In order to better meet the Agency’s responsibilities related to the protection of public health and the environment, EPA has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJSCREEN. It is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports.
The Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas (MAEA) is the region’s newest online data tool. Supported by the Partnership for Southern Equity, MAEA is designed to connect local stakeholders to timely, accurate data. By examining 8 key areas of community wellbeing, the MAEA (pronounced Maya) offers fascinating insight into the state of our region – particularly as it relates to issues of access and opportunity. MAEA “well-being” categories include demographics, economic development, education, environment, health, housing, public safety and transportation. The MAEA provides local change makers with the information they need to make the case and trend the change.
QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.
To promote the use of open data in cities across the United States, the National League of Cities (NLC) has partnered with Socrata to launch an open data portal. The portal provides a comprehensive list of cities utilizing open data and highlights particular data sets by category, as well as relevant NLC research. The portal is geared towards cities at any stage of the open data process; cities without open data portals can gain an overview of how other cities are using data, while cities with established portals can find examples of particular datasets from other cities that would be useful to emulate.
The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.