New Content from Columbia University Now Available!

Posted by paniello-esristaff Employee in Peter Aniello’s Blog on Jul 14, 2015 10:49:04 AM

Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) has just published six new data layers in the Landscape for Contributors group in ArcGIS Online.  These layers contain information on hazardous waste sites, global human footprint, emissions, roads, population, and the world’s remaining wild areas.  This data is free to use.  Look for additional data from CIESIN in the Landscape for Contributors group in the upcoming months!

EPA Tool: Where Poverty and Pollution Intersect
July 14, 2015

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Open up the Environmental Protection Agency’s new EJSCREEN tool, click into the map and pull up your neighborhood. Are you exposed to higher then average amounts of particulate matter? Or are you close to bunch of Superfund sites ridden with hazardous waste? And how do those environmental factors overlap with the demographic breakdown of your block?

 EJSCREEN, which anyone can use through the EPA’s website, pulls in the agency’s pollution data and intersects it with census data, so users concretely see where groups and industries are being particularly destructive to the environment, and where people are being disproportionately exposed to pollution. It overlays 12 environmental indicators, such as air particulate matter, lead paint and proximity to waterway dischargers, with six demographic indicators, including low income populations and percent minority.

The maps are color coded to reflect different levels of pollution, with grey at one of the spectrum representing minimal levels of discharge to bright red at the other for the highest ones. For example, an area in South Seattle, which is in the 80th percentile for minority popluations, is also in the 80th percentile for ozone pollution, and the 90th for water pollution discharge. The map is splashed yellow and red in that neighborhood. The surroundings areas, which are less than 50 percent minority, have much lower rates of both kinds of pollution.

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How Walgreens Keeps a #HealthyBiz

By Meghan Karavidas, Esri

Walgreens, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, is the largest drugstore chain in the United States. Stores are located within five miles of 75 percent of the US population, offering prescriptions, grocery and gift items, photo printing services and beauty products.

Walgreens built spatial analytics capabilities into their business processes using ArcGIS for Server. An Enterprise Location Intelligence team within the corporate strategy organization was put together to help with GIS-related projects in partnership with other business divisions throughout the company.

GIS has helped the company adapt successfully to changing market conditions and be primed to grow. The team helps to fine-tune store location and product mixes by understanding individual market needs. The result has been the first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being organization with a combined business operating in more than 25 countries and increased sales by 35%.

To learn more, watch the video.