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May 19, 2021
Jack Dangermond Honored by IGU with Planet and Humanity Medal

GIS Technology Leader Awarded for Contributions to Global Sustainability

REDLANDS, Calif.—May 19, 2021—Esri today announced that the International Geographical Union (IGU) has awarded Jack Dangermond the Planet and Humanity Medal. The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to peace, welfare, or sustainability. The IGU is an international, non-governmental, professional organization devoted to the promotion and development of the discipline of geography through initiating and coordinating research and teaching globally.

This award is only given every four years and normally to leaders in the public sector or with science leadership backgrounds. Past awardees have included Al Gore, Nelson Mandela, and Mikhail Gorbachev. This year marks the first time the medal has been given to someone from the private technology sector.

Jack Dangermond founded Esri in Redlands, California in 1969, and it is now the leading geographic information systems (GIS) software company in the world. Dangermond has generously supported major environmental programs and has donated or pledged more than $1 billion worth of free Esri software to schools and environmental organizations.

“This award is an incredible honor for me, and I accept it on behalf of all the good work ongoing by my colleagues and our users,” said Dangermond, Esri founder and president. “Our collective work has focused on building and applying systematic tools that help people apply geographic thinking to problem solving. At Esri, we believe that geography is at the heart of a more resilient and sustainable future and we have been dedicated to providing organizations and individuals with technology that enables geospatial understanding and helps people address our greatest challenges.”

In recent years, Esri has partnered with organizations such as EO Wilson’s Half Earth ProjectNatureServe, The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, and the US Forest Service, for the purpose of preserving the parts of the world that humans still need in order to maintain a diverse and functional natural ecosystem. For instance, Esri technology has been used to help map global biodiversity, and identify where areas of vulnerability exist in the world. These maps are modeling habitats of endangered species so they can be better identified and protected.

Educated at the California Polytechnic College-Pomona, the University of Minnesota, and Harvard University’s Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Design, Jack Dangermond began his career in landscape architecture before playing a key role in developing GIS technology for a broad market. He is recognized not only as a pioneer in spatial analysis methods but also as one of the most influential people in GIS.

Actively managing Esri and closely connected to projects, clients, and company vision, Dangermond is personally committed to applying GIS methods for environmental stewardship and sustainable communities.

To learn more about Jack Dangermond, the IGU Planet and Humanity Medal, and for a full list of award recipients, visit igu-online.org/announcement-of-igu-awards-2021/.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at esri.com

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