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Toxic Trends Map Application Webinar Agenda and Speaker Bios

Aug 27 2013 Webinar | Comments Off on Toxic Trends Map Application Webinar Agenda and Speaker Bios

TRI Summer 2013 Webinar

Brought to you by ECOS in collaboration with EPA

Exploring the Toxic Trends Map Application

August 28, 2013 from 1-2:00 pm (ET)



  • 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
  • Wrap-up and Feedback—–Jen Major, Senior Associate, Ross Strategic


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.