Pollution Vulnerability and People of Color

Pollution Burden, Vulnerability, and People of Color
Client:   The City Project

The City Project focuses on the needs of people of color and underserved communities generally, and GreenInfo has been their mapping partner for many years. Looking at new environmental pollution data, The City Project asked GreenInfo to develop a visualization that could be used for presentation.

People of  color are subject to more pollution.  Using the CalEnviroScreen data for pollution burden and vulnerability alongside Census demographics shows diverse communities are impacted more by pollution and are more vulnerable to its effects. 

GreenInfo expected the a correlation of poverty, underserved communities, and pollution, but we were surprised to see the figures so clearly show the connection. We designed the bar chart to be up top and visually striking - the simple graphic allows readers to see the results before focusing in on the details on the map.

Results: Using readily available geographic data, GreenInfo Network was able to show a clear correlation between pollution and under-served communities.

Focus:   Environment, Public Health, Social Justice/Equity  

Services:  GIS Services, Maps 

Tags:   California, Esri ArcGIS  

“ This is the most dramatic map we have produced!”

—  Robert Garcia, Executive Director, The City Project

Project Years: 2014

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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