We make a lot of online maps and tools for our clients, and most of them are publicly available. Not surprisingly, most our clients’ work is spatially specific — they need to know basic facts about particular places. And maybe you do too! So one or more of these tools might be just the thing to answer your questions. Or raise questions you didn’t know to ask.

1. Does a city, county, or legislative district in California have enough parks?

Working with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, we developed a tool that allows you to get basic park equity stats and a downloadable report for any California city, county, congressional district, state senate district, or state assembly district. Check out the parks equity map.

2. What are the basic demographics and parks adequacy within a half-mile radius of any point in California?

Another tool we built for State Parks allows you to drop a pin anywhere in California and get a few key statistics for a 1-mile circle centered on that point. You can download a PDF report with the same data. This can be useful for project site analysis to understand how many people live within a 10-minute walk of a project site, and how much those nearby households earn. Search the Community FactFinder.

3. What parks are in any city in California? What do those parks look like?

As part of our work on the California Protected Areas Database, we built a map that you can use to get a list and map of every park in any city, county, or legislative district in California. You can also filter parks by agency. Clicking on a park allows you to zoom to that park and open a panel with Google Streetview and Bing aerial imagery, great for seeing park facilities and vegetation. Try out the calands.org map. 

You can also use ParkInfo.org for rapid park searching without agency and city filters, or CaliParks.org to find parks by activity and see thousands of Instagram photos posted from within California’s 14,000 parks.

4. What the’s the status of gender equity and women’s health and well-being in any county in California?

The California Budget and Policy Center hired us in December 2015 to develop a visualization for a remarkable dataset they had assembled: the first county-level survey of how well women are doing across a wide array of metrics, from health outcomes to pay equity and political representation.
You can select any county and download a full PDF report of the statistics. See the Women’s Well-being Index.

5. What’s the pollution burden, park equity, and poverty level for any part of Los Angeles county?

As part of a much larger project to support the Los angeles County Parks Needs analysis, we built lanaviewer.com, which provides instant access to a range of environmental and equity indicators in the nation’s second-largest metropolis. For work in LA, this tool will give you immediate insight into how issues of income, race, pollution, and parks access overlap.

6. How are the proceeds from California’s Cap and Trade market being spent in any location in the state?

California’s landmark climate change cap and trade system has generated funds to be spent on carbon reduction projects across the state. Oakland-based nonprofit TransForm hired us to build an interactive project map and dashboard you can use to filter projects by region, county, topic, and more. Try the Climate Benefits map.

7. How much protected land is in any state, county, city, or congressional district nationwide?

Protectedlands.net, developed as a companion website to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Protected Areas Database of the United States site, provides powerful tools for mapping and analyzing protected lands both nationally and locally. You can filter protected areas by ownership type, access level, and several other parameters. You can also generate reports for protected lands within cities, counties, and congressional districts or based on radial searches of various extents, from ¼-mile to 50 miles. One caveat: As shown on the Partners map and profiles, many states have incomplete and outdated data, so use this feature with some caution. But that partners map will also connect you to the data steward for whatever state you’re interested in.

8. Globally, what areas have similar climate, precipitation, or USDA hardiness as any state or ecoregion in the U.S.?

For Sustainable Conservation and the PlantRight team, we developed a map to help plant scientists find where in the world has similar climate conditions to any selected state or ecoregion in the United States. The core use is to help commercial nurseries avoid selling new invasive weeds. But perhaps you need a first-pass look to understand where certain human health issues might emerge based on temperature and precipitation, or perhaps certain climate resilience solutions depend on local conditions. Use the PRE ClimateMatch map to find those global matches.

9. What newly proposed global energy and other development projects might threaten human rights?

We worked with the International Accountability Project to develop this Early Warning System to highlight development projects funded by Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). Those projects are intended to help developing countries. But sometimes they can have negative impacts on the environment, on local economics, and on human lives.

10. What’s the location of every known coal plant in China (and other countries as well)?

With End Coal’s coal tracker, you can get national maps of coal plants and zoom in on aerial imagery to actually see those plants in context. For activists working on climate change issues globally, this site is invaluable for getting the lay of the land.
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