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State agencies to host virtual listening sessions for Wisconsin environmental equity dashboard

October 28, 2021
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Community listening sessions to be held Nov. 2, 4, and 6

MADISON, WI. OCT. 28, 2021 – Gov. Tony Evers recently announced that four state agencies and partnering organizations are developing the Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool (WEET), a public health and environmental equity mapping dashboard.

The collaboration between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Administration (DOA), Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is designed to locate and compare public health and environmental impacts across the state.

The dashboard will allow community members, government and elected officials, public health professionals and nonprofits to pinpoint Wisconsin’s communities most impacted by environmental, public health and climate vulnerability. This information will also help identify environmental challenges and prioritize funding to build healthy, resilient communities.

The sessions are also an opportunity for state agencies to connect directly with underserved communities often facing the greatest environmental and health consequences, including Tribal Nations, communities of color and low-income families. Agency staff and environmental health experts will facilitate the sessions’ small group discussions.

Wisconsin is joining other states in applying technology like the WEET dashboard to reduce health and environmental inequities. Other states such as California, Maryland and Washington have all created environmental justice screening and mapping tools.

LISTENING SESSION DETAILS

  • Join the Nov. 2 session from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.via Zoom here.
  • Join the Nov. 4 session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom here.
  • Join the Nov. 6 session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom here.

Registration is encouraged but not required.

Spanish and Hmong interpretation for the listening sessions will be offered by request. In-person listening sessions may be scheduled in the future when it is safe to gather indoors.

Those unable to attend the scheduled listening sessions are encouraged to provide written comments and sign up for project news here.

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