Environmental Mapping of an African American Community in Houston, Texas: Advancing University-Community Relationship

Olurominiyi O. Ibitayo

DOI: 10.2190/ES.32.4.c


This article reports the findings of an environmental mapping exercise undertaken as part of Texas Southern University Acres Homes Project. The exercise identified land uses within Acres Homes in Houston, Texas that may potentially pose adverse human health hazards. Sources of information include federal, state, and county database, interviews with the community residents, and site visits. The information obtained suggests that there are no facilities on the following lists in Acres Homes; National Priority List, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System List, Texas Superfund List, and Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. However, the community has the largest cluster of closed/abandoned municipal landfills in Harris County, and one of the largest in the State of Texas. The report noted the absence of information regarding items which were disposed of in the landfills, and therefore recommended detailed soil sample analyses.

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