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WEDC Seeks Proposals for Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool Development

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is seeking qualified consultants to build a tool that will analyze and visualize data online specific to Wisconsin so government, tribal entities, community-based organizations, and the public can pinpoint our most impacted communities and better understand the environmental and health equity challenges they face.

Four state agencies are developing a new assessment tool called the Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool (WEET) to better understand impacts from pollution, a changing climate, poverty, other socioeconomic factors, and other environmental and public health hazards. WEET will analyze and visualize data in an online map to help pinpoint communities in Wisconsin that face environmental and public health challenges. Local, regional, and state government agencies, as well as community members, nonprofits, public health organizations, elected officials, and others will be able to use this information to help create healthy, resilient communities for all.

Environmental equity broadly refers to the protection from environmental hazards and access to environmental benefits for all. Environmental equity requires addressing the disproportionately high environmental and public health impacts that many communities experience from pollution, a changing climate, poverty, socioeconomic factors, and other environmental and public health hazards.

Deliverables for the project include:

  1. An Environmental Equity Index.
  2. An interactive map that allows users to visualize and compare data sets, including a geospatial layer of the Environmental Equity Index, with the ability to download associated data sets per scope of services.
  3. Creation of 4-7 additional web mapping applications (i.e., StoryMaps) that pull-out narrative explanations for users to learn about specific environmental equity issues.
  4. Provide technical assistance materials to help educate end-users how to use the Environmental Equity Index and Tool per scope of services.

All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing to Marcy West by February 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm CT.  Proposals are due by February 17th, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. CT.

Source: WEDC