Policy Applications of the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map

Policy Applications of the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map

Key Points

  • In Washington, state and local agencies are starting to use environmental impacts mapping for investments, policies, and program decisions.
  • The new Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map is a science-based tool that combines data on pollution and vulnerability to pollution to compare the cumulative impacts for Washington communities statewide.
  • The Map has many applications, including designating communities with cumulative impacts, prioritizing resources, hiring, and enforcement; and ¬†improving land use regulation, public participation and accountability, and data accuracy.
  • States like California have used a similar cumulative impacts map to prioritize billions of dollars in environmental investments and to improve the effectiveness of their policies.

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