EV Planning Resources: Equitable Planning
This section compiles resources and tools for EV infrastructure planning and implementation. Resources are organized by subject area and are labeled with resource type—namely, calculators and software, datasets and maps, and additional guidance and reference.
Promising Practices for Meaningful Public Involvement in Transportation Decision-Making
USDOT - Guidance/Reference
A resource to help funding recipients meaningfully involve the public in various stages of transportation decision-making. The guide walks through the important components of a comprehensive and constructive public involvement process and introduces methods and metrics to help ensure effective engagement.
USDOT FHWA – Dataset/Map
Interactive map enabling users to navigate, view, and print geospatial maps and download the underlying data. Combines several data sources to produce various layers for transportation and equity analyses. Allows users to map FHWA’s current and pending alternative fuel corridor designations. Also includes layers for population demographics, economic wellbeing, and commute times as well as for air quality, safety, congestion, and other performance metrics.
Screening Tool for Equity Analysis of Projects (STEAP)
USDOT FHWA - Dataset/Map
Interactive web map that outputs Title VI and environmental justice population summaries surrounding project locations. Users can either select a highway or draw a line representing the location of the project and the tool will output a summary report of the populations within a buffer of the project.
Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool
DOE – Dataset/Map
Interactive web map that allows users to explore estimated energy characteristics of low- and medium-income households at the national, State, county, city, or census tract level. Users can combine and compare selected geographic areas to better understand the energy burden facing low-income communities.
EJScreen: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool
EPA – Dataset/Map
Interactive tool that combines environmental and demographic indicators into maps and reports. Helps users identify minority or low-income populations and potential environmental quality burdens.
U.S. Census Bureau – Dataset/Map
Website to explore Census data and annual American Community Survey and American Housing Survey data. Includes dynamic table and maps generators with extensive filter options including by geography, topic, and year.
Virtual Public Involvement (VPI): Video Case Studies
USDOT FHWA – Guidance/Reference
A collection of videos featuring conversations with transportation agencies and example strategies for using digital technology to engage the public in transportation decision-making, project development and planning, and environmental review. Videos on virtual engagement tools include accompanying factsheets with additional case studies, considerations, and tips for success.
Practical Approaches for Involving Traditionally Underserved Populations in Transportation Decisionmaking (2012)
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Guidance/Reference
Report that describes effective approaches to engage traditionally underrepresented populations in transportation decision-making. Describes specific methods of outreach and engagement and includes case studies from across the United States. Also lists several data sources and tools for inventorying a community’s social and economic characteristics.
EV Charging Justice40 Map Tool
Argonne National Laboratory – Dataset/Map
Web map designed to inform users if their projects are located in disadvantaged communities (DACs). Users can input the addresses of their projects or navigate to them. Users may also turn map layers on or off if needed.
Energy Zones Mapping Tool (EZMT)
Argonne National Laboratory – Dataset/Map
Public, web-based system designed for energy infrastructure planning and analysis, especially evaluating the many factors influencing siting decisions. Argonne is expanding the EZMT to include electric vehicle charging station data and siting factors, including a strong emphasis on energy justice and equity metrics. Users can interactively design and query maps from the library of over mapping 340 layers, download data, and run models to map locations best fitting a set of siting criteria.
Community Tool Box: Assessing Community Needs and Resources (Chapter 3)
University of Kansas – Guidance/Reference
Online textbook with guidance and methods to help community leaders and decision makers assess community needs. Chapter 3 of the toolbox provides guidance specifically on identifying and assessing community needs.
Electric Vehicles for All: An Equity Toolkit
Greenlining – Guidance/Reference
Guide to making EVs affordable, practical, and accessible to low-income communities and communities of color. This toolkit also includes information on increasing EV awareness and diversifying the EV market. Note: This toolkit heavily relies on examples in California, but the information can be applied to projects in other locations.