Forgotten People and Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University (WWU) EJ Participatory Mapping app wins Runner-Up in EPA Apps for Environment Challenge. The video demonstrates how to use the interactive map showing the proximity of abandoned uranium mines to water sources on the Navajo Nation and a proposed uranium haul route through the Navajo Nation. Here is a live link to the map http://www.wwu.edu/huxley/spatial/fppm/ . If you click on the icon on the header, you can search the various layers. The EJ Participatory Mapping app will be recognized at the Apps for the Environment Forum www.epa.gov/appsfortheenvironment/forum.html on November 8, 2011 in Arlington, VA
10/27/2011 Forgotten People/WWU EJ Participatory Mapping app wins RunnerUp in EPA Apps for Environment Challenge
Department of Commerce Releases Draft Environmental Justice Strategy for Public Comment: The Department of Commerce announces the release of its draft Environmental Justice Strategy. On August 4, 2011, the Department of Commerce and other Federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop or revise existing environmental justice (EJ) strategies to protect minority and low-income populations from experiencing disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects caused by an agency’s programs, policies, and activities.
In compliance with this commitment, the Department of Commerce is releasing for public comment a draft EJ Strategy, which will completely replace the Department’s original EJ Strategy produced in 1995 in response to Executive Order 12898 section 1-103. Through October 31, 2011, the Department welcomes any comments or feedback on this draft EJ Strategy.
In addition, the Department is soliciting feedback on the following specific topics:
- Are there additional Departmental programs, policies, or activities that should be included in the EJ Strategy in addition to those already identified?
- What should the Department’s environmental justice goals and objectives be in relation to providing and supporting climate science, services and adaptation?
Department of Commerce draft Environmental Justice Strategy: http://open.commerce.gov/news/2011/09/30/department-commerce-draft-environmental-justice-strategy
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