Environmental Justice

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Environmental justice: All people—regardless of race, color, national origin, or income—are entitled to equal protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

We Track That

The Environmental Public Health Tracking Network gathers data and information that are needed to make decisions about our environment and our health, including personal, community, regulatory, and public health decisions. The Tracking Network allows users to identify demographic factors, environmental burdens, socioeconomic conditions, and public health concerns directly related to environmental justice.

Using Tracking Network data,

  • Scientists are better able to assess the connections between the environment and its effect on health.
  • Public health professionals can easily assess unusual trends and events to determine which communities may be at risk.
  • Elected officials can make more informed policy decisions.
  • Everyone can learn more about how the environment may affect their health.

Types of Data

The Tracking Network presents environmental health data in customizable maps, charts, and tables. Users can add layers to maps, including real-time data (current radar, surface smoke, active Atlantic cyclones, and transportation noise) and points of interest such as day care centers, landfills, parks, power plants, public schools, and runways.

Data Highlight
Example side-by-side comparison view of environmental, health effect, and socio-demographic data on Tracking's Data Explorer tool.

Example side-by-side comparison view of environmental, health effect, and socio-demographic data on Tracking’s Data Explorer tool.

EJ Efforts Across the Country

CDC funds 26 state and local health departments to develop their own tracking networks, which feed into the national Tracking Network. Several of these tracking programs are working closely with their environmental justice communities and have created tools and resources specifically for their jurisdictions.

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Explore Environmental Justice Data
Data Explorer
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Create custom data visualizations, save, & share results

Quick Reports
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View data in simple charts

API
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Access machine-readable data

Page last reviewed: February 24, 2021