Site Name and Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency protects public health and the environment in a variety of ways, but one of the most important ways is through the development of regulations. EPA regulations cover a range on environmental and public health protection issues, from setting standards for clean water and establishing requirements for proper handling and reductions of toxic wastes to controlling air pollution from industry and other sources. Each year, the Agency develops a considerable number of rules which address highly technical, scientific, and complex environmental problems.

URL: http://www.epa.gov/

Type: Government

Design Overview:

This website’s design is easy to navigate and simple. In the top right corner, there are options to change the language as well as the standard search bar. The website follows a three column template: visitors can find general environmental information by clicking on a specific state of the US map, the center column has “Popular Topics” links, and the right column links to the EPA’s social media accounts and blogs. This site does not rely heavily on images.

Audience: Older demographic who are interested in conservation, government policies, science, technology. The first link on the front page is “October is Children’s Health Month,” so perhaps parents.

Agency/Site Goals:

EPA’s goals is to ensure that:

  • all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;
  • national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;
  • federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
  • environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
  • all parts of society — communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments — have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
  • environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive;
  • the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

The website’s goal is to assist people in find resources pertaining to:

  • the history of environmental statues and regulations
  • disasters and emergencies
  • other environmental topics of historical interest like DDT, Earth Day, and noise pollution

Social Media Integration:

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Flickr

Technologies Used: HTML, CSS with RSS feeds

Team Members: Ian Olson and Jake Stout

Reviews: none found

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