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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, DOE recognizes its long history of science-based efforts to reduce pollution and drive down emissions, use energy and water more efficiently, install cutting-edge clean energy projects and lead in natural resources stewardship throughout Department and 17 National Labs.

Energy Department in Action

Department of Energy to Provide $22 Million for Research on Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Air
Projects Will Range from Basic Research through Testing of Prototypes
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Energy Department Announces up to $22 Million for Marine Energy Foundational R&D and Testing Infrastructure Upgrades
Energy Department announces marine energy funding opportunity to leverage the expertise and intellectual capital of non-federal research institutions.
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Department of Energy Announces Up To $15 Million for Tribes to Deploy Energy Technology
DOE announced up to $15 million in new funding to deploy energy technology on tribal lands.
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EM Leaders Say Liquid Waste Startups to Bring Rewards, Challenges
EM is preparing for a potential game change and the challenges it could bring.
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An International Approach to Advocating for More Women in Energy Careers
At the International Clean Energy Education Empowerment (C3E) Initiative’s Women in Energy event, Assistant Secretary Garrish spoke on US support.
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Department of Energy Announces $25 Million for Plastics Recycling R&D, Launches Upcycling Consortium
DOE announced up to $25 million in funding for plastics recycling research and development.
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Department of Energy Announces New Funding to Train Emergency Response and Building Professionals
DOE announced training program funding for professionals who interact with distributed energy resources, including firefighters and first responders.
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EM Official Highlights Crucial Role in Cleanup for STEM Students, Workers
Students and workers trained in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are increasingly critical to DOE programs.
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Earth Day 2020: Presidential Migratory Bird Winner!
The Pantex Plant receives the 2019 Presidential Migratory Bird award.
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Taking Action for Earth Day

Take action from home with a Sustainability Treasure Hunt to explore ways to uncover energy savings during family bonding time. Check out the Take Action for Earth Day Banner for other ways to reduce your environmental impact. Learn about the partnerships and research DOE Pantex undertook to be awarded the 2019 Presidential Migratory Bird Award for their work with purple martins, Swainson’s Hawks and western burrowing owls. If you have any questions please contact Cate Berard at


Save Energy, Save Money

From improving your household chore efficiency in the kitchen and laundry room to tips on weatherization, fuel use, home offices, landscaping, and big home improvement updates, the Energy Saver website has it covered. Visit Energy Saver online, explore guides like DIY Energy Savings Projects and 16 Ways to Save Money in the Laundry Room, and sign up for email updates.


Visit Nature (Virtually)

Smithsonian Gardens created several virtual tours including “Habitat”, which has 2-3 minute videos with Smithsonian horticulturists describing the significance of each exhibit:  They have also developed a Story Map of Smithsonian Gardens' Cherry Blossom Trees to take a virtual walk through the blossoms, in any season. View it here:


Listen & Learn

Take time this April to learn about environmental issues and what the Energy Department is doing to take action. Our Direct Current podcast has covered environmental topics including: