy Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer - Our partner on the Earth Day Nature Selfies Photo Project
EPA’s Leaf and Bloom Dates Indicator - Examines the timing of leaf growth and flower blooms for selected plants in the United States
Climate Change - Visit EPA's page for more information

Stan Meiburg, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4

Georgia Ports Authority Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

On Friday, January 17, 2014 EPA awarded The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) with the Leadership Award for Environmental Stewardship on behalf of the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Community (SEDC). For its ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions, GPA was also awarded a $600,000 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant.

Made up of federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector and other partners, the SEDC made improving air quality and public health through the reduction of diesel emissions from existing engines and equipment in the agriculture, heavy construction, and on-road sectors the group’s goal. Using a mix of innovation and grant monies, GPA installed four electric rubber tire gantry cranes, automatic equipment stop/start units on 11 legacy switch locomotives, and installed an automatic gate system to reduce truck congestion and improve efficiency.

By 2022, the Georgia Ports authority plans to replace all 169 diesel powered cranes with electric powered cranes, a first in North America. Approximately 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 3,347 tons of diesel emissions are expected to be reduced each year at the Savannah ports when the projects are completed.

“We are pleased to see peer recognition of superior corporate stewardship by organizations that are improving air quality in the region,” said Stan Meiburg, Deputy Regional Administrator for EPA’s Southeast region. “Your strategies have involved operations throughout the port, and show both a strong commitment by the Georgia Ports Authority to the environment and your desire as a leading U.S. port to use best practices that increase efficiency and save time and money.”

The Diesel Emission Reduction Act allows EPA to make available grant monies to public and private entities for diesel emission reduction projects that replace aging diesel engines, exhaust controls, and/or construction equipment. GPA plans to use the grant awarded to them this year to replace aging dray trucks with newer models that have engines that meet or exceed 2007 EPA emissions certified engine standards.

GPA has received individual awards in 2008, 2010 and 2011 totaling $3 million in federal assistance from the National Funding Assistance Program. Those funds were used to retrofit 133 cargo handling equipment units, install diesel oxidation catalysts and closed crankcase ventilation on 47 marine engines, and electrify 17 port rubber gantry cranes.

EPA and Chilean Environmental Agency Meet to Strengthen Partnership

Stan Meiburg, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4 welcomes a nine member delegation from the Chilean Government for an exchange of information on the implementation of compliance and enforcement programs.

A nine member delegation from the Chilean Government arrived in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, February 10, 2014, to meet with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Juan Carlos Monckeberg, Superintendent of the Environment (El Superintendente del Medio Ambiente), and eight professionals from the Division of Taxation and the Department of Standardization and Accreditation are meeting with EPA managers and inspectors to observe firsthand how the Agency implements its compliance and enforcement programs in the U.S.  As part of the Free Trade Agreement with Chile, EPA is providing support in the form of compliance and enforcement training.

“As a global partner in trade and the environment under the Free Trade Agreement signed in 2004, Chile is a priority country for U.S. environmental cooperation,” said Stan Meiburg, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4.  “This is really a great opportunity for collaboration.  We’ve worked together on a number of projects including a risk assessment for mining, a workshop on curriculum development for environmental education, and especially proud of the work we did together on a pediatric environmental health specialty unit.”

Activities scheduled during the visit include a trip to the EPA Laboratory in Athens, Georgia and an EPA-led mock inspection. The Chilean contingent is expected to share their experiences, and the inspection results obtained over the past year.  “It is really important that you were able to visit us as a part of this partnership,” Meiburg added.  “Assuredly, we are hoping to learn as much from you as you are from us”.


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