Introduction to the Tennessee State University Environmental Justice Community Information Website

Friday, April 18, 2014
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm


This webinar will introduce stakeholders to the Environmental Justice Community Information Website, developed and maintained over the past three years through a partnership between Tennessee State University (TSU) and the U.S. Department of Energy. The primary focus of this webinar is facilitating environmental justice stakeholder participation in community-based research, using online GIS mapping resources. The TSU Environmental Justice Community Information Website gives stakeholders easy access to information regarding their local environments. The website is a one-stop-shop and training portal for several environmental and public health-based websites with mapping functions, including the EPA's Environmental Justice Viewer, the National Institute of Health TOXMAP website, the Environmental Defense Fund's Scorecard site and several others. Participants will be led through tutorials for accessing geospatial data from each site. The tutorials are designed make searches as user-friendly as possible, especially for less “computer literate” stakeholders. While there is now a wealth of community-based geospatial data available, some of the interfaces may be difficult to navigate for those with limited computer experience. The online GIS mapping tools hosted by many of the new sites offer excellent opportunities for stakeholders to visualize the scope of environmental issues impacting their lives; however, they may need support in using the tools effectively. The facilitator will provide guidance to enable even novice researches to obtain pertinent community data from all available online portals. Webinar participants will be asked to evaluate the efficacy of the site by completing a brief survey instrument. They will be asked to share their familiarity with online GIS mapping sites in general, and those on the TSU Environmental Justice Community Information Website, specifically. At present, there is little knowledge of what percentage of the users of the many mapping sites are “grassroots” stakeholders. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the majority of users are government agencies and academic researchers.


David A. Padgett, PhD
David A. Padgett is an Associate Professor of Geography, and Director of the Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) Laboratory at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Padgett is a National Weather Service (NWS) Certified “Advanced Storm Spotter,” and has served as TSU’s Point of Contact and Lead Trainer for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment program.

Webinar Presentation

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Webinar Video


  • Overview and Introductions
  • Introduction to the Tennessee State University Environmental Justice Community Information Website
  • Q&A Session
  • Wrap up


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