EPA New England’s Curt Spalding Expands Environmental Conversation on Twitter

(Boston, Mass. – March 11, 2010) – Following the lead of President Obama’s directive to make government more open and accessible, EPA’s top official in New England, Curt Spalding, is using Twitter to expand the dialogue on environmental issues and to provide his personal, unique insight into how he and EPA are addressing challenges in the 21st Century.

Over the past several years, EPA has begun to use various Web 2.0 and social media tools, as the Agency attempts to engage more citizens in important environmental issues that affect peoples’ health and our communities.

EPA is using social media tools – blogs, Twitter, Flickr, etc. – because by expanding how we share information we greatly increase the potential for better understanding for all citizens about environmental conditions and solutions. Twitter lets users subscribe to receive brief updates or “tweets ” (a maximum 140 characters) from others whom they choose to “follow.” EPA tweets include various announcements and usually links to more information or photographs.

“I am very excited to join the ongoing conversation on Twitter. Please check in to let me know what topics to highlight,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “As I travel around New England, I will be letting people know what I issues I’m learning about.”

Curt Spalding’s Twitter feed is one of more than a dozen topics at EPA. Among other Twitter feeds, Curt follows EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s new Twitter account, launched last week.

– Follow http://www.twitter.com/curtspalding

– Follow http://www.twitter.com/EPAnewengland

– Follow http://www.twitter.com/lisapjackson

– Learn more about how  http://www.epa.gov/epahome/socialmedia.html