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.
Aug 23, 2013

China Green Map Progress

Work in progress on the Zhaoqing Green Map
Work in progress on the Zhaoqing Green Map

Hello to all our generous donors!

We've had a very good summer with new projects and new contacts made in China, thanks to your support. Perhaps you have noticed Global Giving’s special 100% match of new recurring donations in August – give 4 months in a row and Green Map will receive twice as much – follow the link below for details, thank you!

Last week, we had 7 important Chinese environmental officials visit our office in New York, including the Ministry of the Environment's Director, regional officials and NGOs such as Roots and Shoots Chengdu. Our discussion featured the Green Maps already created in China and how we might work together to extend it. This group came to us through the US State Department International Visitors Program.  

Soon, we will be adding a grad student from Beijing to our staff - she will both help us follow up with new contacts and develop short videos in Chinese and English that will help us share our stories and tools more broadly. Video tutorials in Chinese will provide technical support for Open Green Map users, too.  

She will also help us make Chinese versions of our newly released Social Media Guide for Green Mapmakers. Low cost, fun and effective! 

We’ll soon be posting a blog by the Zhaoqing Green Map project. It's created by the Public Welfare Group of Lingnan Culture, which was founded by students from Guangdong Province. Working with “China Hand” cultural magazine, a number of sharing activities have taken place. They are planning more tours that introduce the methods of making Green Maps as well as the sites. A detail of their newest map-in-progress is featured.

We’re also planning to create a How to Create a Green Map Tour guide in Chinese. Bicycling and walking tours provide an exciting way to introduce green sites and hear from experts on the spot. Experiences from Zhaoqing and other Chinese Green Mapmakers will be referenced as will our own “Adapting to Change” cycling tours and maps highlighting Hurricane Sandy’s impacts and community resilience solutions on NYC’s Lower East Side – these offer a model that has generated media interest and new partnerships. 

Lastly, August has been Impacts Month! We’ve been posting stories from our 2009 Impacts book on Pinterest and Facebook (link below), and gathering new stories to update the book. The Fresh Guangzhou project will be one of the first new stories added! 

Enjoy the season and thank you for making all this happen!  





Impacts Month "Pinterest
Impacts Month "Pinterest' page
"Fresh" at work in Guanzhou
"Fresh" at work in Guanzhou

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Aug 23, 2013

August is Impacts Month @Green Map!

Great teamwork at Green Map this summer
Great teamwork at Green Map this summer

Hello to all our generous donors!

We've had a very good summer with new projects and new contacts made globally, thanks to your support. Perhaps you have noticed GlobalGiving’s special 100% match of new recurring donations in August – give 4 months in a row and Green Map receives twice as much – follow the link below for details, and thank you!

Summer projects highlights:

A newly released Social Media Guide for Green Mapmakers (and model NYC campaigns on popular platforms). Low cost, fun and effective! This guide has 3 goals – 1) help Mapmakers promote their maps, events and activities to new audiences, 2) provide an in-house template for their volunteers and interns, and 3) link their promotions to the global network's social media. We tested out our guide with a new campaign:

Impacts Month! We’ve been posting stories from our 2009 Impacts book on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook (link below), and gathering new stories to update the book from Baltimore, Cape Town, Curitiba, Geneva, Guangzhou, and Gyeonggi-do with more to come! We aim to release the freshly expanded book in 2013. 

Infrastructure Improvements! We have been making important upgrades to the award-winning Open Green Map, our interactive ‘social mapping’ platform, now used in 37 countries to create easily shared, readily updated maps that are open public suggestions, images and viewpoint maps. Once these upgrades ‘go live’ in September, we’ll fill you in on what’s been accomplished and the next phase of this ever-growing platform. Your support makes a crucial difference here!

We have also had fun (serious fun) providing “Adapting to Change” cycling tours and maps highlighting Hurricane Sandy’s impacts and community resilience solutions on NYC’s Lower East Side (see the Facebook page linked below, with both interactive and printed maps – Spanish edition to come!). Open to everyone, our next tour will be September 27. It’s an official NYC Climate Week event and part of 10 Days of Climate Action. 

We had a terrific Board Reunion this summer and its 'knock-on effects' keep growing. It was a great season for meaningful, inspiring meetings, and for fabulous interns who did so much to advance our work, locally and globally! Visit our blog at GreenMap.org/news any time for more news.

Share our work on your social media (our Twitter handle is #GreenMap) or send our introductory slideshow (below) to generate interest in starting a new Green Map project! 

Impacts Month & GlobalGiving's Match continues through August. We'd like to thank you, and wish you the best as the seasons change. 

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Jun 10, 2013

New Mobile Green Maps! June 12 is Match Day!

Explore GreenMap.org on mobiles!
Explore GreenMap.org on mobiles!

Hello GlobalGiving Donors!

Wednesday is a special Match day – starting at 9AM EST, your donation will help us accomplish 50% more!

Today, we have good news to share – there’s a brand new way to explore Green Maps!

Got a mobile phone or tablet? Check out GreenMap.org on your browser. Experience this new interactive map on your desktop at http://m.greenmap.org too! 

As you explore and zoom in, more sites from the Open Green Map will come into view. Finally, you can explore green sites in relationship to each other while you’re on the go. 

Created with the help of a Google-sponsored 24HoursofGood hack day, Green Map’s mobile website is ‘responsive’ - it automatically changes shape to fit your device. 

37 countries now use the Open Green Map platform, so our new mobile website is exciting to hundreds of communities worldwide who are announcing it to their audiences now too! Zoom around or tap the top square and type in a different location. If your city’s sites are not on the map, consider leading a new Green Map project. 

Next, we are planning to build new iPhone and Android apps with more features, including site collection and the interactive mobile map, but we need your help!  Please donate and share this link - http://goto.gg/1965 - with your friends, social media, etc.

On June 12, your donation will be matched! Give this Wednesday at 9AM EST - GlobalGiving’s pool of matching funds will only last a couple hours, so set your clock, please. 50% more! Give $20, we’ll receive $30! Give $100, we’ll receive $150, 50% more up to $1000!

Give this project a running start! Our Open Green Map platform and new ways to explore it - including this mobile website and apps – are continually being improved to support progress toward a sustainable future. 

Thank you! Together we can Connect, Inform, Inspire! 

Zoom in and around to see more green sites
Zoom in and around to see more green sites
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Select a Location, Map or List

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