Green Map System

Engaging communities worldwide to chart a sustainable future - for all of us! We empower a diverse perspective-changing movement mapping local natural, social and cultural resources in 875 diverse cities, villages and neighborhoods in over 65 countries. Developing local sustainability networks since 1995, Green Map System expands the demand for healthy, green choices with our adaptable, experiential and interactive mapmaking resources and universal icons, multilingual websites, workshops and regional hubs.
Feb 12, 2015

Thank YOU, Dear Friend!

Meeting with Chinese NGOs via the US State Dept
Meeting with Chinese NGOs via the US State Dept

You have been so generous to us and we greatly appreciate it. Now, we are able to waive fees from Chinese Green Mapmakers for 2015, thanks to your generosity! So from the newest Green Map project – Roots and Shoots Shanghai, which joined us in January - to the pioneers from the China Mangrove Conservation Network - all will benefit from your generosity through the Global Giving platform!

Recently, we were able to share news and beautiful Green Maps from these Chinese projects with an esteemed group of NGO and civic leaders from China that we met with through the US State Department Visitor Leadership Program. As pictured, this includes representatives from Clean Air Asia, Greenovation Hub, Danger Maps, Beijing Energy Conservation, Green Hunan, Innovation Center for Clean-Air Solutions, Chengdu Urban Rivers Association, ChinaDialogue and ERI’s Center for Renewable Energy Development. We’re looking forward to further exchange with these and other hard working, high impact organizations.

Reminiscing over the reports we have sent you (linked above the photos on our project profile), we can say that this certainly has been an exciting partnership as you have exceeded our fundraising goals, and helped so many Chinese Green Mapmakers make local sustainable living resources more visible and actionable. We will soon be introducing you to a new initiative that is underscored by the urgency of climate change and new potential to move millions more by connecting with the sharing economy. You will be among the first to know!

Thank you again on behalf of our entire staff and network. Our best wishes to each of you for this important season and the start of the Year of Yes!

Changing tourists
Changing tourists' perspectives in mangrove areas
Introducing community members to map features
Introducing community members to map features
Dec 23, 2014

Why Giving to Green Map Matters!

Healthy Living Harlem
Healthy Living Harlem's Eco Justice Green Map

Holiday season wishes to all our Global Giving donors!

At a recent Board meeting, we discussed the ways our network is mapping the pulse of what matters, and recalled a wonderful video created by the Earth Institute at Columbia University that attests to the value of this work. It's just 8 minutes long, and ties together so many issues that are in the headlines today, including social justice, community health, faith and #AllLivesMatter. It's linked below. 

Whether made in the heart of the city or in the countryside, Green Maps engage residents in urgently needed action. Together with 915 diverse locally-led projects, we're mapping changing communities to help them change for the better. 

Your support is catalytic - it yields tools, icons and technologies that result in more mapmaking that leads to more and more sustainable living sites that belong on the Green Map. 

Your support helps us look ahead, too and together with our board, are planning 2015 as a powerful year of re-invention. Thank you, once again, for helping us move toward this goal!

Protecting the rural environment of Aone Japan
Protecting the rural environment of Aone Japan
Traditional rice paddies are on the Green Map
Traditional rice paddies are on the Green Map

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Nov 4, 2014

Researching Green Maps

Sharing autumn hues from a site on the Green Map
Sharing autumn hues from a site on the Green Map

Over the years, a wide variety of research papers have been written about the work of Green Mapmakers, locally and globally. Now we are in the process of assessing each of these thesis papers, dissertations, scholarly presentations and other papers for the benefit of future researchers and for sharing best practices. In order to do this we have started an archive project entitled the Green Map Research Archive.

As part of this process we are reaching out to our Chinese speaking network to ensure that thesis, doctoral and other research papers by or about Green Map projects in China, Taiwan and other Chinese speaking regions are included. “I'm really excited that research papers in Chinese are being included in the archive. I'm curious to see what has been written about the Green Map projects in those regions and what people think about them,” says Li Tang, who is a native Chinese speaker and support staff at Green Map System. So far, we just have one paper presented in China, but this geographic region is where we have the largest gap in the research.

The Research Archive project began in August. The first phase encompassing 25 diverse papers was completed in October. There’s a blog post linked below about the process by our fall intern.

Now we are collecting the rest of the papers, and confirming with the authors that we have characterized them correctly and that we can share the papers online. Our next step is planned for spring. We’ll make them easy to access online, complementing our current page at GreenMap.org/universities where we can share the Research Archive around the world.

Thank you for helping ensure our work continues to impact students and other researchers long into the future!

Outreach for the Research Archive in Trad. Chinese
Outreach for the Research Archive in Trad. Chinese
Outreach for Research Archive in Simplified CN
Outreach for Research Archive in Simplified CN

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