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Arielle King
30:22
Land Acknowledgement Resource: https://usdac.us/nativeland
Arielle King
31:08
Link to webinar series recordings : https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Climate-Change/GC3/Equity%20and%20Environmental%20Justice%20in%20Climate%20Solutions%20Webinar%20Series
Gannon Long
31:52
A jackhammer outside the window! For me today, it's an asphalt cutter.
Arielle King
34:01
The Story Behind the Map, info at https://medium.com/wadepthealth/the-story-behind-a-map-df13ccd1af86 (highlighting role of collaboration)
Abbie Winter she/hers
39:35
What were your outreach strategies to accessibly connect with as many individuals as possible to participate in the listening sessions? Was participation incentivized?
Arielle King
39:41
CalEnviroScreen, at https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen
Marianne Engelman-Lado
42:58
Please feel free to post any questions in this chat.
Steph Stroud
43:00
Wow, this is really incredible work. Are you aware of any similar community-driven mapping efforts happening, specifically along the East Coast?
M Piazza
43:01
@Abbie - Esther can provide more context. But the primary CBO partnered with community based organizations across the state to coordinate listening sessions with community (they were also able to leverage a grant to support part of this outreach). These were in-person listening sessions.
Kathy Fay, NHSofNewHaven; New Hvn Environmental Advisory Council
43:12
Was indoor air quality raised or suggested as another example of pollution? Typically, people consider pollution to only be somewhere outdoors. I would expect that in low income rentals, indoor air quality would be a crucial indicator.
Arielle King
43:50
Article about the map by Esther Min, et al., at https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/22/4470
M Piazza
44:22
@Steph - Yes! Let's raise this in Q & A...
Gannon Long
44:53
indoor air quality - great question Kathy.
M Piazza
45:50
@Kathy - yes, a really rich set of indicators were gathered from community listening sessions. Many are listed in the Map development report linked above. The challenge was having the standard of statewide consistent data...which many indicators we don't have robust data for. Including indoor air.
CAES
46:15
In the state of Washington, I would expect exposure to remaining radioactivity would be a very significant exposure. Was this considered?
Patricia Taylor - EHHI
46:59
Can you discuss your selection of low birth weight and CV issues as the biological indicators you chose rather than other pollution associated indicators like diabetes (endocrine disruption) and asthma?
M Piazza
47:30
@CAES - yes, part of the discussion and absolutely a key legacy EJ issue in WA. While it's not in the map - there are ways of layering additional information on the map to consider other indicators such as this.
pestanae
49:46
Thank you for this presentation- this is extremely helpful.
Kathy Fay, NHSofNewHaven; New Hvn Environmental Advisory Council
51:51
M. Piazza and all - The Buildings subgroup is recommending a statewide database containing data on all buildings (especially residential) which would move us toward a standard of statewide consistent data in thie indoor air quality area.
Arielle King
52:09
EJScreen https://ejscreen.epa.gov/mapper/ (best used on chrome or firefox)
Gannon Long
52:38
Some of the data we already have that could populate that, Kathy, would be from Energize CT - tracking homes where energy efficiency upgrades couldn't happen because of health hazards in the home
pestanae
52:43
the margin of error at the block group level on EJ Screen is probablamatic.
Gannon Long
52:47
as a start, at least
Anthony Cherolis (he/him)
52:57
Hmm. VW settlement. That reminds me that Connecticut was graded D for our use of VW funds to primarily subsidize purchasing new diesel trucks and buses. https://uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/USP%20VW%20Scorecard%20May19.pdf
Anthony Cherolis (he/him)
53:15
By comparison, Washington state was graded A+!
Gannon Long
53:41
@Tony, UConn did get 2 electric buses from that VW $, that they just announced will be run by DOT (through Windham Transit District)
Anthony Cherolis (he/him)
54:16
Itty bittiest of impacts. You're being facetious.
pestanae
54:32
Dattco bus company received VW fund for a school bus in Middletown.
Kathy Fay, NHSofNewHaven; New Hvn Environmental Advisory Council
54:46
that makes 3!
Gannon Long
55:40
I'm not making a comment, just sharing what was reported in the Hartford Business Journal this morning.
Gannon Long
56:01
it does seem Washington managed their VW $ well
Adelheid Koepfer
56:17
can slides be shared please?
Gannon Long
56:59
Wow! So much cleaning up! Outstanding!
pestanae
57:30
Did Washington state use VW funding for staff to support this mapping tool?
Gannon Long
57:57
This is so smart. An up front investment in strategy & mapping can save millions and millions down the road.
Patricia Taylor - EHHI
58:18
This is a great presentation.
Diane Lauricella
58:43
Yes, I hope that this Vulnerable Communities Mapping Tool excercise will include an overlay of the CTDEEP Legacy contaminated sites, Trasnfer Stations and their proximity to EJ Communities
Gannon Long
59:06
agreed, Diane!
Cindy Castevens
59:10
How often do you update the rankings?
Kathy Fay, NHSofNewHaven; New Hvn Environmental Advisory Council
59:47
Go Washington! This is great work and shines a light for us as we move forward.
Mark Mitchell
01:00:20
How much does it cost to develop and maintain the mapping process?
Linda Rudolph
01:00:32
Great presentation, and kudos to Front and Centered and DOH for developing the tool and actually using it effectively in State government.
Gannon Long
01:00:34
Agreed. We should copy this approach as closely as possible. Especially the part where environmental justice is centered and prioritized in all work by the state environmental protection agency.
M Piazza
01:01:37
@Anthony - thanks for that interesting info!
Patricia Taylor - EHHI
01:02:36
I note that the department's name is the Department of Ecology. This is an important frame, and avoids the conflict inherent in being an agency whose purview is instead both the environment and energy.
Diane Lauricella
01:03:26
Terrific presentation! Great find, Marianne! Thank you all!
Gannon Long
01:03:42
yes ecology is a great word to use. Connects human beings to the natural ecosystem.
Anthony Cherolis (he/him)
01:05:48
I'm quite interested in the mapping and ranking used for equity and environmental justice sustainable transportation investments for the cap-and-invest (proposed) Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). One concern of mine is that we'll need to start TCI in 2022 to meet the state's ghg emissions reduction goals. If the mapping and equity/EJ tools aren't ready, it could delay the much needed investments (or delay all of the investments). We have two TCI focused sessions at our Nov 23rd Mutimodal and Transit Summit - https://www.ctprf.org/2020summit/
Linda Rudolph
01:06:04
Two resources from California that might be of interest, both related to the fact that the EJ screening/mapping tools were developed with a focus on cumulative exposure to toxics - extremely important, but not comprehensive with regard to either health inequities/social determinants of health nor climate vulnerability. Asian Pacific Environmental Network assessed various mapping tools to look at climate vulnerability - see https://apen4ej.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/APEN-Mapping_Resilience-Executive_Summary.pdf and found that there are many gaps , but that the Healthy Places Index comes closest to incorporating climate vulneraabiity factors - and identifies gaps for future building on tool like HPI.
M Piazza
01:06:05
@pestanae - No, VW funds are strictly defined in use legally. However, Ecology's air quality team worked with the EJ mapping team to provide air quality data as did a local air agency.
Linda Rudolph
01:06:25
Healthy Places Index: https://healthyplacesindex.org/
Steph Stroud
01:06:48
Do you have a link to the CT Tracker tool?
Adelheid Koepfer
01:06:53
did CT stop measuring air quality (and rely only on very broad EPA data) - how many years ago? LOVE the mapping tool, but it needs data?
Mark Mitchell
01:08:03
Did you consider using EJ Screen as a base for your mapping?
M Piazza
01:08:20
@Anthony - if you email me I can connect you with folks who are wrangling with these same questions in WA. millie.piazza@ecy.wa.gov
Anthony Cherolis (he/him)
01:08:27
Adelheid - CT Air Quality Data still available, but there isn't much granularity. Only one station location in Hartford, #13 asthma capitol in the US. https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Air/Monitoring/Air-Monitoring-Network
Gannon Long
01:10:00
@Adelheid - another step CT could take in addition to expanding the air quality monitors (as Tony points out) would be to better integrate DEEP & Dept of Transportation to add sites - both agencies tracking data together boosts abilities to plan around transportation & pollution.
Gannon Long
01:10:39
only a few sites now are synched up like this according to Tracy Babbidge of DEEP's last presentation on this shortly after COVID, where they were presenting on info about traffic pollution with the travel reduction brought about by the pandemic.
Patricia Taylor - EHHI
01:11:40
Add air quality monitors to the network in Connecticut will add information useful for health and environmental decisions and funding pertaining to solid waste management, climate change, equity and environmental justice, healthier schools, and children's health.
Katherine Freygang
01:13:31
Thank you. This is a wonderful example to present.
Diane Lauricella
01:17:30
Great point Ms. Piazza!
M Piazza
01:20:15
Also, this is a GREAT mapping tool for students - from elementary through graduate level education. For students to explore their communities, and understand disparities...
Anthony Cherolis (he/him)
01:21:57
Friends - Transportation is the biggest ghg emitter in Connecticut, and one of the biggest polluters of our air. We'd love attendees on this session that live or work in CT to take the CT's Transportation Future Survey - https://centerlatino.wufoo.com/forms/cts-transportation-future-survey-fall-2020/
Mary Pelletier
01:22:10
A reminder of the awesome that emerge from leadership dedication (funding) and community collaboration.
pestanae
01:22:54
Florida, South Carolina have developed a vulnerability tools
Gannon Long
01:22:59
that's a great point @Millie Piazza, young people in my experience are VERY interested in learning about and exploring their home communities.
pestanae
01:23:41
Mass and NJ have mapping tools as well. Not as comprehensive as Washington
Cindy Castevens
01:23:45
Can you provide a link to the NC project you mentioned?
Patrick Comins
01:24:24
Thank you. I have to jump on another meeting.
M Piazza
01:24:34
Not sure if the point was made, but EJ mapping and these types of tool are (what I hope) will be a powerful government accountability tool...
Susan Peterson (CT DEEP BWPLR)
01:24:35
Very interesting and informative presentation! Thank you so much!
Val Stori
01:24:46
Can you provide some links to the VT organizations and resources? Thanks, great session!!
Gannon Long
01:24:47
such a valuable presentation. Thanks.
Mary Pelletier
01:25:02
big thanks!
Adelheid Koepfer
01:25:03
thank you all!
Eric Hammerling
01:25:03
Very well done. Thanks!
Diane Hoffman
01:25:04
Excellent!
Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig
01:25:12
Thanks so much!
Kathy Fay, NHSofNewHaven; New Hvn Environmental Advisory Council
01:25:13
Thank you to the speakers and to Marianne!
Peter Zaidel
01:25:18
Phenomenal work, thanks for sharing!
Amy Paterson - CLCC
01:25:19
Terrific! Thank you!
Doug Clark
01:25:21
Thank you!
Starley Arias
01:25:21
Thank you!
Anthony Cherolis (he/him)
01:25:36
And please click to the survey on your way out. https://centerlatino.wufoo.com/forms/cts-transportation-future-survey-fall-2020/
Anthony Cherolis (he/him)
01:25:50
(CT's Transportation Future Survey)