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Utilization of the Maryland Environmental Justice Screening Tool: A Bladensburg, Maryland Case Study

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Public Health Science Program, University of Maryland, 255 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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Environmental Science and Technology Department, University of Maryland, 1451 Animal Science Bldg, College Park, MD 20742-2315, USA
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Department of Psychology, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081, USA
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Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland, 255 Valley Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(3), 348; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030348
Received: 21 November 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 22 January 2019 / Published: 26 January 2019
Maryland residents’ knowledge of environmental hazards and their health effects is limited, partly due to the absence of tools to map and visualize distribution of risk factors across sociodemographic groups. This study discusses the development of the Maryland EJSCREEN (MD EJSCREEN) tool by the National Center for Smart Growth in partnership with faculty at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The tool assesses environmental justice risks similarly to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) EJSCREEN tool and California’s tool, CalEnviroScreen 3.0. We discuss the architecture and functionality of the tool, indicators of importance, and how it compares to USEPA’s EJSCREEN and CalEnviroScreen. We demonstrate the use of MD EJSCREEN through a case study on Bladensburg, Maryland, a town in Prince George’s County (PG) with several environmental justice concerns including air pollution from traffic and a concrete plant. Comparison reveals that environmental and demographic indicators in MD EJSCREEN most closely resemble those in EPA EJSCREEN, while the scoring is most similar to CalEnviroScreen. Case study results show that Bladensburg has a Prince George’s environmental justice score of 0.99, and that National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) air toxics cancer risk is concentrated in communities of color. View Full-Text
Keywords: EJSCREEN; geographic information systems; environmental justice; CalEnviroScreen; vulnerable populations EJSCREEN; geographic information systems; environmental justice; CalEnviroScreen; vulnerable populations
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Driver, A.; Mehdizadeh, C.; Bara-Garcia, S.; Bodenreider, C.; Lewis, J.; Wilson, S. Utilization of the Maryland Environmental Justice Screening Tool: A Bladensburg, Maryland Case Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 348. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030348

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Driver A, Mehdizadeh C, Bara-Garcia S, Bodenreider C, Lewis J, Wilson S. Utilization of the Maryland Environmental Justice Screening Tool: A Bladensburg, Maryland Case Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(3):348. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030348

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Driver, Aubree, Crystal Mehdizadeh, Samuel Bara-Garcia, Coline Bodenreider, Jessica Lewis, and Sacoby Wilson. 2019. "Utilization of the Maryland Environmental Justice Screening Tool: A Bladensburg, Maryland Case Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 3: 348. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030348

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