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Environmental Enforcement Watch: Open Data Science for Environmental Justice

Environmental Enforcement Watch (EEW) was a series of online workshops in which environmental activist groups, environmental justice communities, subject area experts, and members of the public were brought together to collaboratively analyze & make actionable data from EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database using data science tools created by EEW. EEW’s goals were:

  1. Draw large-scale public attention to EPA’s widespread lack of environmental enforcement
  2. Bring attention to the relationship between environmental non-enforcement, environmental racism, and other interlocking forms of oppression
  3. Build data efficacy through mutually beneficial relationships between data scientists and communities
  4. Prototype community-oriented structures for environmental data
  5. Inform visions for improved public engagement with federal environmental dataIntroduce participants to data science tools using data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database, help them explore and interpret data relevant to them, and cultivate a community in which they can further develop their skills.
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Kelsey Breseman