The Public Comment period for the EJ Screening Tool is between July 17 and July 31. To help us better understand what communities need and your opinion of the accessibility of the screening tool, voice your concerns, questions and comments here.
To access the screening tool in English, click here.
El período de comentarios públicos para la herramienta de detección EJ es entre el 17 y el 31 de julio. Para ayudarnos a entender mejor lo que las comunidades necesitan y su opinión sobre la accesibilidad de la herramienta de detección, exprese sus inquietudes, preguntas y comentarios aquí.
Para acceder a la herramienta de selección en inglés, haga clic aquí
Webinar is RESCHEDULED to Monday, July 17, 2023, 12-1 pm
This session will guide you through the mapping tool’s interface, features, and datasets, revealing how it can be utilized to analyze and address environmental burdens in vulnerable communities. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with experts behind the development of CT EJScreen, who will share insights into the challenges and achievements of creating this comprehensive tool. This session marks the start of the public comment period for the tool’s beta version. This webinar will equip policymakers, urban planners, environmental advocates, or just interested in environmental justice with valuable knowledge on leveraging geospatial data for positive community impact.
On May 22, 2023, Dr. Yaprak Onat, with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) presented the CT EJ Mapping Tool in draft form for community feedback for the Connecticut Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Council (CEEJAC). To learn more about the CEEJAC please click here.
Dr. Yaprak Onat, with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), was a part of the panel session for CT Data Conference, specifically the Mapping for Community: Understanding the Community Environment.
On 11/18/22, our members from our team, Dr. Yaprak Onat and Caterina Massidda presented at Connecticut’s GIS Day. Here, Massidda presented on the methodology that was used to develop the statewide Environmental Justice Tool. Onat, along with Meg McGaffin presented on mapping the climate change vulnerability and expanded on the Climate Change Vulnerability index which was completed early in 2022.
To learn more about Connecticut GIS Day and the presentations, click here.
Earlier in the fall CIRCA announced the application window for the Mapping Tool Advisory Committee (MTAC), a group of community-based organizations and individuals with lived experience who will receive grant funding to participate in the review of the Statewide Environmental Justice Mapping Tool currently under development by CIRCA and DEEP. The final MTAC recipients have now been selected, including community-based organizations and individuals with a wide range of expertise and lived experience. Further information on the MTAC’s role and its newly selected members can be found here.
The MTAC will be an advisory group to theEJ Mapping Project, a partnership between CIRCA and CT DEEP. MTAC grants will fund individuals and organizations for their time spent on this advisory work. Importantly, this funding expands the capacity of groups often disenfranchised from participation in tools or policies that directly impact them. The grant period will run from January – August 2023, with funding delivered in monthly stipends. CIRCA expects to select 7 grantees to serve on the MTAC, each funded at $5,000. Participation from MTAC members will primarily consist of attending 5 virtual meetings and 1 in-person regional forum (multiple dates available), along with associated review of EJ mapping materials to prepare for these meetings. The time commitment is expected to be 20 – 25 hours total between January – August 2023.
We are pleased to share the new website for the CT Environmental Justice Map! Between August 2021 and August 2023, UConn CIRCA will be developing a new Environmental Justice Map for Connecticut! Following examples from Washington, Maryland, and California, this map will fulfill a key recommendation for the Governor’s Council on Climate Change Equity & Environmental Justice Working Group. (Learn more about the project background.)
While CIRCA will be managing the project, in consultation with CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, collaborations with statewide data organizations and organizations across Connecticut working in the environmental justice field will be critical to the development, design, and deployment of this tool. Two committees will be formed: State Data Advisory Committee (SDAC) and the Mapping Tool Advisory Committee (MTAC). Membership in the MTAC will be funded through the enabling grant. (Learn more about the Project Team.) The two committees will work together and learn about each other’s work while improving the final map.
There will be several ways to participate and collaborate in addition to the two committees, including nine regional workshops to hear directly from communities across the state.
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