Conducting a Community and Stakeholder Assessments

  1. Begin a search for stakeholders and information about the community in the offices of city government beginning with the mayor’s office.
  2. Request contact information and introductions to applicable divisions including an introduction to city council members, especially in the target communities.
    1. In community and economic development offices—Request contact information and introductions to community groups in the target communities.
    2. In environment and health offices—Request contact information and introductions to Brownfield ARC grantees, and redevelopment and associated cleanup project managers. Inquire about public hearings to announce plans for the proposed Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. Document participation in all public meetings.
  3. Visit faith-based and civic organizations in the target communities to request contact information for possible stakeholders and partners.

RESOURCES

EPA EJ Screening and Mapping Tool

EPA has a powerful tool called the EJ Screening and Mapping Tool (EJSCREEN). This comprehensive and detailed tool can be used to characterize nearly any neighborhood to provide location, demographic, and environmental data in detail.

The mapping tool uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience.

EJSCREEN can highlight communities with greater risk of exposure to pollution based on eight pollution and environmental indicators including particulate matter, and proximity to traffic and Superfund sites. These indicators are combined with demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Five-year Summary Survey enabling users to identify areas with minority or low-income populations who also face potential pollution issues.

Cleanups in My Community

Cleanups in My Community allows users to map and list hazardous waste cleanup locations and grant areas. The website includes details about those cleanups, and provides information on grants and additional related information.