Federal Government Environmental Policy Making
Institutions and Agencies

US Executive Branch

Department of Agriculture is responsible primarily for matters relating to food and food production. Also protects natural resources. Includes:

Department of Commerce works with the business community to foster economic growth and the creation of new American jobs. Includes: Department of Energy promotes efficiency in energy use, diversity in energy sources, a stronger economy, improved environmental quality and a secure national defense. Includes:


Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Includes:

Department of the Interior is charged with protecting and providing access to the nation's natural and cultural heritage and honoring its trust responsibilities to tribes. Includes: Environmental Protection Agency works with state and local governments to fight pollution.

NASA's Observatorium offers amazing images, movies and information on planets, stars, space and weather.

President's Council on Sustainable Development is developing a national sustainable development action strategy that will foster economic vitality.

The White House assists the President in the performance of his duties, and facilitates communication with Congress, executive departments, the press and the general public.

US judiciary

The Supreme Court is the highest federal court. (Note: this site is published by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School, not by the Supreme Court.)

US legislature

Government Accounting Office is the investigative arm of the Congress charged with examining all matters relating to the receipt and disbursement of public funds.

Government Printing Office prints, binds, and distributes the publications of the Congress, as well as the executive departments of the Federal Government.

The House of Representatives is the chamber of Congress whose Members are elected from the states in proportion to the states' populations. It shares equal responsibility with the Senate for declaring war, maintaining the armed forces, assessing taxes, borrowing money, minting currency, regulating commerce, and making all laws necessary for the operation of the government.

Library of Congress is responsible for sustaining and preserving a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for Congress, the American people and future generations. Publishes:

The Senate is the chamber of Congress consisting of 2 Members from each state. Its responsibilities are the same as the House's, except that it has exclusive responsibility for advising and consenting on treaties and nominations.