Greg Babinski



Greg Babinski is Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland.

He holds an MA in geography from Wayne State University. Greg is a GISP – Certified GIS Professional. Greg is Past-President of URISA and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 he founded The Summit – the Washington State GIS Newsletter. Greg originated the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model and participated in the development of the Geospatial Management Competency Model.

Most recently Greg has focused on the application of GIS for issues related to equity and social justice. He is co-author of the URISA-Certified Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice Workshop.

Greg’s Ethical GEO Fellowship allowed him to develop GIS for Equity and Social Justice Best Practices that further the aims of the Ethical GEO fellowship program. The GIS for ESJ Best Practices will be submitted for publication as an article in the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge, and also incorporated in a new GIS for ESJ book to be published by Esri Press.

In addition to his work for King County, Greg is a GIS consultant, researcher, author, and instructor. He has spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Greg also taught GIS for Public Policy at the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration. In his spare time, Greg likes hiking steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views.

EthicalGEO Project Results

Many public agencies have begun to apply an equity and social justice (ESJ) lens to the development of public policies and the allocation of financial resources for projects and programs. This document represents a conceptual approach for the effective use of geographic information science and technology to support ESJ programs. The author provides a foundational background for the problem, proposes a conceptual GIS for ESJ lifecycle, and then outlines best GIS for ESJ practices for data management, data sources, geospatial analysis, cartographic design, general data visualization, and the use of interactive GIS-based dashboards. Development of this document was supported by an AGS EthicalGEO Fellowship. 

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