The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a data visualization tool called EJSCREEN that combines pollution data with demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau to let users observe how certain populations might be disproportionately affected by harmful environments. The visualization displays environmental factors, such as air particulate count and lead paint, alongside demographic indicators such as income level and race. EPA is using EJSCREEN to identify areas with unique environmental challenges, and community groups, such as the nonprofit Houston Advanced Research Center, are using it to asses their own neighborhoods and change policies affecting their environment.
Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Collide
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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