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.
Jul 2, 2010

Green Map Progress in China, midsummer 2010

Guangzhou Mega University Green Map
Guangzhou Mega University Green Map

Through your kind donations, Green Map System has proceeded further with our aim of promoting and localizing sustainable living resources in China and Taiwan. There are currently 13 Mapmakers and 30 Green Maps in China. In Taiwan, 22 registered Green Mapmakers have produced 88 Green Maps! This Global Giving project has been instrumental is making China one of our most active countries. There is now greater awareness across an even more diverse group of population and topics.

Since this Global Giving project started, new Green Maps in China have impacted communities that range from students to socially responsible companies. Geographically, their locations are spread out, from Beijing in the North to Yunnan Province in the South.

We recently received copies of the FRESH Green Map of Guangzhou's Higher Education Mega Center (see image below). It was created by university students who are reaching out to their local communities as they charted sustainable areas and recycling facilities within this educational hub. Your support assists them in promoting more environmentally aware choices. If you would like a printed copy, please send a large self addressed stamped envelope to our office: Green Map, 220A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009. Find other resources, such as the Kumming Youth Green Map or the Little Things article on our website.

Since our last update, we have proceeded with the translation of the Open Green Map interface, and subsequently the all-important FAQ pages. However, there remains more work to be done, translating tools, videos and other resources for youth and community Green Mapmaking. With the aid of our Green Mapmakers in China, we have plans to further collaborate on new resources and expand our translation efforts. Through this, we hope to build ties with our Chinese partners so that they can work on ground to address issues of sustainability and a healthy environment.

Kumming China Youth Green Map 2010
Kumming China Youth Green Map 2010
Green Map in
Green Map in 'Little Things" magazine, May 2010
Jun 15, 2010

Green Map Inspires and Trains the Next Generation!

Bristol UK
Bristol UK's Steve Parry training adult learners

As a supporter of Green Map System, you may not have realized you are also helping to support a wonderful internship program that bolsters leadership for a sustainable future.

At our New York office, we welcome students from all corners of the world to volunteer with us. Each receives training related to their own field of study. International policy, planning, food and nutrition, design and education are in the current ‘class’ of interns. As you can see in our blog at GreenMap.org/news, between 15 and 20 interns undertake a variety of tasks as they are exposed to sustainability in action! Whether it’s creating new mapmaking resources or assessing the impacts of Green Map projects in over 670 communities, each gains important communications, technology, organizing and management skills that make a positive contribution to their community and profession. As shown below, visitors like Philip Todres from Cape Town South Africa's Green Map project often visit and share directly with interns and our staff to benefit ongoing development.

We have also begun our summer ‘semi-virtual internship’ program for 2010. This special program helps us assist a larger group of student Green Mapmakers. Starting with a two-day training, each student works independently on a theme, campus or neighborhood Green Map. As seen at at the link below, each participant blogs weekly about their progress, and meets with our program coordinator, Celine Teo Ying Zhen, as needed. There’s a midpoint meet-up in July and in August, an exchange of completed Green Maps and lessons learned by this cohort of students from six universities. We’ll also invite the 2009 participants who have continued to develop their Green Maps all year! You are welcome to the exchange – watch the blog for details.

2009 was the first time we held the ‘semi-virtual internship’ and we have improved the process for 2010. We appreciate having the support of Con Edison for this New York-based project, but hope that you will contribute generously as we aim to share the process and outcomes more broadly, creating resources that will help Green Map projects around the world, hosting their own versions of this program. Of course, we'll incorporate the outcomes of related programs, such as the 4BsHive, a network of European Green Mapmakers who are involving a diverse group of adult learners in a European Union-funded exchange mapping program (shown in the attached photo in Budapest's technology lab).

Our ongoing in-house interns as well as those who take part in summer programs and trainings give so much to the global Green Map program. Your donation is a big THANK YOU to their thoughtful efforts to make the world a better place for all of us.

Help us extend a hand to far more youth, life-long learners and other dedicated Green Mapmakers who love their home places!

As our thanks to you – we invite you to visit GreenMap.org/widgets (linked below) and find out how to add our great content to your website or blog. It's easy and you'll be showcasing Green Maps, green sites, photos and more that help spread the word about the global Green Map program!

Our best wishes for a green and healthy summer!

Semi-Virtual Green Map Interns 2010
Semi-Virtual Green Map Interns 2010
Visiting Green Mapmakers share outcomes
Visiting Green Mapmakers share outcomes

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Mar 9, 2010

Chinese Interface Underway at Open Green Map

Open Green Map in Chinese, in progress
Open Green Map in Chinese, in progress

This introduction is in Chinese below. Dear supporters at Global Giving, Thanks to you, we are now working on the Chinese interpretation of the Open Green Map. You can see the start of it online now here: http://OpenGreenMap.org/zh-hans/home We expect to complete this important work in summer 2010. Then, we will reach out to Chinese media, bloggers, universities, municipalities and others, encouraging more people to become Green Mapmakers and create Open Green Maps! Thank you again! You may enjoy using the new mobile version of Open Green Map and the Green Map iPhone App, too. Find out more in our blog (linked below) (in English). best wishes from everyone at Green Map! 亲爱的“全球捐赠网”的支持者们: 非常感谢您的帮助!目前我们正在着手“开放绿地图”(Open Green Map)的翻译工作。您可以在线看到我们的初步成果:http://OpenGreenMap.org/zh-hans/home 我们预期在2010年夏天之前完成这项重要的任务。之后我们希望能够能与中国的媒体,博客们,大学,行政部门以及其他机构开展合作,并以此鼓励更多的参与者加入到“开放绿地图”创建者的行列中。 再次表示感谢! 您还能够体验新的手机版绿地图以及iPhone绿地图应用程序。您可以在此找到更多的信息:http://GreenMap.org/greenhouse/en/node/7844 (此网站内容为英文)

Daling Open Green Map
Daling Open Green Map
Bo Wang, interning at Green Map System
Bo Wang, interning at Green Map System

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