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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)


The Community Builders, Inc. Ma e98 . (95 Berkeley Street Suite 500, Boston, MA 02116 tel:617-695-9595 fax:617-695-9805 GIS Contact: Peter Nicol email:petern@tcbinc.org) "The mission of The Community Builders is to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. We do this by developing, financing, and operating high quality affordable housing, by coordinating access to support services, and by planning and implementing other community and economic development initiatives critical to the communities we serve." GIS PROGRAM: "DEMOGRAPHIC MAPPING As can be seen in the following map, the urban neighborhoods in which we work are often marked by extreme concentrations of poverty when we begin. We address the poverty of a neighborhood by providing job training and supportive services for existing residents to increase their incomes and by building high-quality housing to attract new households with a range of incomes. Typically, we seek an income mix of approximately 1/3 low-income, 1/3 moderate-income, and 1/3 market rate households for our neighborhood-scale projects. The following map shows the high rate of poverty in Cincinnati¢s West End before revitalization has begun....IDENTIFYING COMMUNITY AND CIVIC RESOURCES The Community Builders, Inc. uses a multi-faceted approach to redevelopment that simultaneously addresses the physical, social, and economic needs of a neighborhood. A comprehensive education, job training, and supportive service program for local residents is a critical part of this strategy. The first step in developing such a program is to identify the existing educational and civic resources of a neighborhood. Once we identify existing resources, we can work with local service providers to strengthen their programs, to develop networks of other non-profit agencies, and to develop new programs to fill unmet needs. The map that follows shows the community and civic resources in Cincinnati's West End neighborhood prior to the start of a redevelopment program.

Community University Consortium for Regional Environmental Justice (CUCREJ), Nj c98 . (360 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., 7th Floor Newark, NJ 07102 973/353-5093 x33 fax 973/353-5907 kharod@rci.rutgers.edu ) "CUCREJ was formed in 1995. The region's EJ organizations and universities do a wide variety of work relevant to protecting the environment and to reducing environmental inequities. Although a few networks and alliances have arisen among and between them, CUCREJ is the first comprehensive effort to share information and to do research across the region. CUCREJ partners deal with a broad range of environmental concerns, work with local K-12 schools, and further serve as a resource to smaller community-based and EJ organizations within their communities " GIS STATUS: "Over the past year, CUCREJ established an EJ website (www.cucrej.rutgers.edu) with a pilot "Web-GIS". The Web-GIS's goal is to provide a simplified form of GIS for partners' organizing and community-based enforcement efforts. The pilot has focused on implementing a community-friendly mapping system for TRI, air pollution data, and race/class socioeconomic data in Newark's Ironbound community. This pilot has utilized ArcInfo and a variety of Web-based data management tools to provide our partners with a neighborhood view of environmental conditions in their community." See their Online Ironbound Maps . See also: "A Manual to Community Risk Assessment Mapping and GIS (Ironbound Group) (by Susan Lim (sl146@cornell.edu) Christine O’Connell (cao6@cornell.edu) Ernst Valery (ev19@cornell.edu) Wipas Wimonsate (ww40@cornell.edu) Sam Zimmerman-Bergman (sdz1@cornell.edu)): "...After completing the paper maps of the toxic tour and organizing the information from the community risk mapping session, the next step was to get the information into electronic form. In transferring the data, we limited ourselves to publicly available data. We also added demographic information to the community-based concerns from the risk mapping session. These conditions meant that we had to acquire data from a variety of sources. After searching the Internet for available information, we settled on the following sources...We found that the ESRI web site had the most comprehensive publicly available demographic and base mapping information. In order to download information, first-time users must register with a valid e-mail account (registration is free)...." The rest of the manual provides the specific techniqes they used to analyze the data and prepare the maps for web publication . See also New York City Environmental Justice Alliance entry

Democracy Resource Center, Ky ; (253 Regency Circle, Suite A, Lexington, Kentucky 40503 Phone numbers: (606) 278-8644, (606) 276-0563, 1-800-647-0060, Fax number: 606-276-0774 email: info@kydrc.org) The Democracy Resource Center helps citizens and grassroots groups participate meaningfully in public decision-making and makes government more democratic. Check out their handbook Citizen Power: "In nine true stories, Citizen Power tells the struggles, adventures, and life-changing experiences of ordinary citizens in rural Kentucky fighting to protect the health of their families and communities. " (affiliated with MACED, see below)

Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund, Denver CO c97 . (180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94104-4209 Info line 1-800-584-6460, Phone: (415) 627-6700 Fax: (415) 627-6740 Email: eajus@earthjustice.org ) "Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, is the law firm for the environment. For more than a quarter century, the Legal Defense Fund has represented hundreds of environmental clients, large and small, without charge." Headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Washington, D.C., Denver, Seattle, Honolulu, Juneau, Montana, Florida, New Orleans, and Tallahassee. Don't miss their extensive Docket List describing the multitude of cases they have undertaken.

Earthlaw, Co . (University of Denver - Forbes House, 1714 Poplar Street, Denver, CO 80220 tel:1-303-871-6996 email: earthlaw@earthlaw.org ) "Earthlaw is a public interest, environmental law group founded in 1993 by a group of environmental lawyers committed to the West and to using the unique skills of the legal profession to address the West's environmental problems. Earthlaw was created to use the power of the law and of lawyers to protect the ecosystems and the people of the West. (And we do it for free). Don't miss: Earthlaw Students Protect Florida's Coast (and Help Sea Turtles and Manatees!) . There's One Less Species In Channel Islands National Park -- And It's A Darn Good Thing Too! . "I am pleased to report that we have helped preserve what may be the biologically richest spot in the country -- Channel Islands National Park....On the hardest hit island, Santa Rosa, cattle grazing has eliminated riparian areas, increased soil erosion six-fold, destroyed Chumash Indian burial sites, and trampled nests of the endangered snowy plover...When years of informally trying to convince the Park Service to protect the Park failed, Earthlaw attorney Neil Levine sued on behalf of the National Parks and Conservation Association. After four years of litigation, we finally reached agreement on a consent order that will protect the Park. The order requires the Park Service to remove all cattle from Santa Rosa Island by the end of 1998." . The Owl That Saved The Southwest's Forests . "For the last three years the Mexican Spotted Owl has been our best ally in the battle to save the Southwest's ancient forests...In 1989, Dr. Robin Silver first sought to have the Owl and its habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act." . The Earthlaw Training Clinic . "Each student in the Earthlaw Environmental Law Clinic has primary responsibility for at least one case. On this case, an Earthlaw staff attorney supervises the student's work, but the student plays the primary role in client contact, research, and preparing court documents. Each student also works on one or more complex matters, supporting the clinic's attorneys." . Dont Miss: Earthlaw Tools! Change things! Below are many resources to use -- including form letters, sample NAFTA petitions, and E-mail addresses for Congress, President, and many newspapers. Or go to Things to Do to get heard today!

The EcoJustice Network, Ca . (c/o Assn. for Progressive Communications, Presidio Building, 1012 Torney Avenue, P.O. Box 29904, San Francisco, CA 94129 USA Tel: +1 415 561 6100 Fax: +1 415 561 6101 E-mail:apcadmin@apc.org Training contact: Alair MacLean, (415) 561-6100, ext. 127. email: mailto:ntangri@econet.apc.org ) "The EcoJustice Network addresses environmental issues facing communities of color in the United States. Don't miss their Online Maps of Toxic Release Inventory data for 7 states: (Louisiana Michigan North Carolina New Jersey Ohio Tennesee Texas ) also the People of Color Environmental Groups Directory & Online Maps . "This map illustrates the location of groups working for environmental justice throughout the continent."

Empowerment, Marginalization And Public Participation GIS . (project of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), see under ECP academia)

Environmental Background Information Center, Pa e98 . (204 E. Calder Way, Suite #305 State College, PA 16801 tel:814-867-7341 E-Mail: ebic@envirolink.org Gis contact: Brian Lipsett, Dina El-Mogazi ) "EBIC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 for the purpose of conducting strategic background investigations into the environmental records of corporations. We conduct this research free of charge for grassroots community groups, individual activists, larger environmental organizations, journalists, local officials, and others. To help people put this information to work, we also assist with the development of strategies for the most effective use of information, and facilitate networking among grassroots groups. " GIS PROJECTS: 1. Geographic/demographic analysis of the neighborhoods surrounding a proposed medical waste disposal facility in Harrisburg, PA. 2. Geographic/demographic analysis of the communities surrounding Eastman Kodak Co., New York State's largest releaser of toxic chemicals. 3. Geographic/demographic analysis of the Acmar landfill, an illegally-operated waste dump located in the watershed of the water supply for Birmingham, Alabama. 4. Geographic/demographic analysis of the communities adjacent to several industrial facilities in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes, Louisiana. . The first four projects involved the compilation of maps showing physical features, political boundaries, census information, and other features such as churches, schools, hospitals, and industrial facilities regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The biggest challenges we faced were finding the appropriate data, learning to draw data from several different sources, and making the data work together in one project." Don't Miss: Online Activist Resources: "We're developing materials of interest to grassroots environmental activists for this web site. Includes: EBIC's Generic Strategy Guide - "Look here for basic tips on how to use information about corporations as part of your campaign to protect the health and safety of your community." EBIC's Court Research Guide, Proxies for People, EBIC's Guide to Understanding Corporate Research. Don't miss their Online GIS for Environmental Justice Tutorial: "EBIC's Guide to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)" by Dina El-Mogazi .

Environmental Health Coalition Ca e98 . (1717 Kettner Blvd, Suite 100 / San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-235-0281 ~ FAX: 619-232 3670 e-mail: TraciG@environmentalhealth.org) "a grassroots, non-profit environmental justice organization, based in San Diego that is dedicated to the prevention and cleanup of toxic pollution threatening our health, our communities and our environment. We monitor government and industry actions that cause pollution, educate communities about toxics use reduction and empower the community to join our cause. " GIS NEWS: "Since 1987, EHC has been using mapping as a means to educate the community and elected officials about the disproportionate toxic burden borne by San Diego's low income communities of color, such as Barrio Logan. EHC has also been at the forefront of using community right-to-know data, having drafted and successfully advocated for San Diego County's right-to-know law in the early 1980s . The County's reporting requirements are much more extensive than those required under the federal TRI laws. The mapping started out crudely, simply marking the location of businesses using or storing large quantities of hazardous materials or showing impact-radii around a particularly hazardous business. The mapping became more complex with overlays of cancer isopleths resulting from toxic air emissions from various industries, of plumes of impact from various accident scenarios (created from Aloha, a program designed for emergency planning), and adding toxic hot spots in San Diego Bay. Other maps showed the 15 communities in San Diego County with the highest concentrations of toxic and hazardous materials. All of the maps have been successful--for example, there is some gut level acknowledgment of the unfairness of the situation when people compare the toxics map of Barrio Logan to what they know about their own community. For the residents of Barrio Logan, there is an awakening--they may have sensed that their community was polluted, but seeing the layer upon layer of pollution sources generally makes them mad--and willing to work for change. "


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996

 

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