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January 2010
National Radon Action Month
http://www.nsc.org/issues/radon/radonmonth.htm
  1 National Environment Policy Act (1969) passed
http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/basics/nepa.html
  2

President Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed       limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Maximum_Speed_Law

  11

Aldo Leopold Born (1887) author of A Sand County Almanac
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldo_Leopold

  17

Benjamin Franklin born (1706-1790)
http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/franklin.htm

  19

The Energy Research and Development Agency is created (1975)
http://www.er.doe.gov/about/History.htm

February 2010
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
http://www.wildbirdcenter.com/content/febnbfmonth

  2 World Wetlands Day
http://www.ramsar.org/cda/ramsar/display/main/main.jsp?zn=ramsar&cp=1-63-78_4000_0
  11 Thomas Edison born (1847-1931); great American inventor
http://www.thomasedison.com/biography.html
  12

Charles Darwin born (1809-1882); originator of the Theory of Evolution
http://www.aboutdarwin.com/

  13

Thomas Robert Malthus born (1976-1834); Father of Modern Physics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Malthus

  15

Galileo Galilei born (1564); “Father of Modern Physics”
http://galileo.rice.edu/bio/index.html  

  16

Kyoto Protocol in force (2005); international treaty on global warming
http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/2830.php

  19

Svante Arrhenius born (1859-1927); first to quantify how much the earth is warming due to carbon dioxide emissions in 1896
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1903/arrhenius-bio.html

  22 George Washington’s birthday (wrong on 2009 calendar)http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington/
  23

Woody Guthrie writes "This Land is your Land" (1940)
http://woodyguthrie.org/biography/lifetimeline.htm

  23

National Spay Day ( last Tuesday of February)
http://www.hsus.org

  25

Howard Clinton Zahniser born (1906) fathered Wilderness Act of 1964
http://www.pawild.org/zahniser.html


March 2010

  1 Yellowstone National Park established (1872); first national park
http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/anps/anps_1c.htm
  2 Theodore Seuss Geisel born (1904-1991); known as Dr.Seuss, author of The Lorax
http://www.seussville.com/seussentennial/resources1.html
  3

United States Geological Survey established (1879)
http://www.usgs.gov/aboutusgs/who_we_are/history.asp

  13

Donella Meadows (author of Limits to growth) is born (1941)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donella_Meadows

  14

Albert Einstein born (1879-1955); Theory of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics
http://nobelprize.org/physics/laureates/1921/einstein-bio.html

  14

National Pi Day
http://www.piday.org

  15

George Perkins Marsh born (1801-1882); author of Man and Nature
http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/chronob/MARS1801.htm

  16 Freedom of Information Day
http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/wo/washevents/freedomofinfo/freedominformation.cfm
  18

National Biodiesel Day
http://www.biodiesel.org/biodiesel_day/

  18 Companies that Care Day (3rd Thursday of March)
http://www.companies-that-care.org/l2_day.php
  20 International Earth Day (First Day of spring)
http://www.earthsite.org/
  20 National Agriculture Day (First Day of spring)
http://www.agday.org/
  21 World Forestry Day
http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/DSE/nrenfor.nsf/childdocs/-8E773CD126CA22704A256AA40000EDEE-034EBCC6B1670D984A256AA40011A9F8?open
  22 World Day for Water
http://www.worldwaterday.org/
  24

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (1989)
http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/valdez/02.htm

  27

Earth Hour
http://www.earthhour2010.com/

  28

Three Mile Island Incident (1979)
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/3mile-isle.html

April 2010
Keep America Beautiful Month
http://www.kab.org/
National Home and Garden Month
http://www.nationalgardenmonth.org/ or http://www.garden.org/

  2

Supreme Court Says EPA Can Regulate Greenhouse Gases (2007)
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/jan-june07/scotus_04-02.html

  7

World Health Day
http://www.who.int/world-health-day/

  19

National Hanging-Out Day
http://www.laundrylist.org/index.php/education/47-education/70-national-hanging-out-day

  20

Dr. Charles David Keeling born (1928-2005); developed the "Keeling Curve" to measure climate change/global warming
http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/globalchange/keeling_curve/01.html

  21

John Muir born (1838-1914); fathered National Parks
http://www.answers.com/topic/john-muir

  22 Earth Day
http://www.earthday.gov
  22

J. Sterling Morton born (1832-1903); founder of Arbor Day
http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0500/frameset_reset.html?http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0500/stories/0506_0100.html

  26

Chernobyl: Reactor 4 Explodes (1986)
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/chernobyl/inf07.htm

  26 John James Audubon born (1785-1851)
http://www.audubon.org/nas/jja.html
  30 Arbor Day (Last Friday in April)
http://www.arborday.org/arborday/

May 2010
American Wetlands Month
http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/awm/
Clean Air Month
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00036900.htm

  8-9

World Migratory Bird Day
http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/

  21

National Ride Your Bike to Work Day (3rd Friday of May)
http://www.bikemonth.org/

  21

Endangered Species Day
http://www.nwf.org/endangered/endangeredspeciesday.cfm

  22

International Day for Biological Diversity
http://www.un.org/ga/president/57/pages/speeches/statement030522-Biodiversity.htm

  27 Rachel Carson born (1907); author of ‘Silent Spring’
http://www.rachelcarson.org/Biography.aspx
  28

Sierra Club Founded (1892)
http://www.sierraclub.org/history/timeline.asp

  31

World No Tobacco Day
http://www.who.int/tobacco/en/

June 2010
Professional Wellness Month
http://www.wordsofwellness.com/Professional_Wellness.htm

  5

World Environment Day
http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/environment/

  5 National Trails Day (First Saturday every June)
http://www.americanhiking.org/NTD.aspx  
  12 Carbon Belch Day
http://www.carbonbelchday.com/109/pledge.asp?RID=&PID
  14

DDT banned in 48 US states (1972)
http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/ddt/01.htm

  15

Snail Darter wins "Tellico Dam vs. Snail Darter" (1977) first court case involving the Endangered Species Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snail_darter

  17

World Day to Combat Desertification
 http://www.unccd.int/   

  22

Cuyahoga River Fire (1969)
http://www.case.edu/news/2004/10-04/cuyahoga_fire.htm

  23
    James Hansen testifies to congress that Global Warming has arrived (1988)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hansen

July 2010
National Parks and Recreation Month
http://www.nrpa.org/content/default.aspx?documentId=2145

  1 David Brower born (1912-2000); environmentalist, wilderness advocate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_R._Brower
  4 Publication Katherine Lee Bates song "America the Beautiful" (1895)
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/americathebeautiful.html
  7 Stephen R. Ptacek flies first solar-powered aircraft across English Channel (1981)
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004537.html
  11 World Population Day
http://www.unfpa.org/wpd/
  12 Henry David Thoreau born (1817)
http://www.thoreausociety.org/default.htm
  12

R. Buckminster Fuller born (1895-1983); American visionary and inventor
http://www.bfi.org/our_programs/who_is_buckminster_fuller

  12 US Fish & Wildlife Service announced Bald Eagle Reclassified (1995)
http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/bald_eagle.php
  15

Jimmy Carter gives his famous “the moral equivalent of war” speech (1979)
http://peaksurfer.blogspot.com/2009/07/malaise-speech.html

  21

Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon (1969)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/july/21/newsid_2635000/2635845.stm

August 2010
National Water Quality Month
http://weather.weatherbug.com/weather-news/weather-reports.html?story=5259

  7 Love Canal declared a Federal Emergency (1978)
http://www.eoearth.org/article/Love_Canal,_New_York
  11

Gifford Pinchot born (1865-1946); conservation advocate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gifford_Pinchot  

  25

National Park Service is established (1916)
http://www.nps.gov/legacy/organic-act.htm

  27 Edwin Drake drills first oil in the U.S. well near Titusville, Pennsylvania (1859)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/drake_hi.html

September 2010
National Organic Harvest Month
http://www.ota.com/news/ohmcalendar.html

  1 Last Passenger Pigeon died (1914)
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/pet/martha.html
  3 Wilderness Act passed (1964)
http://laws.fws.gov/lawsdigest/wildrns.html
  3

Loren Eiseley born (1907)
http://www.eiseley.org/

  16

World Preservation of the Ozone Day
http://www.uneptie.org/Ozonaction/events/ozoneday/index.htm

  17 Park(ing) Day
http://www.rebargroup.org/projects/parkingday/index.html
  18

World Water Monitoring Day
http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/

  18

International Coastal Cleanup Day (3rd Saturday in Sept)
http://www.oceanconservancy.org/site/PageServer?pagename=icc_home  

  20 Upton Sinclair born (1878-1968); author of The Jungle
 http://www.ssa.gov/history/sinclair.html
  20-26

National Pollution Prevention Week (3rd full week in Sept, Mon-Sun) http://www.p2.org

  22 World Car Free Day
http://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/
  25 National Public Lands Day (Last Saturday in Sept)
http://www.publiclandsday.org/
  26 John Chapman born (1774-1845); known as Johnny Appleseed
http://www.swedenborg.org/jappleseed/history.html
  27 Publication and First Release of Silent Spring (1962)
http://www.rachelcarson.org/

October 2010
Energy Awareness Month
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=energy_awareness.bus_energy_awareness

  1 First Production of the Model T (1908)
http://www.hfmgv.org/exhibits/showroom/1908/model.t.html
  4 World Habitat Day (First Monday in October)
http://www.unhabitat.org/categories.asp?catid=490
  5

Greenpeace founded (1971) in Vancouver, BC
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/

  6 International Walk to School Day
http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/ 
  10

Powers of Ten Day
http://www.powersof10.com/index.php?mod=ten_day

  11 Toxic Substances Control Act signed (1976)
http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs/laws/tsca.html
http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/tsca/03.htm
  15 National Historic Preservation Act passed (1966)
http://www.nps.gov
  16 OPEC announces Oil Embargo (1973)
http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_1967to1991_oilembargo_result.php
  21 Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act signed (1972)
http://www.epa.gov/Compliance/civil/fifra/fifraenfstatreq.html
  23 Make A Difference Day (fourth Saturday in October)
http://usaweekend.com/diffday/index.html
  27 Teddy Roosevelt born (1858)
http://www.americanpresident.org/history/theodoreroosevelt/

November 2010

  1 McDonald’s ends foam packaging (1990)
http://innovation.edf.org//page.cfm?tagID=30747 
  6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/environment_war/
  11 World Usability Day
http://www.worldusabilityday.org/
  13 Amory Lovins (analyst of and advocate for a "soft energy path") born (1947)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amory_Lovins
  15

America Recycles Day
http://www.nrc-recycle.org/americarecycles.aspx

  15 Former President George H.W. Bush Signs P2 Act (1990)
http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/p2policy/act1990.htm
  22 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement signed by US and Canada (1972)
http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/greatlakes/default.asp?lang=En&n=FD65DFE5-1  
  26 Buy Nothing Day (Friday after Thanksgiving)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day  

December 2010

  2 The U.S. Environmental Protections Agency begins Operations (1970)
http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/epa/15c.htm
  2 Alaska Lands Act (setting aside 104 million acres) signed 1980
http://www.alaskacoalition.org/history_public_lands.htm
  3

Bhopal Union Carbide (1984)
http://www.bhopal.com/chrono.htm

  5 Great Smog of 1952
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2545759.stm
  11

Brundtland Commission defines "sustainability" (1987)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brundtland_Commission
http://oregonfuture.oregonstate.edu/part1/pf1_03.html

  16 World Oil Production Peaked (2005)
http://www.princeton.edu/hubbert/current-events.html
  16 Safe Drinking Water Act signed (1974)
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/sdwa/index.html
  28 Endangered Species Act signed (1973)
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/laws/esa.htm

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