Public Service Announcements
EPA produces public service announcements (PSAs) and materials including television and radio announcements or print materials. These materials are available at no cost for use by all media. Contact and/or ordering information is provided for outlets seeking further information.
PSAs from other government agencies, from usagov.gov
Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening respiratory disease that affects the quality of life for millions of Americans. EPA has available a series of television, radio, and print media PSAs educating people about management of environmental asthma triggers. The PSA’s are available in English and Spanish. There are also two PSAs to let tribal members know that there is information available about actions they can take environmental to control asthma triggers. Those are available in Navajo, Lakota, and Anishineaabe.
Asthma Can Be Tackled: Chris Draft, Former NFL Linebacker
Burn Wise Campaign
Burn Wise is an educational campaign that encourages people who heat their home with wood to burn only dry, seasoned firewood or wood pellets and includes messages about cost savings, improved safety and health benefits. To help raise awareness, EPA has several PSAs that show how to maximize energy efficiency, burn less wood, reduce smoke and pollute less.
"Change a Light, Change the World" Campaign
The Energy Star "Change a Light, Change the World" is a national call-to-action to encourage individuals and organizations to help save energy and protect the environment through energy-efficient lighting.
PSAs in English | en español
Fuel Economy and Climate Change
EPA and the National Highway Safety Administration unveiled the most dramatic overhaul to fuel economy labels since the labels were introduced 35 years ago. As the new labels appear in showrooms and online, shoppers will find more information at their fingertips than ever before. The redesigned label will provide the public with new information on vehicle fuel economy, energy use, fuel costs, and environmental impacts. In addition to the label being shown on every model year 2013 vehicle and beyond, these PSAs are available in print and audio/video formats.
Car Label PSAs
Driving vehicles releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributes to climate change. Learn more about emissions standards for heavy trucks and buses, large pick-ups, delivery trucks, recreational vehicles (RVs), and semi trucks help fight climates change.
Video: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles
The U.S. Surgeon General notes that almost 21,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year. EPA has available a series of television, radio, and print PSAs educating people about reducing radon exposure. Web-banners and ring tones for some of the PSAs are available. The PSAs are available in English and Spanish.
School Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality refers to air pollution mainly within but also around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common air pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.
Video: EPA's School Indoor Air Quality Assessment Mobile App
SmartWay's Freight Transportation Campaign
SmartWay encourages consumers to look for the EPA-certified SmartWay Certification mark on cars and trucks to identify the cleanest and most fuel efficient vehicles available. These PSAs are available in print and audio/video formats. SmartWay is a public and private collaboration between EPA and the freight transportation industry helping freight shippers, carriers, and logistics companies improve fuel-efficiency and save money.
EPA SmartWay: Anyway you ship it. Move it the SmartWay.
SmartWay Marketing and Outreach Tools
Cockroaches and other pests
To keep pests out of the home, you must eliminate their availability to food, water, warmth and shelter. The presence of cockroaches in the home can trigger asthma attacks, which disproportionately affects Hispanic children. This PSA outlines precautions that help protect homes from cockroach infestations. (más en español)
Bugs need what we need - food, water, shelter. Starve them out, keep them out, dry them out!
Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Campaign
EPA created informational public service announcement (PSA) radio ads, entitled "Dreams," to encourage parents to hire lead-safe certified renovators. Audio files and transcripts are available in both English and Spanish, in 15-second, 30-second and 60-second versions.
PSA Radio Ads Transcripts Targeted at Parents and Consumers
Finding cleaning and other products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be easy. Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance.
Video: Household cleaners: Look for the Safer Choice label
Videos: Safer Choice Labeled Products in Action:
Washing the Car
Cleaning a School Desk
Mopping a School Floor
Cleaning the Grill
Cleaning the Kitchen Counter
Mopping the Floor
Reducing Pollution to Protect Communities
Brief overview of the importance of the information collected under EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory, or TRI, program, created as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
Video: The Power of Community Right-to-Know
Actress Karyn Parsons talks about the steps you can take to help protect communities by reducing pollution.
Prevent Pollution: Karyn Parsons PSA
These PSAs and outreach materials include: properly storing pesticides to keep away from children (locked up and out of reach); Latin celebrity Willie Colón discussing illegal pesticides, safety for farmworker families on how to reduce pesticide residue in the home, information for Mixteco speaking farmworkers on protecting themselves from pesticide poisoning by reducing their exposure to pesticides; and information on total release foggers (also known as "bug bombs").
Pesticide Worker Safety PSAs
Pesticides Safety Precautions for Total Release Foggers
Learn how you can protect drinking water and wastewater utilities that provide this essential lifeline in communities. This public service announcement can be used by drinking water and wastewater utilities to help educate the public on the importance of water infrastructure.
Video: Water - What is it Worth To You?
Video: Be aware, Be prepared, Protect Critical Water Infrastructure
Extreme natural events such as hurricanes, floods, or blizzards can directly and indirectly harm people and the environment. In addition, individuals' or communities' response to natural disasters can cause further harm. The PSAs cover a number of health and safety topics such as flood water, mold, gas leaks, asbestos and lead, hazardous materials, and more.
Natural Disaster PSAs
see also Preparedness
Food Waste and Composting
Looking to reduce wasted food and save money? Get creative and shop your fridge and pantry before heading out to the store. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Video: Shop Your Fridge
Video: Score Big for the Environment With Composting
Video: Composting at Home Reduces Methane Releases
This series of radio and print ads were developed to encourage consumers to take advantage of consumer confidence reports and other information about their drinking water. The ads are available as print ads in a number of sizes and shapes, as 16" x 20" posters, or as 30 second radio ads. Also available in Spanish.
Safe Water PSAs
Nutrient pollution, which occurs from an excess of nitrogen and phosphorus in the environment, is a growing problem. This pollution impacts people's health, our environment, opportunities for recreation, and tourism. One video aims to build public awareness which is the first step in preventing and reducing nutrient pollution. The other video illustrates what can happen during a harmful algal bloom (HAB). The reenactment was designed to help raise awareness about the problem of nutrient pollution and its potential impacts on human health and the aquatic environment.
Nutrient Pollution PSA
The Choice is Yours: Clean or Green Water