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.
Mar 2, 2010

Take Green Map With You!

The award-winning Green Map movement has joined the mobile revolution! Two great resources for green living debuted in February - a mobile website designed for all internet-enabled cellphones and the Green Map iPhone App!

Ideal for locals and tourists alike, both feature "What's Green Nearby?™" a handy tool for connecting with green resources on the go. The iPhone App includes 10 additional sections, delivering an insightful view into this global movement through its engaging Green Maps, videos, photos, blog, and more. In keeping with Green Map System's mission of inclusive participation in sustainable communities, this dual launch is designed to serve a broad diversity of mobile phone users at no cost.

Access the mobile website: Simply type GreenMap.org into any phone's browser. An array of green living resources pops up, arranged by those nearest to your location. Click any site for details, and then, click the address to plot the site on your phone's built-in map. Or, type in a city you plan to visit. Navigate with your phone's buttons and connect with nature, culture and sustainability sites directly. Today on the beta version, you can explore 9000 sites. In the future, you will be able to interact and contribute your own viewpoints, images and more.

Get the Green Map iPhone App: Search for Green Map in the Apple Store or click GreenMap.org/app. Version 1.0 delivers a view of this dynamic locally-led global sustainability movement unlike any you have ever seen before.

"Richly illustrated with expressive, locally-designed Green Maps, background on the Green Map movement and its impacts, media reports and news all come into view so users can directly explore the remarkable people, places and outcomes of the Green Map movement", noted Wendy Brawer, Founding Director. "Our design team utilized AppMakr to develop the iPhone app in less than a month, and members of our Board pitched in to create the mobile website. With the help of sponsoring companies, foundations and individual donors, we'll be building richer versions and continually improving exploration and interaction, contributing much to community well-being and the future we all share."

We invited our Global Giving supporters to be among the first to use these new tools and we welcome your feedback.

During the App's first week, it was downloaded in 21 countries, an indication of global interest in green living. Articles appeared in Treehugger, the Daily Green, Download Squad, 3R Living, and other places. A new feature was added - the ability to explore the sites by the Green Map Icon! Click Take Green Map With You at http://GreenMap.org for updates and more about our first mobile tools.

At Green Map System, we've started planning yet another way for people to discover the green sites with an on site marker system that requires no technology, not even a map! Watch for news on this and other resources for youth, community and civic Green Mapmaking – and our sincere thanks for all you do to help us support dynamic locally-led Green Map projects worldwide.

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Dec 30, 2009

Foresight and our Common Future

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Green Map's CO2 reduction exhibit, delivered to COP15 by bike

It's been quite an exciting season at Green Map System!

We were very pleased with the generous response you made towards our participation in the Give More – Get More Campaign. A total of $7,390 was raised, including Global Giving's match and bonuses from our Board. Early in the new year, we will draw prizes, as promised, and contact the winners. Your support is very important to over 625 communities worldwide with registered Green Map projects, and helps us build a sustainable future together.

December was especially meaningful to me, as Green Map's director. I went to Copenhagen for the United Nations climate conference COP 15! I've created a series of blog posts, starting at GreenMap.org/cop15 about events there with Green Mapmakers from Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia and Taiwan. It was a great opportunity to develop movement-wide plans for the decade ahead and meet people who will initiate new Green Map projects and partnerships.

Today, people everywhere are seeking meaningful ways to address climate change, overcome a lack of government vision and restore hope for a healthier and greener future. With your donation to Green Map System, we can offer millions of people a new opportunity to create a sustainable future, starting right in their own hometown.

We have offered this opportunity for nearly 15 years – what makes it different now?

First of all, 2009 was a remarkably effective year for us. One key indicator: the number of newly registered projects surged 35% - now another 119 communities, from Sao Paulo Brazil to Edinburgh UK to Dalian China to Oakland California - have Green Maps in progress!

Our technology took a giant step forward in 2009. Through the launch of our Open Green Map platform, we have made it so much easier to publish, share and explore Green Maps. Each of the 7,300 sites mapped to date is ready for your viewpoints, assessments and images. Now, the Open Green Map is even available on your mobile phone! We'll be announcing this breakthrough in January but you can give it a whirl today by clicking GreenMap.org on any internet-enabled phone.

We want to help you make the world a better place, too!

  • If you are working with teens, we have free modules and mapping strategies that will help them plug in to climate-healthy energy uses and empower them as citizens and leaders.
  • If you are seeking model best practices, the Open Green Map offers a quick no-cost way to compare how diverse green sites are making change happen – click open the 'info-window' on any site, then 'connections' and 'related sites' for nearby and worldwide insights.
  • Seeking ways to spur community engagement with remarkably beneficial outcomes? Download our 2009 book at GreenMap.org/impacts, and explore articles by media worldwide. Of course, GreenMap.org has downloadable Green Maps provided by local project leaders, our global Blog and Store.
  • If you are ready to join our network of city agencies, NGOs and grassroots groups, schools and social entrepreneurs who are using Green Mapmaking to create a powerful vision of change in your community, click Participate and lead the way.

Our world is a beautiful place. Join us in telling its story from your place in the world, and help everyone see it that way!

Best wishes for a sustainable start to the New Year and new decade from everyone at Green Map System!

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Nov 23, 2009

Fresh Blogs, Tangible Outcomes!

Click News or the Blog links below for the latest updates
Click News or the Blog links below for the latest updates

All Green Map project leaders are invited to blog at GreenMap.org/news, where you can quickly enjoy some of the latest activities and impacts of local Green Map projects. Here are some highlights from our Blog's front page today:

Copenhagen: Green Map System and Green Mapmakers are presenting our practical, community building approaches at several events and meetings during COP15, the UN climate conference.

Indonesia: 3 prestigious national media awards recognized creators of Green Map stories!

Craik Canada: This rural Green Map project has added 1500 images to the online resources it already offers. Now building an eco centre using natural materials, the Craik Sustainable Living Project is planning to make a new Green Map in 2010.

Tianjin China: The "Love Without Borders" group provides delightful images of the 25 people who experienced their October Green Map workshop. Scroll further down for a translated Blog.

Iceland: Green Map Iceland held an exhibition celebrating the 3,171 sites they have charted using both Green Map Icons and ‘home grown’ Icelandic icons signifying volcanoes, whale-watching areas, light-houses and turf-houses.

Kauai Hawaii: Enjoy Current TV video clips about the Kauai Green Map and how it supports local green businesses created by Malama Kaua'i, a Kilauea based non-profit.

New York City: Recent interactions with local universities and student interns' reflections on their experience at the global Green Map office.

Budapest Hungary: A terrific new digital Budapest Green Map was launched at a press conference and resulted in exciting media coverage for the Hungarian Association of Conscious Consumers on World Heritage Day.

Detroit USA: Announcing plans to restart their project, Green Map Detroit invited all interested partners to meet and discuss at the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit event.

Cape Town South Africa: As the city gears up to host the FIFA World Cup Games in 2010, the City of Cape Town is moving quickly on printed and Open Green Maps.

Click the 'More' link at the bottom of each page of the Blog - the stories continue. This is an inspiring testament to the diversity and impacts Green Map System has supported worldwide!

We hope you are inspired to support our work and all these green communities worldwide. Your donations are worth 50% more to Green Map in November, thanks to Global Giving and our board of directors. Special thanks to all who help us meet this Challenge. We all win when we work together to make the world a better place!

Visit GreenMap.org/news anytime for fresh Blog posts and inspiration, thanks to the dedication and insights of Green Mapmakers around the world.


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