Community Input on State Environmental Justice Screening Tools

June 2022
ELR 10441
Laura Grier, Delia Mayor, Brett Zeuner, and Paul Mohai

A number of environmental justice screening tools and processes have been developed across the United States in an effort to identify communities experiencing environmental injustice. These tools combine environmental and demographic data sets, layer them over a map, and present the map in a web-based format. This Comment presents findings from a broader research endeavor, conducted in partnership with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, that built a Michigan-specific environmental justice screening tool, and provides recommendations for state governments interested in developing environmental justice screening tools.

Laura Grier works for an environmental philanthropy focused on climate and clean energy. Delia Mayor is a Senior Research Associate at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Brett Zeuner is the Manager of the Environmental Equity Program at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Paul Mohai is Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, a member of the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, and Lead Investigator on a project to advance development and use of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EJSCREEN.

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Community Input on State Environmental Justice Screening Tools

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