Mathis is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint (the measure known for the fact that we are now using an amount of resources of a Planet big 1.5 times Planet Earth) and President of Global Footprint Network, one of the most important non-profit organizations in the world. Being one of the most important activists on the issue of sustainability, Mathis has been honored as number 19 on the en(rich) list of the top 100 inspirational individuals whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures.
Mathis has worked on sustainability with governments, corporations and international NGOs on six continents and has lectured at more than a hundred universities. He previously served as director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in Oakland, California, and ran the Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad at Anáhuac University in Xalapa, Mexico. Mathis has authored and contributed to more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles and reports and various books on sustainability that focus on embracing resource limits and developing metrics for sustainability.
Mathis’ awards include:
- 2014 ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame Inductee,
- the 2013 Prix Nature Swisscanto,
- 2012 Blue Planet Prize,
- 2012 Binding Prize for Environmental Conservation,
- 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award of the International Society for Ecological Economics,
- 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment (jointly awarded with UNEP),
- an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne in 2007,
- 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship,
- 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics
- Mathis was also honored as number 19 on the en(rich) list of the top 100 inspirational individuals whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures (www.enrichlist.org).
Mathis is the President of the Global Footprint Network (GFN), more times included in the list of the 100 most important no-profit organizations in the world by the Global Journal. According to the latest survey conducted by the GFN, now humanity is using an amount of resources of a Planet big 1.5 times Planet Earth. That means that we are empting Earth of its resources.