EJSCREEN: EPA's Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

Authors: Tai Lung*, US EPA
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Environment, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: environmental justice, mapping, screening, environmental geography, social justice, GIS
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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EJSCREEN is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) web-based environmental justice (EJ) screening and mapping tool that combines environmental and demographic information to highlight areas with potential EJ concerns. As mapping technologies advanced, the agency recognized the need to develop a nationally consistent tool to better understand the characteristics of locations across the US. EJSCREEN builds on decades of EPA experience working in communities and addressing EJ. EPA made the tool public in an effort to be transparent about how we consider EJ, to assist our partners and stakeholders in making informed decisions, and create a common starting point between EPA and outsiders when examining EJ issues.

EJSCREEN is used by the agency as a preliminary step to consider EJ as we develop programs, policies and activities that affect communities. EPA uses include informing outreach and engagement practices, enhancing geographically based initiatives, and implementing aspects of agency functions such permitting, enforcement, and other programs. EJSCREEN has also found many uses outside of EPA. The tool is used regularly by federal, state and local government partners as well as nonprofits and community groups, business and industry, and academia. External uses of EJSCREEN range from informing policy, strategic, and programmatic decisions to crafting outreach tools and educational materials.

The session will begin with an introduction to the tool and its methodology, including a short demonstration of the tool. Following this, we will hold a discussion on the use of EJSCREEN and other tools to help communities examine and address potential environmental justice issues.

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