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Summer 2013 Webinar- Toxic Trends Map Application

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) is pleased to announce this webinar under its collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The webinar will highlight the work conducted by our grant recipient, The Huxley Spatial Institute at Western Washington University (WWU). 

The Toxic Trends application is an invaluable public tool that allows users to access important industrial chemical information from any internet connected device.  The map’s unique visual mapping layout provides an easier method for the public to learn about toxic chemical information and the associated risks within their community.

The Toxic Trends map application visually represents industrial air pollution information to citizens across the United States by mapping the relative risk from air pollution that industrial facilities pose to the human health of their communities and how those risks might change over time. The application utilizes facility air data from the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) database coupled with risk values based on modeled output data from the EPA’s Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) model for assessing TRI data.

To find out more, join the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and The Huxley Spatial Institute at Western Washington University for the free webinar: Exploring the Toxic Trends Map Application on August 28, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST

 The application is available for use at 

This webinar will provide an overview of the Toxic Trends map application.  Attendees will hear information on project background, access to the application, information on the data utilized, sample searches, and everyday uses of the application. 


TopWebinar Video

The recording of the webinar is now available at the following link:

Note:  The file is large so it may take a few moments to load.

To access Toxic Trends please click this link:


To access the transcript of this webinar please click the following link:  ToxicTrendsMap-Webinar-transcript

TopAgenda & Presentations


  • Overview and Introductions—–Bryan Shipley, TRI Project Manager, ECOS
  • Webinar Logistics and Introductions—–Jen Major, Senior Associate, Ross Strategic
  • Background on the Toxic Trends Map Application—–Troy D. Abel, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, WWU-Huxley
  • Using the Toxic Trends Map Application—–Jacob Lesser, Graduate Student, WWU-Huxley
  • Live Q/A and Discussion -Participants type questions
  • Wrap-up and Feedback—–Jen Major, Senior Associate, Ross Strategic


Dr. Troy D. Abel, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, Western Washington University-Huxley Spatial Institute

Please click the following link for the presentation:  Troy D. Abel_Toxic_Trends_Mapper_Presentation


Jacob Lesser, Graduate Student, Western Washington University-Huxley Spatial Institute

Jacob provided a live demonstration of the Toxic Trends map application.  The demonstration can be found in the webinar recording.

TopSpeaker Bios

Presenter Bios

Dr. Troy D. Abel is an affiliated faculty member in the Huxley Spatial Institute and an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy. Dr. Abel is the co-author of the award winning book Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance about the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), pollution risk trends among facilities and states, and the environmental performance dilemma. The book was selected for the American Political Science Association’s Lynton Caldwell Prize for the best book on environmental politics and policy. He also has authored or co-authored 15 articles, nine technical reports and working papers, and 40 conference papers or posters. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, Seattle Times,, Green Bay Press-Gazette, and the Bellingham Herald. Dr. Abel has been the lead investigator or co-investigator on five extramural grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) totaling more than six hundred thousand dollars. He was recently appointed to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and has been an invited speaker for the Environmental Council of the States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, and the National Science Foundation.

Jacob Lesser served as the Web-Map Developer for the Toxic Trends project.  He is seeking an M.S. in Geography at Western Washington University with an appointment as an affiliated staff member with the Huxley Spatial Institute. He is the lead author of Coming Clean and Green: A Geospatial Mapping Tool for Visualizing Industrial Environmental Performance and developer for a beta version of the TRI Performance Explorer, an online web-map site that displays RSEI data from 2000 to 2007. His web-map application provides the starting point for the proposed project and was developed with support from Washington State University—Vancouver and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment.

TopWebinar Contacts

Bryan Shipley, ECOS at
Troy Abel, WWU-Huxley at


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