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April 21, 2010

DOE Marks Earth Day with New Online Resources for Clean Energy

The 40th anniversary of Earth Day arrives on April 22, and DOE is marking this momentous occasion with several new online features. The Web site for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) now includes an "Earth Day 2010" Web page that presents ideas for making every day Earth Day, with energy-saving tips provided through Web sites, a blog, and a widget. There's even an online poll asking how you'll celebrate Earth Day. That site also links to a special DOE Web page that features interactive animations on the current and future sources of electricity for the United States and on the ways to save energy and use renewable energy in your home and your community. For a limited time, this Web page is serving as the DOE home page. See the Earth Day 2010 Web page on the EERE Web site and the interactive animations on the DOE Web site.

President Obama joined the movement with his own call for people throughout the United States to participate in Earth Day activities. "As we continue to tackle our environmental challenges, it's clear that change won't come from Washington alone," said the president in an online video, "it will come from Americans across the country who take steps in their own homes and their own communities to make that change happen. That's why, as we get ready to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I want to leave you with a challenge: I want you to take action in your home or your community, at your school or your business, to improve our environment. It can be as simple as riding the bus or the subway to work, making your home more energy efficient, or organizing your neighbors to clean up a nearby park." The president also asked Americans to share their stories about how they are improving the environment. See the president's video, find ways to get involved, and share your stories on the White House Earth Day Web page.