Statewide community engagement and project management to develop an open-access mapping tool for environmental justice

In an effort to help remedy disproportionate impacts of environmental health hazards, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is developing Colorado EnviroScreen.  The interactive open-access environmental health mapping will enable users to identify communities that have a disproportionate burden of health or environmental harm.  The intended outcome is that policy makers and activists will be able to identify and drive support toward equity-driven interventions so that everyone in Colorado has the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards.  

The CSU team includes David Rojas from Environmental Health who is leading methodology and supporting engagement efforts and Dan Carver from the Geospatial Centroid who is leading the software development using the R Shiny platform.  IBE is leading the project management for the tool development and leading the design and analysis of interviews, focus groups, and public meetings.

EnviroScreen (Denver, CO)

Key Outcomes

  • Develop an environmental justice mapping tool that meets the needs of diverse users
  • Gather community input in a way that builds public trust and empowers communities to become involved in policy and decision-making