MapEcos – mapping US industrial pollution

Students and faculty at 3 leading US business schools, Duke (Fuqua), Harvard, and Dartmouth, have launched a site called MapEcos, which utilizes the Google Maps-based Mapmundi Mapping Platform interface to map data that are regularly collected on air quality and chemical emissions from more than 20,000 industrial sites in the US. While the map entries show what and how much industrial sites are releasing, the project is focused on telling both sides of the story, especially companies and sites are have not only reduced the amount of their emissions, but also reduced the levels of toxicity. Air quality is a crucial environmental issues, and tools like MapEcos can help show what works and what doesn’t in terms of reducing industrial pollution, and also help raise awareness about how industries in our own backyards are impacting the environment.



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