Mapping and Environmental Data Visualization



Involving students, faculty, and community in the fight for environmental justice and climate resilience.


Redford Conservancy Map of Warehouse Growth Puts a New Lens on the Inland Empire
Estimated Warehouse Distribution in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
Based on County data and includes areas of the county not pictured above. All numbers should be considered an estimate. Map by Graham Brady ’21. With thanks to Lani Fox. The first published iteration of this analysis used warehouse as the sole keyword with which to subselect the polygons. Future versions have used revised keywords that more aptly select known warehouses from the datasets. This analysis is ongoing and relies on dynamic data that are updated periodically. We recognize how publishing workflows improves transparency in methods. Revisions to this workflow to increase accuracy and robustness of the analysis are welcomed.

Watch the animation play…

As featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Redford Conservancy has released an animated map of warehouse growth in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties from 1975-2021.

For years, scholars, activists, and advocates have referenced the now infamous cluster of warehouses in the Inland Empire as having square footage in the millions. Over a year in the making, the new map released by the Redford Conservancy demonstrates an alarming new high: Warehouses now total over a billion square feet. And counting. How did we get our data? Click here.

Our maps on warehouse growth are part of a sustainability data dashboard that is meant to be a tool for organizers, planners, and elected officials to aid in land use decision-making. If you would like data on warehouse growth associated with your city or neighborhood, or for more information about our method of obtaining and analyzing warehouse data, please contact us.

See student projects that analyze the planning process and attendant environmental justice issues surrounding four proposed and existing warehouses and the ways that community members are fighting back.

See IE warehouses from space!

We are working with Radical Research to create an interactive dashboard that is designed for community members and municipalities to use for information gathering and advocacy.

Stay tuned!

Warehouses in red overlaid on CalEnviroScreen data for Diesel Particular Matter Emissions. Courtesy of Mike McCarthy, Radical Research, LLC, Pitzer College, and Riverside Neighbors Opposing Warehouses.

Story Maps: Warehouse Planning Process and Community Resistance in the Inland Empire, Fall 2021

Google Earth view of Inland Empire warehouses

What is the planning and approval process behind warehouse construction? Students in our environmental analysis senior seminar set out to find the answer and reported back about land use, environmental impact and review, general plan amendments, rezoning efforts, and community resistance. The maps are meant to enhance people’s participation in usually opaque planning processes that impact their communities.BloomingtonBanningMoreno ValleyONT 9

We chose four warehouses—two built, two unbuilt, one in Riverside County, and one in San Bernardino County. Each warehouse brought up a different issue: greenwashing, habitat destruction, labor issues, neighborhood compromise, and health and safety issues including arson.