Project Team

In August 2021, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hired UConn Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) to conduct the Environmental Justice Mapping Tool for the state. To learn more about the project's background, read our About page.

The current CIRCA team working on the project:

  • Yaprak Onat, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Director of Research
  • Mary Buchanan, Ph.D., Community Resilience Planner
  • Libbie Duskin, GIS/Data Analyst
  • Defne Alpdogan, Environmental Justice Intern
  • Michael Pimenta, GIS Intern
  • Alexis Torres, Climate Change Intern

Former CIRCA personnel involved with the project:

  • Joanna Wozniak-Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Resilience Planning
  • Caterina Massidda, GIS/Data Analyst
  • Brandon Peate, GIS Summer 2022 Intern
  • Kat Morris, Community Engagement Specialist

The CT DEEP contact is Edith Pestana, Environmental Justice Administrator.

Team info

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Mapping Tool Advisory Committee (MTAC)
The primary role of the MTAC is to represent different interests that contribute to environmental justice including health, transportation, racial justice, education, and more and be partners in the refinement of the tool and its contents. Interested organizations may apply through the upcoming Solicitation of Interest process to support their employee's participation.

State Data Advisory Committee (SDAC)
The primary role of the SDAC is to provide advise CIRCA to discuss available and missing datasets as identified in the“Scoping and Recommendations…” report. CT DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes invited state agencies to serve on the State Data Advisory Committee.