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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 National Association of Environmental Law Societies, Indiana University . (Environmental Law Society, Indiana University School of Law, 211 South Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN, 47405, tel(812) 855-4765 , ...To "Promote the awareness of environmental issues among the general public, the law community, and particularly, the law school community, and to increase involvement in such issues....Foster the study of environmental law through expanded curricula and materials, and to encourage responsibility and activism in the public interest by its practitioners. " see Things you can do to save the environment .

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance Ny c98 . (115 West 30th Street, Room 709, New York, NY 10001 Tel:212 239-8882 Fax 212 239-2838 Gis contact: Leslie Lowe , Dr. Michel Gelobter ) "NYCEJA was organized in 1991 following the First National People of Color Summit. Its mission is to combat environmental racism through advocacy on behalf of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that are disproportionately affected by adverse environmental and health impacts of public policy and actions. NYCEJA is a citywide network of 14 community-based organizations active in all five boroughs of the City. " They are part of: Community University Consortium for Regional Environmental Justice (CUCREJ) .

New York Public Interest Research Group, Community Mapping Assistance Project c98 . (c/o NYPIRG, 9 Murray St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10007-2272 Tel:212-349-6460 FAX:212-349-1366 . GIS contact: Marty DeBenedictis, and Steven Romalewski , . "The Community Mapping Assistance Project (CMAP) was established in 1997 by the New York Public Interest Research Group Fund, Inc. (NYPIRG) to provide customized computer mapping services to non-profit groups. CMAPís goal is to enable non-profits to benefit from geographic information systems (GIS) technology without being burdened by its prohibitive cost....Now, through NYPIRGís service, non-profits can access the power of GIS without having to spend the time and effort to obtain, understand, and use a GIS on their own. CMAP maps an organizationís data, consults with them about the geographic analysis they need, and then provides computer-generated results in the form of maps, graphs, and reports. Our fees are nominal, in order to be affordable to other non-profits while also covering our costs. In some cases, with foundation support, our services are free." GIS NEWS: Supporting Community Groups With Computer Mapping (By the Technology Project): "..Starting in 1994 with one Pentium computer, MapInfo GIS software, and compatible database and spreadsheet programs, organizer Steve Romalewski began to integrate mapping into NYPIRG's advocacy on toxics issues....Along with ongoing support from the Rockefeller Family Fund, a recent grant of GIS equipment and software--including ArcView GIS software and a new Hewlett-Packard computer and plotter--from the Conservation Technology Support Program should allow NYPIRG to conduct even more sophisticated analyses, and to produce larger, more detailed graphics." INTERACTIVE IMS MAP SITE : "One of CMAP's special services for non-profit organizations is to create interactive maps that can be accessed via the Internet. We can put your data on the Web, so your members and others can search by street address, ZIP Code, or other location information. The maps are created dynamically based on the user's input. (powered by ArcView Internet Map Server and MapObjects IMS)" See especially: New York City CouncilFinder :"locate your Council district based on your address, Council district number, or Council member's name. ". also: Playground safety in New York City :"Locate a playground near you, see how safe it is, and read our recommendations for improvement.". Also: . New York's 21 Dirtiest Power Plants :"NYPIRG prepared a report in April 1999, along with several environmental health groups, that highlighted the air pollution problems from New York State's dirtiest coal and oil burning power plants. This map shows the locations of each of these plants, as well as information about the sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions from each one" . Don't miss their SAMPLE MAP GALLERY . see: Recent Maps, News and Links .

Pace Virtual Environmental Law Library, Ny . (by Robert Goldstein, Pace University School of Law, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603 General tel:(914) 422-4128 email contact: Alta Levat - ) "The Pace Virtual Environmental Law Links provides organized links to primary legal sources on the "information superhighway." Areas: International Law Index, General Agreements, Antarctica , Seas Fish and Fisheries, Air Pollution Control, Climate Change, Hazardous Substances, Nature and Biodiversity, Impact Assessment ."

People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO), Ca e97 . (132 East 12th Street Oakland CA 94606 tel:510.452.2010 fax:510.452.2017 ) "People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO) is a multi-ethnic, multi-issue community organization with more than six hundred low to middle income member families from across Oakland. Our mission is to build the capacity of our members to participate in the economic, social, and civic decisions which affect our lives. PUEBLO is affiliated with the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO). " GIS PROGRESS: "In the spring of 1997, PUEBLO acquired ArcView GIS in order to create a set of GIS maps of East Oakland sites which store, emit, dispose of, or transport toxic or hazardous materials. PUEBLO has more than 400 member families in the area and we have worked on several environmental justice projects in this community. Though nearly 100 years of industrial activity has taken a heavy toll on the predominatly low-income residential communities of East Oakland, little systematic study of the problem of toxics in this area takes place today. With support from gradute students at UC Berkeley and a part-time consulatant, we created an initial set of maps by merging 14 public databases of existing regulatory agencies as well as sites identified through community surveys of more than 500 households. For the first time, residents, public health officials, and policy makers have a comprehensive picture of environmental toxins in the area. No other public, private, or non-profit agency has compiled such information. The system can produce detailed maps according to variables including emission type, potential health risk, and length of potential exposure. New information will be added continuously to the system. We plan to distribute these maps to neighborhood residents, community organizations and other stake holders in the area. The information will assist policy makers in decisions regarding zoning and development and in the allocation of public health resources. Direct service providers can use the information to create new health promotion strategies. Most importantly, residents themselves will have access to vital information about their community and environment. "

Public Interest Research Group .(PIRG) Dc c98 . (218 D Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Tel:202-546-9707 - fax:202-546-2461 "PIRG is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to serving as a watchdog for the nation's citizens and environment. Our campaigns take us wherever necessary to safeguard the public interest: to Congress, to the courts, to corporate boardrooms, to government agencies and to the news media. With hundreds of thousands of members and a staff of policy specialists, U.S.PIRG combines the expertise of professionals with the power of citizens in defense of clean air and water, strong safeguards for consumers, a free and vigorous democracy, and a way of living today that ensures a better quality of life tomorrow. " Don't miss: Colorado Sprawl Action Center with results from GIS research into consequences of sprawl . also State Map of Dirty Air Days, from the PIRG Clean Air Campaign .

Rural Ulster Preservation Company, Inc. Ny e98 . (289 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401 tel:(914) 331-2140 fax:(914)331-6217 GIS contact: Christine M. Kelly ) "Rural Ulster Preservation Company, Inc. (RUPCO) was organized in 1981 for the purpose of creating housing opportunities for low and moderate income households in Ulster County....The purpose of our GIS program is to graphically document conditions in the Midtown East neighborhood of the City of Kingston. This is a neighborhood that was at one time a stable community, with close proximity to commercial and manufacturing jobs. Kingston, like so many northeastern cities, has seen a dramatic loss in decent-paying manufacturing jobs which once brought so much stability to a neighborhood of this type. The neighborhood exhibits the signs of disinvestment - deteriorated housing, absentee landlords, poor appearance of properties - which require a concerted, coordinated effort of bringing financial resources to the neighborhood in order to preserve it as a healthy and integral section of the city. "

Southern Environmental Law Center Inc.Va c98 . (201 W Main St Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA tel:804-977-4090 GIS Contact: Hugh Irwin ) "The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) received a Basic GIS grant from CTSP in 1995. Through its Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition (SAFC) Project, SELC has implemented a GIS-based conservation planning program in the Southern Appalachian region. SAFC is working with numerous grassroots conservation groups to develop conservation plans for core areas of natural habitat in the region and to push for protection and recovery of these areas. SELC/SAFC has built on its 1995 CTSP grant to develop the capabilities and expertise for a strong GIS-based conservation planning program....SELC/SAFC's long term mission includes the development of a network of core biological habitat in the Southern Appalachians. This network of core areas and corridors will support the preservation and recovery of the region's rich biological diversity. Nineteen potential landscape-level core areas centered around public lands have been identified with the aid of grassroots conservation groups throughout the region. Seventeen of these groups are closely allied with SELC/SAFC, sharing its mission and goals. A number of other groups are cooperating on specific conservation projects. The Southern Appalachian Assessment, completed by federal and state agencies in 1996, provided a wealth of GIS data on the region. However, because of its size and complexity, these data were not accessible for most groups. SAFC worked with Dr. Kerry Brooks at Clemson University to process "clipped" GIS coverages from this assessment to make them more usable for our conservation planning purposes and for our grassroots associates. SAFC has produced CD-ROMS containing data sets for each of our 19 conservation areas. We are using these data sets as the basis for development of conservation plans. New data has also been added from ongoing biological inventories, from expert convenings held by SAFC, from special areas identified by grassroots groups, and from our own GIS analysis. Most of our grassroots groups do not have GIS capability. To bring the GIS information to them SAFC has convened numerous individualized workshops with groups throughout the region. We use maps and GIS sessions on computer to get input from grassroots activists. These refinements are incorporated into our conservation planning projects and maps. "

South of Market Foundation, Ca e98 . (965 Mission St, Ste 705, San Francisco, CA 94103 tel:415-512-9676 fax:415-512-9677 GIS contact: Cheryl Ann Parker ) "The South of Market Foundation (SOMF) is a not-for-profit economic development corporation serving San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood. The Foundation's mission is to deliver services to San Francisco's small businesses and to South of Market residents by promoting economic development that creates wealth through long-term and stable employment. ....The South of Market Foundation has used Avenue to develop a GIS-based Affordable Space Locator Service for assisting small businesses to locate and re-locate within the neighborhood. The Foundation would also like to develop a "Neighborhood Buying Cooperative," and a "Neighborhood Job Link," also based on ArcView. These tools aim to strengthen local links within the neighborhood and help the local economy become self-sufficient. We would like to enhance the programs by putting them on the Internet, using the Internet Map Server. " see their Interactive Neighborhood Map .

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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


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