ESRI UC Q & A: What are the Key Green Applications of ESRI’s GIS Software?

uc20091…from the 2009 ESRI UC Q & A

ESRI supports two application solution products, both of which have implications for conserving natural resources and reducing pollution.

  • Transportation/Logistics – Organizations with vehicle fleets can realize almost immediate energy savings by using ArcLogistics for routing. ArcLogistics provides huge benefits in reduced fuel consumption, typically 15% – 20%. This applies to fleets of any size. ArcLogistics can benefit both private and public organizations that deal with dispatching and routing inspectors, field workers, and home deliveries, as well as paratransit agencies and trucking companies.
  • Site Selection – ArcGIS Business Analyst helps organizations select optimal locations for new sites relative to markets and customers. Better site selection provides better service and saves fuel through more optimum placement of centers. Examples include retail stores, hospitals, social services centers, dispatch locations, etc.

Beyond these specific products, our users are applying GIS to many green applications including:

  • Monitoring the Environment – GIS is used for applications associated with monitoring, managing, and maintaining ecosystems including conservation planning for natural reserves.
  • Carbon Accounting – GIS is being used to acquire measurements and monitor carbon balance geographically. This is happening at many scales, from global down to local geographies. American Forests is setting up accounting systems within cities to measure the change in carbon balance of metropolitan areas.
  • Renewable Energy – GIS is a powerful tool for identifying locations for renewable energy systems such as wind and solar generation farms.
  • Conservation Planning – GIS is being used to define wildlife areas and corridors and integrate this knowledge for better land use planning.
  • Land Use and Transportation Planning – GIS is being used by planners to support the design of more sustainable cities, regions, and states.