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Tim Foresman is a senior Science, Engineering, and Education leader. He has been active in helping organizations reach their full potential and address the challenging issues of better stewardship for managing human and ecological resources while focusing on the goals for sustainable and higher living standards. Previously, he served as the United Nations' chief environmental scientist with the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. He has continued his post-UN activities teaching and conducting workshops worldwide on sustainability and community based decision support to promote healthy and environmentally sound development.
He has been a technology leader in the use of scientific visualization and spatial information systems for community decision support with notable highlights, such as the Smart Growth program under former Maryland Governor Glendening. He has testified before Congress on satellite technology and Earth monitoring for sustainable development.
He served at NASA Headquarters as the national manager for the Digital Earth Initiative under Vice President Al Gore, which led to many developments, including Google Earth, and the establishment of the International Society for Digital Earth with a Beijing, China secretariat.
Tim has worked with many agencies in the US and foreign countries to promote access to the scientific information needed by decision makers and citizens. He managed the development of some of the best-engineered GIS (geographic information systems) enterprise systems for the US Marine Corps and Clark County, Nevada when Las Vegas was the nation's fastest growing city. He also led the host institution for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study; a National Science Foundation long-term research program for understanding human-ecological dynamics for sustainable development in urban settings.
Over the last decade, Tim has met with intellectual and community leaders to assess and foster improvements in the methods for communities to organize and establish centers of sustained economic enterprise, including renewable energy systems. He has proven to be a leader in developing approaches for integrating issues of energy conservation and green jobs initiatives as critical components for revitalizing communities. He has been active in communicating these issues with members of Congress and community leaders to help transform stagnant areas into vibrant and successful neighborhoods and communities and has been an NSF principal investigator for hydrogen energy research.
An international keynote speaker on many global topics.
He is a nationally certified Senior Ecologist, a LEED AP engineer, and GIS Professional.
Tim has over one hundred professional publications, as well as author of technical books including Visualizing Physical Geography (Wiley 2012), The History of Geographic Information Systems and chapter author of Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis (MIT Press, 2010). He is also author of a children's book series on global change beginning including The Last Little Polar Bear and The Last Safari.
Dr. Foresman holds a bachelor's degree in biology, as well as a Master of Ecology degree from San Diego State University, a Master of Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate in quantitative geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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