2019 Blog

GIS for Social Justice

October 17, 2019 GISMap

One of the most interesting and eye-opening parts of the course for me was seeing examples of maps being used to perpetuate racism and injustice, including the federal government mapping out land grants to white settlers on Native American land, real estate maps that list minority communities as hazardous and unworthy of mortgages, and political district maps that divide up racial groups to dilute their political power.  


The Micro-mobility Wave

May 30, 2019IMG_3990

The Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Program’s mission is to teach students about environmental justice issues and gain leadership in community activism skills. The program is part of InterimCDA, a pillar in the Chinatown-International District that advances social justice and equity for low income, Asian and Pacific Islanders, immigrant, and refugee communities. 


Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 28, 2019 IMG_0012

API Heritage Month Celebration marks the beginning of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month of May. The annual event occurs at the Seattle Center at the beginning of May celebrating the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Pacific Islanders through art, music, and dance.


Youth Vote for Environmental Justice

April 18, 2019YMCAWorkshop

The YMCA of Greater Seattle’s Earth Service Corps is youth-led program that empowers students to take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world. Each year, the Earth Service Corps holds their annual symposium, bringing together high school-aged environmental leaders from around the region. 


Air Quality Curriculum in Third Grade

March 5, 2019WAGreenSchoolsPa

Our partnership with Washington Green Schools began with the work with our monitoring site at Pioneer Elementary in Auburn. The Auburn-Algona-Pacific engagement team started thinking about how to further community work with the monitoring site. They thought about creating a science-based curriculum with elementary teachers about clean air, sustainability, and health impacts of pollution.