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 5, 2014

Happy Year of the Bicycle?!

Green Map
Green Map's Mobile Site Collector will debut soon

Happy Lunar Year to our Global Giving donors!

We hope that Year of the Horse is a healthy, wonderful, and prosperous year for you, full of hope and happiness.

Thanks to your contributions, we have continued to make progress on our efforts to involve communities in China and Taiwan in sustainability through Green Mapmaking.

Our newest Chinese-language release is a short video about creating Green Map cycling tours. Designed to encourage more people to use this non-polluting form of transportation, participants also become more informed about important issues. It’s a fun way to help people connect, exchange and improve their community! Check it out at the link below.

We based this informational video on our award-winning climate-change related tours. We also have made a Chinese Green Map of Manhattan’s Lower East Side that highlights impacts and resiliency resources for residents and visitors of all backgrounds. As seen at the Facebook link below, we will be extending our work in relation to this critical effort this year.

In our next report, we expect to announce the debut of the new Green Map Mobile Site Collector, which will include Chinese among its languages! Again, this is thanks to you!! You can catch a glimpse of it in the video. We are looking forward to seeing people use it on their phones, tablets and computers, and expect it to greatly advance our mission of inclusive participation in sustainable community development.

Wishing you the best of the season! 

Angran Li helped film our new video
Angran Li helped film our new video

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Nov 7, 2013

Thank You for Support Green Mapmaking in China!

Adapting to Change Green Map in Chinese
Adapting to Change Green Map in Chinese

Thanks to your support, recent months have proved to be very exciting for Green Map's efforts, both in China and with our own community’s local Chinese population here in New York City.   

Your generous contributions to us through Global Giving have made it possible to welcome two young women who are deeply interested in China and Taiwan to our Green Map team.  Angran is a design student from Beijing, currently studying at Parsons the New School of Design. Eugenie was born in Taiwan, and is passionate about music, education, energy efficiency and local food. Take a look at a video that will introduce you to our Chinese-speaking staff by clicking the Blog linked below.

Currently, we are just completing a survey of Green Mapmakers in China and Taiwan to find out more about what these diverse teams need and what they have created. Next, these newly shared resources can be assessed and amplified to help others succeed in engaging community members in creating Green Maps.  We are fostering the growing Green Map network in several ways, starting by putting each respondent in contact with the others, along with information about their skills and strengths. 

Connecting Local and Global

Locally in New York, our award-winning “Adapting to Change” Lower East Ride Green Map was recently translated into Cantonese. Produced as a postcard and as a poster, the map highlights the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and resiliency resources on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Bicycling is featured, including the 45 new bike share stations is this district. With Spanish, English and Chinese editions complete, we have been conducting bicycle tours that bring people together with experts to learn, exchange and develop partnerships. Our most recent tour won a Creative Climate Action Award, as you can see on the Facebook page linked below - you can also download the maps there, and interact with the Open Green Map too!

Now, linking local and global, we are making a short video about how to create a Green Map Cycling Tour! The Chinese version will help bring this fun and informative new way of exploring the map and involve people in China and Taiwan.

Thank you again for all your support! best wishes from all of us at Green Map System!

Chinese-speaking staff at Green Map System
Chinese-speaking staff at Green Map System

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Nov 6, 2013

Thank YOU for helping Green Mapmakers Worldwide!

Green Map Thanks YOU!
Green Map Thanks YOU!

To our supporters via Global Giving:

We think of you often! Your help means we can work with hundreds of local Green Map teams who work very hard on creating Green Maps that motivate positive change in communities of all scales, across the US and beyond. The presentation linked below tells more of the story – feel free to share it with friends or use it to ignite a new Green Map in your hometown.

You have supported fundamental improvements in our mapping platform which now has 40 countries using it! 

Open Green Maps offer a very low cost, highly participative way to share information about each community’s resources for sustainable and resilient living. In 2013, we have been upgrading the underlying infrastructure (including Google Map #3), with improvements to the green site information windows now nearly complete. Excitingly, you are helping us develop a new mobile site collection app – more news about this and 2014 goals soon!

You have supported mapmaker surveys that led to more social media integration too. We produced a guide to help our network promote local, regional and global efforts on free media to reach new audiences. It's one of the newest in our online Tool Center, where all of us can share engagement, criteria setting, outreach and education resources.

With your help we can respond directly to the needs articulated by this diverse network, and work together for a better world

Thank you again and enjoy the slideshow!

Our best wishes to you.    


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