“There is no doubt in my mind that now is the most critical time for us to step forward and clean up our planet. And I’m excited to invite you to join me now in a new project, one in which scientists have made an interesting discovery. You see, it turns out that waste from the sea can be used to cleanup waste on the land.”

— Jean-Michel Cousteau

There is no better time for us to clean up our environment than right now.


Lead cleanup of the West Oakland neighborhood of South Prescott gets underway with the grand opening of the EPA Field Office. A full crew of the project staff was on hand at the Field Office to give a warm welcome to approximately 50 neighbors and guests at the Open House on June 25, 2011.

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Community Do-It-Yourself Programs

  • DIY Lead Remediation
  • DIY Tree Planting
  • Beach Cleanup
  • Urban Cleanup
  • School-based Cleanups, Tree Plantings


Ambassadors of the Environment is an active, hands-on outdoor education program developed over the last 15 years by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr. Richard Murphy, and the education team at Ocean Futures Society. With programs all over the world, the core curriculum focuses on timeless, universal ecological principles applicable to all natural ecosystems in addition to location-specific subjects.

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Videos created by some of the world most recognized personalities, for AEF to use in its awareness campaigns.

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On April 29, 2004 sixth grade International Bacculaureate students participated in the AEF program. Students signed an oath that will be kept with the plaque so that others may know who participated in the worldwide event. –Century Middle School Thornton, Colorado

On Friday 21st May Kardinia International College in Geelong, Australia conducted two simultaneous tree planting ceremonies...one for our upper primary children and one for the lower. This image shows Australian kids with the Olympic flag and a planted olive tree at the Kardinia International College in Geelong, Australia. –Kardinia International College in Geelong, Australia

Olympians plant an olive tree at Edwards Stadium at the University of California at Berkeley to become part of the Global Olive Wreath.–University of California, USA

AEF Board Member Michael Voudouris presents Iraqi Ministry of Youth and Sport Director Mansour Fatfat with the Spirit of Athena Award, a certificate of merit for participation in AEF's Global Olive Wreath.–Sulaimaniya City, Iraq

AEF Directors plant a tree at Beijing's Olympic Park together with Greek Consul Konstantina Coliou and members of the Beijing Science and Technology Sustainable Development Center. Beijing pledged 2,000,000 trees to AEF's Global Olive Wreath.–Beijing, China

Tree planting at the International School of Kenya in Nairobi.–Nairobi, Kenya

Venezuelan school children at their Global Olive Wreath celebration.–Academia Washington, Caracas, Venezuela

In Veria, Greece, the town mayor and school children plant a tree at the city square. Behind them is the statue of Dimitrios Vikelas, first President of the International Olympic Committee.–Veria, Greece