EJSCREEN Webinar – Register

Take a look at this announcement from the EPA about the EJSCREEN Webinar-

After a year of public engagement and collecting feedback from stakeholders, EPA is announcing the release of the latest version of EJSCREEN, the agency’s environmental justice screening and mapping tool. The new EJSCREEN has an abundance of new features – all of which were requested by the public – including (to list a few):

  • The inclusion of the National Air Toxic Assessment environmental indicators for cancer risk, respiratory, and diesel PM
  • Scalable maps, that summarize data at the Census block group, tract, or county-level
  • The ability to save sessions and print maps from the home screen
  • A feature that allows you to look at two maps, side-by-side
  • The addition of Puerto Rico

The EPA will be hosting three webinars to engage with EJ stakeholders on questions about the new data and design of EJSCREEN as well as a discussion of how EJSCREEN is being used. These webinars will include a basic overview of the tool, and will not be technical in nature. Please register for the event via the EventBrite page.

EJSCREEN webinar dates:

  • June 28(2 pm EST)
  • June 30(4 pm EST)
  • July 11(3 pm EST)


Register at:  https://2016-ejscreen-rollout.eventbrite.com

all information for this post from the EPA

Lung Cancer Mortality Rates- 4 maps

These four maps shown in the slide below show the Lung Cancer mortality rate per 100,000 people based on gender and race. Scroll through the maps to see how each one compares. The information is from CDC records and we transferred the data into our Mappler maps.

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Mapping School Meals- frac.org

I came across an interesting map that showed schools across the US that offered the National school Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program from 2014 to 2015. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for young learners, but for some students a good first meal of the day isn’t always attainable. This program makes sure that students can start their day off right with a good meal! Across the board from 2014-2015 the US did a pretty good job with participating in both programs, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Check to see how your area measured! Thanks frac.org for the interesting information & map! Take a look at the rest of the map by clicking here.

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Take a look at this interesting map we made on Mappler in collaboration with Planning Communities! The map is full of GIS layers that you can toggle to show various information such as crime, food, recreation, transit, and URISA health data in DC. The picture below shows URISA data marking sidewalks, intersections, homeless locations, and garbage. Visit the map to view all the data ! nj.mapplerx.com/map/urisahealth

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A Little Green Does the Body Good

We think that health maps do not only consist of physical health, but also mental! If you are living in the concrete jungle, and although it is beautiful in it’s own unique way, maybe you want to be surrounded by more nature.

I found this cool and informational map by Hana Alberts on ny.curbed.com that shows 40 gardens, parks, and green spaces in NYC that you might not know about! Instead of making the trip to Central Park, check out one of these cool spaces. Go to ny.curbed.com or click here to view the map and website! Thanks Curbed!

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Funding- ATSDR Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse Sites


“ATSDR’s mission is to serve the public through responsive public health actions to promote healthy and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures to environmental contaminants. Sites such as Brownfield/Land Reuse sites may be the source of potentially harmful exposures because of contamination from previous property uses. Addressing public health concerns and issues related to the restoration of contaminated properties is essential. ATSDR is funding these community health projects to ensure that public health is an integral part of the land reuse process.

These projects will increase capacity to identify, address, and improve public health in redeveloping Brownfield/Land Reuse sites, ensuring that particular attention is paid to identifying and addressing health issues prior to redevelopment and assessing changes in community health associated with reuse plans and redevelopment. These community health projects that address impacts of contamination at Brownfield/Land Reuse sites will further ATSDR?s public health mission to promote healthy and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures.” (epa.gov)

Average Awards: $150,000

CFDA Number: 93.161 — Health Program for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Eligible Applicants:

  • States or their bona fide agents (includes the District of Columbia)
  • Local governments or their bona fide agents
  • Territorial governments or their bona fide agents in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau
  • State-controlled institutions of higher education
  • American Indian or Alaska Native tribal governments (federally recognized)
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities as entity of the state/local/ tribal government


  • Application Open Date: 5/3/2016
  • Informational Conference Call Date:  May 25, 2016, 2 pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Information Conference Call Line: 1-866-707-8022, Passcode 4547257
  • Letter of Intent Due Date: 6/3/2016
  • Application Due Date: 7/5/2016 

More Information: grants.gov


all information for this post and grant from epa.gov and grants.gov