Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool to Assess Environmental and Public Health Needs Statewide Input

Gov. Evers recently announced a new initiative to develop the Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool (WEET), an online portal for accessing, analyzing, and visualizing data so users can pinpoint Wisconsin's most impacted communities, identify the environmental and health challenges, and prioritize investments to continue building healthy, resilient communities. Four state agencies are developing the tool in consultation with other partners and community members.

Once completed, government and tribal agencies, community-based organizations, and the public will be able to use the screening and mapping tool to better understand the challenges communities face from pollution, a changing climate, socioeconomic factors, and other environmental and health hazards. The tool can be used for a variety of purposes, including: policy and program planning, funding prioritization for investment and interventions, community health assessments, grant proposals, community awareness and organizing efforts, and more.


Provide input on tool development at November public listening sessions

Your voice on this issue is really important and we want to hear from you! We want to ensure the screening and mapping tool reflects your real-world experiences, especially people from Wisconsin's communities of color, low-income communities, rural communities, tribal nations, and immigrant communities who are often burdened with the greatest environmental and health consequences and inequities. We want to learn about your community's successes, challenges, and needs, as well as what you hope to see in the new tool. There are several ways you can share your experiences and ideas:

Register below for one of three virtual, public listening sessions in November. (Please note that each session date has a unique registration link.) You can participate on Zoom online or call in using a toll-free phone number. Interpretation for the listening sessions is available by request in Spanish, Hmong and American Sign Language.

Tuesday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 4, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m.

2. Provide input in an online survey.

3. Send written comments or questions to EnvEquity@wedc.org.

4. Attend a meeting of the WEET Advisory Committee once it’s formed in 2022.

Additional in-person listening session may be scheduled once it is safer to meet indoors. You can stay up to date on new information, future input sessions, and other project updates through this WEET e-newsletter.


Learn more about environmental equity screening and mapping tools

Visit our WEET website, hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, to learn more about environmental equity and justice screening and mapping tools or check out tools from these states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA):

Washington State

California

Maryland

U.S. EPA

These states and U.S. EPA included economic, social, environmental, climate change, health, and other relevant data that is easily accessible. Information on potential data that may be included in Wisconsin's Environmental Equity Tool is listed on the WEET website. Public input throughout the project will help shape the tool design, identify additional data needs and data analysis solutions, as well continuous improvements and upgrades over time. 

 

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