A Geospatial Solution for Environmental Justice Reviews
Track: Environmental Management
Authors: Rachel Turney-Work
In 1994 Pres. Clinton signed an order directing each Federal Agency to consider environmental justice (EJ) by identifying disproportionate and adverse health or environmental effects of its activities on minority and low-income populations. Now all projects requiring a NEPA analysis must include EJ reviews. Using GIS to integrate population and income data in geospatial formats allows geographers to quickly identify areas in the region to be further evaluated, reducing potential project impacts.