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Environmental Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Jean Lavigne, Environmental Studies


Environmental problems are not confined to political boundaries and tend to impact population beyond their sources, yet some communities are more impacted than others. This GIS project calculates a Cumulative Impact (CI) Score of environmental hazards for each neighborhood in Minneapolis based on the following four measures: environmental effects, public health effects, sensitive populations, socioeconomic factors. The higher the CI score, the more environmentally burdened a neighborhood is. The scope of this GIS project is limited and it is the hope of many environmental organizations in Minnesota that Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will take the lead and develop a more scientific and comprehensive mapping tool for Twin Cities and beyond. An effective mapping tool for Minnesota will not only help policy makers attend to the needs of the most impacted but also help community members become more educated, informed and empowered to better their living environments.