WHAT'S IN YOUR BACKYARD?
Following are websites that allow you to rate your community for environmental hazards. You may be surprised by what you find.
Scorecard is the ultimate source for free and easily accessible local environmental information on the Internet. Simply type in a zip code to find out about local air pollution and explore state-of-the-art interactive maps. Scorecard delivers accurate information on the toxic chemicals released by manufacturing facilities and the health risks of air pollution. It can rank and compare the pollution situation in areas across the US. Scorecard also profiles 6,800 chemicals, making it easy to find out where they are used and how hazardous they are. Using authoritative scientific and government data, Scorecard provides the most up-to-date and extensive collection of environmental information available on the web today. Information is power - once you learn about an environmental problem, Scorecard encourages and enables you to take action - you can fax a polluting company, contact your elected representatives, or volunteer with environmental organizations working in your community.
Community Health Status Indicators Project
In response to requests for health assessment information at the local level, HRSA has funded a collaboration among the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Public Health Foundation (PHF) to publish reports for all 3,082 U.S. counties in the Community Health Status Indicators Web site.
The mission of Health-Track, supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, is to help American families and communities identify and track the links between environmental hazards and illnesses and to provide researchers and public health officials with the necessary tools to prevent disease.