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July 11, 2013

Maryland Food System Map Receives Special Achievement Award for use of Geospatial Technology

Amanda Behrens accepting SAG awardThe Maryland Food System Map, a project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, has received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California. The award from Esri, a manufacturer of GIS mapping software, acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of the company’s geographic information system (GIS) technology.

The Maryland Food System Map uses GIS technology to look at the state’s food system geographically, with the goal to spur improvements in the food system, uncover new opportunities for food producers and help residents overcome obstacles accessing healthy foods. “By using GIS, we can look at the state’s food system from a unique geographical lens, “said Amanda Behrens, project manager at the Center for a Livable Future. “We’re now able to apply GIS technology to better understand the local food system. We are working with local policymakers and researchers to address gaps and identify opportunities to strengthen the system for farmers, food processors and consumers alike.”

"The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users.” CLF’s Maryland Food Mapping Project stands out for their unique application of Esri’s product. For more information about the CLF’s 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award, including project information and photos, please visit Esri's Website.