Researchers at the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences are working with Washington Department of Health’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, Front and Centered, and other organizations to create an environmental justice map for the state of Washington. The map aims to incorporate the best available statewide data on environmental pollution and population vulnerability at the community level. The work is informed by listening sessions held across te state aimed at understanding what pollution concerns exist for different communities, and how it affects the lives of those who live in these communities.
To learn more about the project visit the project website:
One of the main leads on the project, doctoral student, Esther Min is currently seeking input on the development of the first draft of this map.
As the project evolves, I’ll post additional articles documenting the challenges and opportunities we’ve faced in developing the EJ map.