The EPA seal, like the agency it represents, has become a symbol of environmental protection, justice and conservation across the United States and around the world. But what is the origin of the EPA seal? Where did it come from and what does it mean?
The official seal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a symbol familiar to millions of Americans and other people around the world, was established by Presidential Executive Order 11628 on October 18, 1971--about 10 months after the EPA first opened its doors on December 2, 1970.
What the EPA Seal Symbolizes
The executive order, which was signed by President Richard M. Nixon, described the seal as:
"A flower with a bloom, which is symbolic of all the elements of the environment. The bloom is a sphere, the component parts of which represent the blue sky, green earth, and blue-green water. A white circle within the sphere denotes either the sun or the moon. All are symbolic of a clean environment and are superimposed on a disc with a white background, circled by the title, UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, in blue letters."
Who Created the EPA Seal?
The EPA seal was designed by the Indianapolis advertising agency of McQuade, Wilkins, Bloomhorst, Newman and Colbert, at no cost to the EPA.
The illustrator was Ken "Bloomy" Bloomhorst, a partner in the firm and a noted painter, book illustrator and printmaker. His work is also represented in the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. Bloomhorst attended William and Mary University and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio. He had a long advertising career as an award-winning art director and graphic designer, and later founded The Gray Goose Press, where he continued to work as a fine artist and illustrator.