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  • United States

EPA's Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

Author: EPA
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Earth Science, Economics, Geography, Justice, Health
Resource Types:
  • Data
  • Interactive Media
Synopsis
  • This is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that displays publicly-available EPA data, combining environmental and demographic indicators. 
  • EJSCREEN users choose a geographic area. The tool then shows eleven environmental justice indicators.
Teaching Tips

Positives 

  • A deeper explanation of the map and its purpose can be found here.

Additional Prerequisites 

  • The easiest way to interact with this data is at the census block level. To do that, follow the steps below:
  • Click "Select Location" and then "Select Location" in the dropdown menu.
  • Click on "Click on map to select a census block group."
  • Zoom in to your desired location.
  • Click on the map. The census block will turn green.
  • Click on "Get Printable Standard Report" for a comprehensive report showing all EJ Indexes, map, and environmental and demographic indicators. It takes a moment for the report to load.
  • More detailed instructions for how to use the map can be found here.

Differentiation

  • There is a lot of data here. Grouping students is useful so they can make sense of the data together.

Scientist Notes
Map output is from ESRI, and it is reliable. Data layers and symbology are simplified for students in middle and high school. This resource is recommended.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.9-12 Use geospatial and related technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.9-12 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.3.9-12 Use geographic data to analyze variations in the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.9-12 Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.8.9-12 Evaluate the impact of economic activities and political decisions on spatial patterns within and among urban, suburban, and rural regions.

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  • This tool is amazing because it compares environmental and demographic indicators to give environmental justice scores for census blocks around the country. It very clearly shows environmental justice on a small scale. My students loved exploring it. Very eye-opening.
    3 months ago

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