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Data - Geospatial (GIS) Resources

Other Sustainability Sources

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)'s North American Environmental Atlas

The CEC works to promote co-operation between North American countries on environmental issues, which is useful for tracking pollutants or the spread invasive species across borders.  The map viewer allows you to see the different map layers before downloading the data. 


Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)

Provides a centralized location to discover, publish, and acquire geospatial data for areas within the Great Lakes region (U.S. and Canada), downloadable images depicting Great Lakes geophysical data, and a collection of links and tools intended to connect users to additional resources relating to Great Lakes datasets.


ESRI's GIS for Environmental Management and ESRI's GIS for Natural Resources

Industry specific pages featuring success stories of geospatial tools in action.  Both include links to additional topics in these environmental industries including Sustainable Development and helpful links to larger ESRI community.


Global Biodiversity Information Facility's Data Portal

Aims to make the world's biodiversity data available to everyone.  Very focused on the geospatial element.


Green Map System

Tool to allow for crowd-sourcing of sustainability data from around the world.  Encourages the public to go out and collect green information in their local areas, then share with the world.


Federal Government Resources

Environmental Protection Agency's National Geospatial Program

Environmental data with a geospatial component is now available through the EPA Environmental Dataset Gateway.  Search for very specific information as well as datasets that cover the entire country.  Provides links to other useful information including geospatial applications, maps, and EPA grants that have a geospatial component.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Geospatial Services

Fish and Wildlife data now in one central place.  Includes the popular National Wetlands Inventory, the Critical Habitat Portal, and other USFWS GIS data sources.



USDA's Food Environment Atlas

This Atlas brings together 160 indicators on the food environment, including: food choices, local foods, food prices, access to affordable healthy foods, health and well-being of a population,  and community caharacteristics that may play a role in food access.


NOAA's National Climatic Data Center

The largest archive of weather data.  The GIS Map Services Index provides access to the data and the interactive map application displays available data.


USGS's National Gap Analysis Program

Focuses on collecting information on species and habitats that are not already covered by existing conservation areas.  Because habitat is lost or fragmented at an alarming rate, the need to identify these areas is very important.  Data includes information on protected areas, species' ranges and distribution, and land cover.


USGS's National Landcover Database (NLCD)

Serves as the definitive Landsat-based, 30-meter resolution, land cover database for the Nation. NLCD provides spatial reference and descriptive data for characteristics of the land surface such as thematic class (urban, agriculture, and forest), percent impervious surface, and percent tree canopy cover.

Kansas Environmental Resources

Kansas Data Access and Support Center (DASC)

The Envionmental Resources portion of their catalog contains Ecoregions, Critical Habitat, Protected Areas, Prairie Chickens, and Natural Communities in Kansas as well as Landfills, and Lake, Stream, and Groundwater Monitoring Sites.  The Land Surface Geology Soils heading contains multiple shapefiles under the subjects of land cover, soils, GAP Analysis Program vector and raster data, vegetation, and historic geology.