Esri Awards for 2012 Recognize Excellence

The following 2012 Esri awards were presented at the UC plenary:

  • Esri Lifetime Achievement Award—Stephen Ervin
  • Esri’s President’s Award—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, received by Malcom Jackson
  • Esri Making a Difference Award—The Trust for Public Land, received by Breece Robertson and Will Rogers
  • Esri Making a Difference Award—Peter Carlisle, City of Honolulu

Breece Robertson and Will Rogers of The Trust for Public Land received the Making a Difference Award.

The Esri Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Stephen Ervin, a Harvard University professor who is distinguished in landscape architecture. Esri recognized Ervin’s lifetime work as a visionary of geospatial sciences. His geodesign concepts ask people to think systematically when designing projects for housing, transportation, and more.

“Geodesign is just in time for our fast changing times,” said Ervin. “Geodesign fuses imaginative and functional creativity in environmental design and planning with analytic geospatial science. It is thinking about systems and realizing that transportation planning affects agriculture planning.  Enabled by modern digital technology, a geodesign method incorporates simulations, impact analyses, and collaboration tools. Recent geodesign advancements are software applications, dashboard analysis, and crowd sourced information.”

The Esri President’s Award was bestowed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and was accepted on behalf of the organization by the EPA’s assistant administrator for environmental information and chief information officer Malcom Jackson. The Esri President’s Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an extraordinary ArcGIS user.

The EPA has been using Esri GIS products for more than 25 years to support environmental decision-making. EPA’s latest innovation is GeoPlatform, which includes three components:

  • A public GIS cloud subscription service for accessing data and building web applications
  • A private cloud configuration for sharing data internally using role-based security
  • Data and application services built and distributed on its GIS server infrastructure in both the public and private clouds.

The Esri Making a Difference Award honored the work of The Trust for Public Land and was accepted by Breece Robertson, the trust’s director of conservation vision, and Will Rogers, chief executive officer. The award is given to an organization that has used GIS to bring about meaningful change in the world. For more than a decade, The Trust for Public Land has enhanced its conservation real estate expertise with Greenprinting, a community-driven GIS planning service. Greenprinting provides a framework for communities to prioritize their parks and conservation goals and implement funding and land protection strategies. Using GIS in a transparent mapping and modeling process, The Trust for Public Land has used Greenprinting to engage local residents in a thoughtful, place-based planning exercise.

A second Making a Difference Award recognized the City of Honolulu’s groundbreaking use of GIS in the city’s urban planning efforts and was accepted by Mayor Peter Carlisle.His administration used GIS to visualize the importance of investing in a state-of-art rail system. GIS was used to show the city’s suburban sprawl and the efficiency that would result from the implementation of the Honolulu transit project. The project was accepted by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) at the end of 2011, and the final design is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2012.

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