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This tutorial video shows you how to use the Energy Justice Mapping Tool to explore and produce reports for individual school facilities based on several metrics.
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>>Speaker: Welcome to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Justice Mapping Tool for Schools. DOE is excited to share this tool that allows users to explore and produce school-specific reports based on a set of metrics. This short tutorial video will walk users through this tool and associated metrics. Users interested in applying to DOE funding opportunities may be required to use this tool and generate a school-specific report. This tool can be found at Let's dig in.

If you zoom into the map, you will see that school districts are shown with a dark gray boundary. As you hover over the school district, the name will appear, and the school district will fill in with a light green. Individual school facilities are shown with a red dot. Disadvantaged communities are shown with a dark blue shading, and the dark green represents federally recognized U.S. tribal lands and U.S. territories. The left panel enables a search by common geographies, such as ZIP code, city name, county name or school name. 

We will now walk through a variety of ways to find your school facility. Let's start by entering a city name, such as Tulsa, in the top search bar. The map will automatically zoom to that city and create a black boundary around the school district. Below the district indicators on the left-hand panel, you will see the public school facilities within the city of Tulsa will populate. Users can scroll through the list of schools to find the school you're looking for. 

Let's use Marshall Elementary as an example. By selecting the specific school, school indicators will populate. These indicators note if a school is located in a disadvantaged community, known as DAC, if a school is in a rural location, the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, if the school is eligible for Title I schoolwide programming, if the school is designated as a community shelter and the percentage of nonwhite students within the school. As you can see, when we hover over each of the indicators, a short description will appear.

In this example, 96 percent of students in Marshall Elementary qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, which puts this school in the 92nd national percentile. Users can generate an easy-to-print-and-save PDF report with this same information. Click on the blue Full Report button at the bottom of the screen.

A new page will open with a single page report available. Please note this report includes both the school-specific information at the top and the district-level information at the bottom. In the case of Marshall Elementary, you will see their high percentage of free and reduced lunch, as well as the fact that they are located within a DAC. Note you can find the same information on the previous Web page. Users can click the print icon in the upper right-hand corner to save this report as a PDF.

Within this report, at the bottom users can also find three helpful data sources. The first two are links to the National Center for Education Statistics, NCES, and the third is a link to DOE's original Energy Justice Mapping Tool. Click on the links to take you to the associated source. 

If we navigate back to the main tool, we will now demonstrate another search method. Users can also enter a ZIP code in the top search bar. The map will zoom to that school district, and like the previous example, the school facilities within the district will populate on the left-hand side. Scroll to the school facility you are looking for. Let's use Liberty Elementary as an example.

You will notice how the school indicators have updated so they are specific to Liberty Elementary. Let's click on the full report to compare. Different from the previous example of Marshall Elementary, you will notice that Liberty Elementary is not located within a DAC but is located in a rural location, labeled 41. Both schools are eligible for Title I schoolwide programming.

Navigating back to the main tool again, let's demonstrate one more option to find your school facility. Users can scroll into the state and ultimately the school district and school facility they are searching for. Let's make our way up to Maine. Let's select the school district. Once again, the schools within that district populate. Let's take a look at Stevens Brook School. Let's click on the full report to compare Stevens Brook to the last two examples. Here you will notice that Stevens Brook is a designated community shelter, is not located in a DAC but does have a rural location indication of 42. 

To learn more about the source files used for this tool, navigate back to the main tool. You could select the Refresh button that takes you back to the start page. At the top there are two data sources available for download. Select Data and Indicator Descriptions to download the files. The school data source file includes all public schools within the U.S., which include public charter schools. This file provides a variety of data that can be organized by school name, state name, local district and much more. 

The indicator description file provides the description name, definition, variable name and source file. For further information on DOE's Justice40 Initiative, visit DOE's Justice40 Initiative Web page. Thank you for joining the short tutorial video on the Energy Justice Mapping Tool for Schools. 

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