Map of the Day: Median Year Householder Moved In 2010-2014 US Census ACS

Map of the Day:
Median Year Householder Moved In 2010-2014
US Census ACS
This map shows how active the housing market is.

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EPA is Now Accepting Proposals for the 2014 Environmental Education Grants Program

from Environmental Justice Mailing List

“Proposals for the initial stage of the 2014 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program are now being accepted. This year, EPA intends to issue two Requests for Proposals (RFP) under the EE Grants Program; the EE Model Grants RFP is now available for viewing. Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded under this RFP.

Under the EE Model Grants RFP, EPA seeks grant proposals to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period.

EPA anticipates releasing an additional RFP under the 2014 EE Grants Program in early winter, for local grants that will be awarded by EPA regional offices. Visit the 2014 EE Grants Program webpage for details on how to apply. “

Accessiblity to Primary HealthCare in Western Rwanda

Rwanda has been on the forefront for implementing primary healthcare networks better than most developing countries in the recent years. GIS mapping has been found effective in understanding the accessibility of these facilities to the population for purposes of better planning and modelling for other nations. Primary health care is the backbone for achieving the millennium development goals(MDG’s) which advocate for affordable and accessible health care to all.

PRIMARY HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN WESTERN RWANDA

Source: International Journal of Health Geographic

Renice Obure, Research Intern, Vertices, gis@vertices.org

What’s Happening in Haiti?

Haiti Aid Map offers a quick way of viewing and navigating the many projects that are going on right now in Haiti. The data on the site represents only a fraction of all NGO projects, but even in the health sector alone, there are over 160 current documented and mapped projects running. The initiative is focused on collecting information on NGOs’ work at the project level and making this information transparent to donors, other NGOs, businesses, governments, and more through an easy to access online interactive map. Check it out here!

Lisa MacCarrigan, Research Assistant, Vertices, gis@vertices.com

Mapping Sanitation Facilities in Bangladesh

SHARE (Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity) is a consortium of five organizations that have come together to generate rigorous and relevant research for use in the field of sanitation and hygiene. SHARE is a five year initiative (2010-2015) funded by the UK Department for International Development (shareresearch.org). An objective of SHARE is to both synthesize existing knowledge and to generate new knowledge for improved policy and practice.

In April 2012, Joseph Pearce and Sue Cavill, of SHARE’s partner WaterAid, were in Bangladesh to pilot the SHARE-funded Sanitation Mapper – an online tool to map sanitation facilities. The tool was designed to provide both area-based mapping and point-based mapping in efforts to provide useful information that could impact decision-making, planning, and the overall understanding of access to sanitation in particular areas of interest. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has offered individuals with a mechanism for better understanding and addressing pressing issues and need. The pilot Sanitation Mapper offers a way for managers and planners to better understand where increased access to sanitation is needed.

To read more about the April 2012 Bangladesh pilot project, check out Mapping Sanitation Facilities in Bangladesh.

Pearce and Cavill have since then conducted further testing and training of the Sanitation Mapper in Tanzania in June 2012.

Lisa MacCarrigan, Research Assistant, Vertices, gis@vertices.com