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GIS Day 2021

November 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 10am – 5pm


Mapping for Justice:

Exploring spatial patterns of social and environmental inequities

Speakers  |  Career Panel  |  Workshop   |  Mapathon


  • Free and open to the public. No registration required.*
  • Zoom link for all remote activities


  • Please complete THIS SURVEY to let us know your geospatial needs, and enter to win one of five FREE ArcGIS for Personal Use licenses or other prizes!


Virtual (Zoom link)

(Abstracts at bottom of page)

10:00 – 10:20

Welcome and Introduction
Spatial Patterns of Social and Environmental Justice: EJ on Campus and Beyond (Center for Environmental Justice)
Matt Ross, Director, Geospatial Centroid

Stephanie Malin, Center for Environmental Justice and Department of Sociology


10:25 – 10:45
The Consequences of Inequitable Urban Environments for Wildlife
Sara Bombaci, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation


10:50 – 11:10

Colorado EnviroScreen: Mapping How the Environment Impacts Health in Colorado
Dan Carver, Technical Manager, Geospatial Centroid


11:15 – 11:35

Visualizing USFS Recreation Data and the Communities We Serve
Taylor Willow, US Forest Service


11:40 – 12:00

Prison Agriculture in the United States: Mapping the Disciplinary Landscapes of Racial Capitalism
Carrie Chennault, Department of Anthropology & Geography


12:05 – 12:25

Combining Remote Sensing and Ethnography to Understand Mining Implications in Rural Ghana
Heidi Hausermann, Department of Anthropology & Geography, and Matt Ross, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability


12:30 – 12:50

Introducing the Native Land Information System
David Bartecchi, Village Earth’s Native Lands Advocacy Project

Career Panel

Virtual and Live  (Zoom link)

1:30 – 2:30

Career Connections: GIS Panel

Michael Smith Natural Resources (MSNR) Building, Rm. 345 or via Zoom

In this event, jointly hosted by the Warner College of Natural Resources, we explore careers in GIS and geospatial science. Get your questions answered from a panel of GIS professionals, hear about their experiences in this field, and get some advice for job-hunting.


  • Mitchell Goulette, Ceres Imaging, GIS Analyst & Production Image Processing Lead
  • Lauren Hargis, CO State Forest Service, GIS Technician
  • Jenny Sauer, USDA APHIS, Mobile Solutions Specialist
  • Kirk Sherrill, Natl Park Service, GIS Analyst
  • Madison Wood, Tetra Tech, Cultural Resources

Refreshments provided for in-person attendees!

Optional pre-registration for students and alums, event open to the public.



2:45 – 3:45

Mapping Apps Online: Exploring spatial patterns of social and environmental inequities

*Pre-registration requested.

175 Morgan Computer Lab
Caitlin Mothes, Geospatial Centroid Research and Program Coordinator and Elizabeth Tulanowski, Geospatial Centroid Education Coordinator

In this hands-on workshop we will explore spatial patterns of three different social and environmental justice issues: greenspace, food access, and the impact of redlined neighborhoods, using browser-based online mapping platforms. Geared toward any GIS experience level, so whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find something to learn.



Hybrid (Zoom link)

4:00 – 5:00

Mapathon at Geospatial Centroid office

211G Morgan Library (up the main staircase near the Help Desk, turn sharp right and head north through the bookstacks) 

Our first in-person Mapathon in 2 years!

Create spatial data for a humanitarian aid project in OpenStreetMap. Bring a laptop (and a mouse) if you have one, but some computers will be available. OpenStreetMap is a browser-based, worldwide, crowd-sourced map database.

No experience necessary, if you can trace, you can Map!



Sara Bombaci
Assistant Professor, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation

The Consequences of Inequitable Urban Environments for WildlifeUrban landscapes are defined by legacies of social inequity. Historic inequitable lending and urban development practices have shaped the distribution of environmental amenities, such as green space cover, and environmental dis-amenities, such as pollution. The consequences of these environmental inequities for human well-being have been well-documented in the extensive scholarship on environmental justice, but research is only beginning to emerge on the consequences of environmental inequities for wildlife. Here, I will share emerging work focused on this topic.

Dan Carver
Geospatial Centroid

Colorado EnviroScreen: Mapping how the environment impacts health in ColoradoCSU Researchers, State Employees, and the citizens of Colorado are working together to create a web mapping tool that highlights the environmental factors affecting human health across all of Colorado. In this presentation, we will examine the challenges of projecting such a personal and complex topic as health onto a map while simultaneously providing a resource that addresses the legal requirements of Colorado’s Environmental Justice Act. Learn more from the projects website or follow the development on GitHub.

Taylor Willow
US Forest Service

Visualizing USFS Recreation Data and the Communities We ServeThe US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region has developed an ArcGIS Online web application that brings agency information on recreation, funding, and visitor use together with external data on the socioeconomic makeup of the communities surrounding the land managed by the Forest Service. This tool is helping regional leadership identify opportunities for recreation and trail projects to align with regional priorities such as shared stewardship, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion.

Carrie Chennault
Assistant Professor of Geography, CSU Department of Anthropology & Geography

Prison Agriculture in the United States: Mapping the Disciplinary Landscapes of Racial CapitalismIn this presentation, I will provide an introduction to US prison agriculture, what it is, where it happens, general thematic and geographic trends, and how this system relates to racial capitalism. The presentation then will dive into the development of the Prison Agriculture Lab at CSU, its goals, and its partnership with the Geospatial Centroid. I will introduce the ArcGIS mapping and story mapping prototypes that we have developed through this partnership, and discuss what a critical GIS approach means for the study of prison agriculture, with some supporting examples.


Heidi Hausermann
Associate Professor, Anthropology & Geography, CSU

Combining remote sensing and ethnography to understand mining implications in rural GhanaThis talk explores the expansion of unregulated gold mining in Ghana through a mixed methods approach. Geospatial techniques are used to map landscape changes from mining, while ethnography and household surveys shed light on the intersecting implications, including land dispossession, food insecurity and malaria. This research helps identify the conditions under which policy makers can improve unjust conditions related to mining.


David Bartecchi
Village Earth’s Native Lands Advocacy Project

Introducing the Native Land Information System (https://nativeland.info):  Learn how Village Earth’s Native Lands Advocacy Project is harnessing data to build awareness of native land issues and create accountability related to the government’s trust responsibility to Native Americans.



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November 17, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm