Environment

underground mineCommunity well-being depends not only on built infrastructures (e.g., housing, utilities, roadways), but also the ecological systems that sustain long-term interactions of soil, water, plants, animals, and humans. Indicators developed to measure land cover and water quality -- examples of the interdependence between the built and natural systems -- are powerful signs of overall environmental well-being. Changes in land cover and water quality can affect ecosystem health which in turn affects quality of community life. Forms of energy extraction, production, and consumption rank high among drivers of land cover change and related impacts on water quality.

fishing2These tools provide you with data to compare amounts and kinds of energy resource extraction in relation to quantities of energy and water consumed. Note, the tools do not prove that there is a causal correlation according to scholarly standards of statistical significance

(This beta version of website only includes coal datasets. Datasets for the other listed energy sources will be included after the initial review and collaborator input).

Maps

Resources

Energy Consumption

Water Consumption

Energy and Water Consumption

Click on "select variable" on upper right hand side of map, to toggle between data on energy and water consumption at the state level in 2010. Cumulative coal production shown from 1983-2013. TO GET METRICS FOR ONE STATE, CLICK ON THAT STATE.

METADATA: Coal production data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (downloaded from Historical detailed coal production data (1983-2014) under "Production" tab on http://www.eia.gov/coal/data.cfm. All data used in these indices come from official U.S. government sources—the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have downloaded the datasets from the Measure of America (http://www.measureofamerica.org/maps/)

Please send us feedback, using the Participatory Design page,  about additional indicators for which you would like to see data. Indicators currently under consideration include:

  • reclamation costs (official)
  • reclamation/remediation (actual costs)
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • water quality
  • forest cover
    • types and locations
    • amount of loss
  • land cover (grasslands, shrublands, pastures, and herbaceous wetlands)
    • extent and distribution
    • protected farm and ranch land
  • biodiversity
    • endangered species
    • changes in populations of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
    • species observed
  • resource consumption
  • environmental performance
  • ecosystem health
  • toxic releases
    • carcinogens
    • lead
    • mercury
    • dioxin