I recently published a short article about my use of PolicyMap to teach environmental justice in the classroom.  Students can quickly see how environmental burdens and health disparities are deeply connected to race, class, and geography, and the maps allow students to see how the social issues are lived out in space. The cloud-based, GIS software is very easy to use and accessible, and requires no training in geography to make powerful maps of the social conditions that we often discuss out of their (important) geo-spatial contexts.  Download the article here:

The Geography of Environmental (In)Justice

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