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MapCruzin is an independent firm specializing in innovative Geographic Information System (GIS) projects, environmental and sociodemographic research, website development and hosting. In 1996 we created the first U.S. based interactive toxic chemical facility maps on the internet and we have been online ever since.

Our lives and those of all living things on this earth are at a turning point. We believe that to plan for an equitable and just future, we must analyze present inequalitites through an historical lense to assure that they are never repeated again.

Our specific focus is on environmental justice and equality especially as it pertains to pollution, climate change, peak oil, energy, water, housing, food and technology. We look forward to working with groups as we look towards reinventing our economies, cultures and societies in an equitable and just manner.

Our hope is that our efforts will help speed you on your journey of re-imagining our relationships with each other and the earth.

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Google Earth and Google Maps project development. Please take a look at our latest project - ToxicRisk.com. It is a custom in-house Google Maps mashup of toxic chemical releases and schools in the U.S. There are over 100,000 data point and more to come. We are very pleased with its performance.
Specialized Learn2Map GIS Tutorials made to your specifications.
Community or regional based GIS toxic inventories. Our TRI explorer is a simple example based on Google Maps. An earlier, but more detailed version is our SVTC EcoMaps.
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Fast! In most cases we can obtain a domain name, setup email, and create and host a simple website for you in a matter of hours.
Custom GIS projects using free software that non-GIS people can easily use to view geospatial data of your choice.
Custom GIS shapefiles.
Environmental justice research and mapping.

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EPA released the latest Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data March 19, 2009. We'll be adding TRI shapefiles very soon. See our ToxicRisk.com and our Google Earth TRI maps for more information.

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We believe that each of us has the right to know about the quality of the environment where we live, work, play and raise our families. Armed with this information, families, developers, realtors, local, state, tribal and federal governments can work in partnership to build healthy and safe communities.

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What is MapCruzin? Simply put, our mission is to provide the information, tools, resources and expertise to enhance personal growth and knowledge and empower you in your efforts towards improving environmental and social conditions.

We also assist tribes, governments, community groups, students, educators and businesses in their efforts to do research, analyze and to communicate the various facets of environmental health and social problems, solutions, and achievements.

It is our goal to enrich community awareness, to help promote environmental justice and to aid in facilitating networking that will ultimately result in:

  • Increased awareness of the negative impacts on human and ecosystem health of resource exhaustion, pollution, radiation, biodiversity loss, and poorly planned development.

  • Healthy local and bioregional economies that use local renewable resources in new and innovative ways for the production of goods in such a way that they satisfy local needs and restore, rather than degrade the environment.

  • Sustainable vibrant communities that provide decent, affordable shelter, cultural respect, safety and health, justice and meaningful work for all.

Our hope is that we will help speed you on your journey of re-imagining our relationships with each other and the earth.

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For several years we have performed environmental and sociodemographic research, GIS analysis, and developed WebMap projects for non-profit environmental organizations. In 1996 we launched our Santa Cruz Toxics Release Inventory -- the first U.S. pollution maps on the internet. This led to our work on EDF's Chemical Scorecard (we created the maps locating 1995 and 1996 TRI facilities) and other projects.

Though this is important work, it is not enough if we are to find real and lasting solutions to our environmental and social problems. In the 21st century we must create Communities of Knowledge -- partnerships between ALL stakeholders that have their foundation in the grassroots. These partnerships will result in proactive environmental and social responsibility, accountability, problem-solving, participation, justice, public disclosure and outreach.

In the spirit of community and justice, we have three goals:

  • The first is to work with community groups, universities, businesses, and local governments to create and achieve community-based environmental and social goals.

  • The second is to help communicate these goals, solutions, achievements, problems and failures in such a way that they educate, raise community awareness, and facilitate networking, problem-solving, and democratic participation.

  • The third is to be an advocate for right-to-know. Right-to-know (full public access to environmental and social data and information) is central to first knowing about and then improving environmental and social conditions. Many industries have fought against our right-to-know and they have found a new and willing partner in the post-911 Bush administration. We all must be vigilant in fighting off these assaults, protecting what we have and working towards more openness, more accountability, more disclosure -- MORE RIGHT-TO-KNOW.

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