On December 8, 2016, The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) convened several Indianapolis/Marion County stakeholders for a conversation on environmental disparities in Indianapolis. The Polis Center and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health collaborated to present data to inform the conversation. Jay Smirat and Dr. Yi Wang with Fairbanks presented their work on the creation of an environmental index and maps to assess neighborhood vulnerability and environmental burden. Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics at the Polis Center at IUPUI, discussed the intersection of environmental burden and socio-economic indicators for identifying potential environmental justice concerns.
In addition, Dr. Paul Mullins, Professor in Anthropology at IUPUI, presented the history of Indianapolis neighborhoods and industry, and David Hirschl, City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, presented the state of the city’s work on environmental justice issues. Indra Frank, MD, MPH, HEC Environmental Health Director, closed the presentation with policy options for urban environmental justice from other cities for consideration in our local context. The community conversation will continue in February and April 2017.
To view the presentation of SAVI’s socio-economic data, click here. The environmental burden data and other relevant maps via the Multi-Layer Data Community Action Tool (created by IU Fairbanks School of Public Health as part of its Healthy Environment and Community Assessment Partnership) are available at the HECAP website: www.HECAP.net
Established in 1986, the Hoosier Environmental Council is Indiana’s leading educator and advocate for environmental issues and policies, protecting the forests, groundwater, and lakes throughout the state. Its efforts seek solutions and alternatives to reduce the footprint of industry, commerce and agriculture on the environment.
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) is offering three free one-hour workshops to help guide you in the best ways to use the new digital tool IndyVitals, which measures the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County.
Designed by The Polis Center and powered by the SAVI community information system, IndyVitals was commissioned by the Plan 2020 Initiative to help community and civic leaders, non-profit and philanthropic partners, and others working to improve neighborhoods easily identify the diverse strengths and challenges across Indy. The goal is to focus resources and investments in ways that are most relevant to the true needs of Indy’s communities.
Workshops are scheduled for: August 22 from 12-1 PM, august 24, 6-7 PM, and September 14, 6-7 PM at INRC, 708 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Register here or call 317.920.0330.
Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, City of Indianapolis, will explain the philosophy behind IndyVitals, how neighborhoods were grouped into neighborhood areas, and provide an in-depth demonstration of how to use IndyVitals to learn more about your community.
Tune in to No Limits and John Krull, Director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, on Tuesday, July 8, on 90.1. WFYI Public Radio and online to hear Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics and SAVI, talk about the new online neighborhood tool IndyVitals! Other guests include Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, Dept. of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis, and Steven Meyer, Executive Director, King Park Development Corporation.
IndyVitals, which is powered by SAVI, has been getting some legs with the media recently! Other mentions include:
- IndyVitals was featured on the front page of the Indy Star Friday, July 1, and online here. This is the third time a Polis project has been featured on p. 1 (Encyclopedia of Indianapolis and Spirit & Place were the others.)
- Kandris was featured in FOX59 interviews discussing the IndyVitals on June 29;
- Channel 6 taped the June 30 SAVI Talks! event which included an interview with Kandris;
- Ric Burrous with IU Communications is interviewing Kandris about the IndyVitals tool for the July Insights to Innovation newsletter, Innovate Indiana’s monthly e-newsletter for economic development and technology commercialization information.
- Sam Stall with the IUPUI alumni magazine has published the article, By the Numbers. The piece focuses on two areas at IUPUI that deal with Big Data: the Polis Center’s SAVI program and how it helps individuals and organizations identify patterns, assets, gaps, and trends in a variety of ways and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health.