Information Tools Development
To develop a more integrated, comprehensive, efficient, and nationally consistent approach for collecting, maintaining, and using geospatial information relevant to overburdened communities.
EPA’s programs and regions have developed a variety of internal screening tools and other Geographic Information System (GIS) applications to enhance environmental justice analysis and decision-making to better protect public health under Executive Order 12898 (PDF) (6 pp, 122K). These applications have played an important role as the Agency worked to integrate environmental justice into its programs, policies and activities.
Under Plan EJ 2014, EPA is focused in an Agency-wide effort to develop a nationally consistent environmental justice screening tool. In addition, EPA is developing a suite of tools, data and services known as EPA’s GeoPlatform that will help coordinate and consolidate mapping activities, applications, and data across the Agency. The GeoPlatform will support a wide variety of uses across the Agency, including components of the nationally consistent environmental justice screening tool, and other data and applications that may be of interest to environmental justice stakeholders.
- Develop EPA’s GeoPlatform.
- Develop a nationally consistent environmental justice screening tool.
- Incorporate appropriate elements of the screening tool into the GeoPlatform.