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The Mapping Environmental Justic workshop took place on October 11, 2019, at the University of Minnesota's Wilson Library in the Research Collaborative Studio. Opportunities for presentations to be viewed via Zoom for the University of Minnesota Morris and University of Minnesota Duluth audiences were also available.


 Aerial photo of Saltan Sea; wind farm in plowed field; worshipers praying at holy spring in Bali

 “Environmental justice” has been a popular buzzword in social science research in recent years. The concept has been used to examine issues ranging from disaster relief and climate change to food security. To start understanding environmental justice, we need to think through historically rooted understandings of environmental issues to help imagine radical solutions.

This workshop is for everyone interested in topic such as community development, politics, racism, civil rights, industrialism, food security, or environmental discrimination. Spatial relationships help to define factors that diminish social equity, environmental safety, and ultimately, quality of life. Mapping Environmental Justice offers perspectives from invited speakers who will share their scholarly work surrounding the intersection of the environment and equity, as well as opportunities for participants to learn story mapping, and spatial data availability.

Focusing on this topic of environmental justice, we call on all faculty, staff, students, and community partners to participate. Bring your talent and curiosity to apply an interdisciplinary approach to further explore the spatial context of environmental justice. This all-day event is designed to bring people together into working groups based on common themes (defined by the workshop participants). To compliment the participant expertise brought to the workshop, working groups will also have the support of library, mapping, and data science experts to help gather, create, and organize the spatial components. Working groups that develop from this event are eligible to receive an award for completed projects.

Workshop Schedule

8:30 Registration
9:00 Presentations & discussion
10:15 Networking break (refreshments & snacks provided)
10:45 Spatial data lightning talks
11:30 Topics discussion & working group formation
12:15 Lunch on your own
1:30 Group work time
3:00 Wrap up


Jean O’Brien and Kevin Murphy, “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice," Presentation Slides

Jessica Hellmann, “The Influence of International Migration on the Vulnerability of People to Climate Change,” Presentation Slides

Nfamara K. Dampha, "Home Value: Social & Economic Analysis of Black Wealth in Nassau County, Florida," Presentation Slides

Kathryn Milun, “Sharing The Sun's Commonwealth: Designing A DIY Mapping Tool for Siting Low-income Community Trust Solar Ownership & Co-governance (Solar Commons),” Presentation Slides

Spatial Data Lightning TalkPresentation Slides

Spatial Data Lightning Talks

Learn more about spatial data resources from experts that create and/or disseminate spatial data. Short presentations and demonstrations will be given of the following resources:


Borchert Map Library Tours

Take a tour of the map collections located in the Borchert Map Library. Sign up on the registration form if you are interested. Tour will begin at 1:00 pm.  


This event is sponsored by Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)U-SpatialLiberal Arts Technologies & Innovation Services (LATIS)Digital Arts, Science & Humanities (DASH), and University Libraries.


Contact U-Spatial with any questions,