Mapping Environmental Equity
Over the past several months, USEC has developed an environmental and socioeconomic analysis of localized climate change within the City of Richmond. To identify environmental inequity, we've followed past models from other municipalities. These models are exploratory in nature, utilizing a wide range of existing data sets to examine relationships or vulnerabilities that might exist between community attributes and local environmental conditions:
Heat: land surface temperature values (LST), urban heat island index based on LST
Environmental: impervious surfaces, vegetation, tree canopy
Socioeconomic & Demographic: race/ethnicity, income, educational attainment
Adaptive Capacity: age of homes, public green spaces, access to air conditioning
Public Health: disability, asthma prevalence, population above 65
If you don't see one of the above datasets available currently on our GIS site, we'll be bringing it online soon. By expanding access to this geographic information, USEC hopes to improve our collective understandings of the cities in which we live, and also create a foundation through which communities are better equipped to build collaborative sustainability solutions that driven by the desires and needs of local residents. The priority groups we've identified demonstrate both environmental and socioeconomic attributes which might suggest higher levels of local environmental inequity.
Explore USEC's preliminary environmental equity dataset through the ArcGIS and Tableau portals below.