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Earth Day, Every Day

Earlier this year, in honor of Earth Day, Esri donated tree saplings to employees in Redlands and also provided funds for each of our regional offices to plant a tree in a park or at a school in their community. Staff in the Denver regional office worked with the City and County of Bloomfield to plant a tree in East Park. “The tree is just down the street, and we can watch it grow up,” said Kathy, Regional Office Administrator.

Their summer intern, Shelley Broadway, turned this experience into a story map to highlight not only the tree selection and planting, but how the City and County uses Collector for ArcGIS to inventory the over 135 species of trees in the city.

Shelley ended her story map with this thought: “Through partnerships with our communities and a commitment to environmental responsibility, we can make a difference.” Well said, Shelley.

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Fun Times in Philly!

Philadelphia is known for the Liberty Bell, the iconic scene in the movie Rocky, and of course Philly cheesesteak. Another ‘icon’ familiar to staff in our Philadelphia office is the Esri Birthday Cake. The mouth-watering dessert is baked to perfection at a local bakery and quickly devoured at the team’s monthly birthday celebration.

“It’s not unheard of for many members of the office to be standing outside the break room just waiting for the cake to make its appearance,” said Kathie, the Regional Office Administrator.

After seeing pictures of the cake, we certainly can’t blame them!

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A New Network for Budding GIS Professionals

By Citabria Stevens, ArcNews editor

There are countless ways to enter the field of GIS and, with a bit of imagination and creativity, even more ways to use the technology.

This notion of limitless possibilities was the overarching theme of a series of events put on by the Young Professionals Network (YPN) at the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California. The YPN, in its inaugural year, offers budding GIS professionals—of any age—the opportunity to network with peers and meet some of the most dynamic and influential people in GIS.
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Mabel Ney Talks R&D, UX, and UC

Esri staff in our R&D Centers have ongoing collaboration with development teams in Redlands through regular phone calls and video conferences, but they also come here several times a year for meetings and personal interaction with teams. Mabel Ney from the Portland, Maine R&D was in town recently for just such a visit, so I took the opportunity to get to know her and the work she’s doing.

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Festive “Tea” Honors Retiring Employee

A colorful table setting and festive hats were part of a “high tea” luncheon held in the Washington, DC office to honor Judy Rote, who will be retiring from Esri June 30th. It was also Judy’s birthday, so it was a dual celebration!

“My time with Esri has been a blessing, from getting to know of Jack and Laura and to having wonderful managers/supervisors,” Judy reflected. “It truly has been a pleasure to work for and with Esri. My retirement is bittersweet because of getting to know everyone and missing them. So, thank you Esri for 16 wonderful years!”

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More Than Just Co-Workers

Rapport in Esri offices often extends beyond regular working hours, and the Denver office is no exception. They shared a few pictures of recent activities the team participated in.

Staff worked with the City of Broomfield to plantan American Linden Tree in East Park in honor of Earth Day.

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Esri Employees Were “Pumped Up” for Bike to Work Week

Several activities took place last week in celebration of Bike to Work Week. From an informative brown bag session on bike safety, our bike sharing program, and a new proposed bike trail, to a bike ride around campus, many employees took the opportunity to show their support of getting to work on two wheels.

In addition to the benefits of getting exercise and saving the environment, Esri offers ongoing incentives for employees who bike to work (as well as walk, carpool, or take public transportation). It’s a win-win! Continue reading

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Mapping Our Country’s First Mothers

By Guest Blogger Lynnae Van Voorthuysen, Media Relations Intern

Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt

Forty-four women gave birth to the most influential men in U.S. history—our nation’s Presidents. This Mother’s Day, Esri highlights these “First Mothers” in an interactive story map.

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David DiBiase Explains the Importance of Offering MOOCs as Part of Esri’s Education Program

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Esri’s Jim Baumann, published in the May 2015 issue of GeoConnexion. 

Esri’s education enterprise is diverse and spread across the entire company. For the most part, however, our education offerings serve people who already use our technology. What’s new about massive open online courses (MOOCs) is that they provide a way to engage with people who are curious about the power of spatial thinking and geospatial technologies, but who may not be GIS users or even have heard of Esri.

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Earth Day, Esri Style

There was a lot of activity on campus last Wednesday in celebration of Earth Day. From a tree giveaway to an e-waste collection event, Esri employees did their part to make Mother Earth proud.

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