The first Blog Action Day, and the Superfund365 project

Blog Action Day 2007I’m almost too late, but I just discovered that today was the first ever Blog Action Day. This year’s subject is the environment:

“On October 15th – Blog Action Day, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind … In its inaugural year, Blog Action Day will be co-ordinating bloggers to tackle the issue of the environment.”

So in the spirit of this event, here is something from my reading list that has been burning a hole in my drafts pile. It’s the Superfund365 project:

Superfund365, A Site-A-Day, is an online data visualization application with an accompanying RSS-feed and email alert system. Each day for a year, starting on September 1, 2007, Superfund365 will visit one toxic site currently active in the Superfund program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We begin the journey in the New York City area and work our way across the country, ending the year in Hawaii. (We will need a beach vacation by then!) In the end, the archive will consist of 365 visualizations of some of the worst toxic sites in the U.S., roughly a quarter of the total number on the Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL).

What a great way to raise awareness about places that seem to be in nobody’s back yard.

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Green Galoshes is a weblog written by Justin D. Henry. This entry was published on or around October 15, 2007.

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