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.
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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Sep 15, 2014

Green Maps & Climate Change

Take Part in Peoples Climate March. Be Solutionary
Take Part in Peoples Climate March. Be Solutionary

With the Peoples Climate March taking place in New York City on Sunday, September 21st, we'll be taking part and invite you to join in as well! The website, PeoplesClimate.org, has both NYC and global activities so you can take part anywhere.

Climate change and social change have been continual themes in our work. Our maps have always addressed options that help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions on an everyday basis - for example 3% of all GHGs come from garbage  - byhighlighing recycling, composting and waste reduction, Green Maps help reduce that impact. Virtually everything we chart - getting around, dining, shopping, working and playing - makes a postive contribution. 

Below, find a slideshow about energy and climate mapping projects we have led since 2006.Our own "Powerful Green Map of NYC" was the first, now there are now several Green Map projects that address these issues. Your support helps us continually innovate, develop tools and encourage new mapmakers to take these critical issues into their scope of work. 

During Climate Week, Green Map System will be taking part in several events in NYC, too! The link below has details. 

Find us at the Union Square Greenmarket with Parsons the New School of Design students in a Climate Pop Up on Friday Sept 19, and pick up a current Green Map.

On the 20th, we are part of three events: LUNGS Harvest Festival, 11 am at Green Oasis Community Garden in the East Village; 3:30 at Brooklyn Permaculture Festival at the Old Stone House; and at 6:15, at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces for the History of Grassroots Activism. 

Come to our office for a workshop on Friday Sept 26, too. From 5 to 7:30pm, we'll be exchanging climate mapping concepts and demoing our new Mobile Site Collector, mixing a great group of local and global participants from South Africa, the Czech Republic, UK and NYC! This free event (with walking tour) is officially part of Climate Week NYC (calendars of events linked below). Guest speakers include Dr Robert Zuber of Global Action to Prevent War. 

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you then or another time during Climate Week, too - contact us to make a special appointment, and explore how Green Mapmaking can help your community envision climate impacts and the changes to come. 

Wherever you are, this season, make addressing climate health your priority! Thank you from everyone in the 65-country Green Map network. 

Join our 9/26 workshop, hands on demo & tour
Join our 9/26 workshop, hands on demo & tour

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