It’s World Environment Day – check out your environment online

Date released: Jun 05 2009

On World Environment Day the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages everyone to become more familiar with your own environment from the comfort of your computer.

ENVision – the EPA mapping website – receives an average of 5,000 visits a month. ENVision works like Google Earth, but with a “green view” instead of a “street view”, and shows you information about the quality of your local environment.

By adding ENVision to your favourite lists in your web browser you can access the locations of cleaner, greener hotels and even check the information on water quality in your local lakes and rivers, soil types under your feet and quality of the air around you.

Speaking about ENVision Matt Crowe, Programme Manager, EPA said:

“Providing access to data about the environment is a key part of making everyone aware of the quality of their own environment, and increasing awareness about potential threats to the environment. The EPA has an important role as a data provider, and tools like ENVision show how committed we are, not only to providing this data, but also to making it as accessible as possible.”

ENVision can be accessed on the EPA website

Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)