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NYSG’s new Environmental Justice Mapping Tools Guide highlights publicly available online tools, like the Environmental Protection Agency’s EJSCREEN tool (pictured above), to connect communities with data for exploring environmental justice locally.

Environmental Justice Mapping Tools for NYS Communities |
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The purpose of this document is to collect information about free, easy-to-use mapping tools that can be used by communities, educators, students, and environmental practitioners to help investigate and define their context and plan projects. As we explored each resource we were guided by environmental justice and how mapping can be a resource for communities to approach environmental issues that matter to them.

Webinars: Upcoming

Environmental Justice Mapping Tools — Fall 2021 Series

Learn how to access local demographic and environmental hazard data from the creators of three online mapping tools.

Questions? Contact: Jessica Kuonen, jak546@cornell.edu


The goal for the series is to help make these tools more accessible. 

Each session will provide background on how and why each tool was created, appropriate uses, demonstrations, time for Q&A with our presenters, and some will include a hands on activity.  


These webinars will be recorded.

Webinar 1 of 3: An Introduction to Environmental Justice and EJSCREEN (October 22, 2021)



This webinar gives an overview of environmental justice and EJSCREEN followed by a demonstration of the EJSCREEN tool. EJSCREEN is a mapping and screening tool that combines environmental and demographic data to highlight areas with potential Environmental Justice concerns.  Guest presenters from US EPA - Region 2 include: Towana Boutin , Children’s Environmental Health & Environmental Justice Coordinator; Lance Caldwell, EJSCREEN Point of Contact; and Ameesha Mehta-Sampath, Team Lead.  Questions were submitted from the audience throughout.

For more information on how to use EJSCREEN, please check out the following pages:
EJSCREEN webpageEJSCREEN Users GuideShort tutorial videosIndicators


Webinar 2 of 3: Neighborhoods at Risk (November 12, 2021)



This webinar gives an overview of the Neighborhoods at Risk tool presented by Patty Hernandez and Scott Story of Headwaters Economics. Neighborhoods at Risk is an easy-to-use website with interactive maps, charts, and resources to help communities identify neighborhoods that may be more impacted by climate change. It shows where people may experience unequal impacts from hurricanes, flooding, and extreme heat. Guest presenters include: Patty Hernandez & Scott Story, Headwaters Economics. 

For more information on how to use Neighborhoods at Risk, please check out the following pages:
Neighborhoods at Risk | Neighborhoods at Risk, About pageEconomic Profile System toolHeadwaters Economics

Webinar 3 of 3: Flood Impact Decision Support System with Social Vulnerability Index | Register
Speakers: Kytt MacManus & Carolynne Hultquist, CIESIN
When: Dec 3rd 1-2:30 pm
Description: Learn about recent updates to our regional sea-level rise visualization tool and how it incorporates demographic information from the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI).


Webinars: Archives

An Introduction to Environmental Justice Mapping Tools (November 17, 2020)



This webinar introduces NYSG’s “Environmental Justice Mapping Tools for New York State Communities” guide, which pulls together 22 online mapping tools covering a range of topics that help build context around race, class, and the environment. During the webinar, we provide background information on environmental justice (EJ), describe how to use the EJ mapping tools guide, and provide a quick demonstration of how to use EJSCREEN, Neighborhoods at Risk, How’s My Waterway, and the DECinfo Locator. Questions from the audience were answered throughout the demonstrations.

Timing for specific parts of the conversation: 

0:00 – Introduction and Territory Acknowledgement using Native Land mapping tool

4:07 – Background: Who we are, environmental justice and why it matters

12:48 – Overview of the EJ mapping tools guide

19:01 – Demonstration: EPA’s EJSCREEN tool

34:25 – Demonstration: Headwater Economics’ Neighborhoods at Risk tool

42:15 – Demonstration: EPA’s How’s my Waterway tool

51:35 – Demonstration: DECinfo Locator tool


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