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.
Sep 6, 2012

The Green Map Archive is on the move!

Collected since 1995, our Archive is on the move!
Collected since 1995, our Archive is on the move!

To our dear supporters:

This message begins with a call to action, responding to the surprise announcement from Global Giving -
Global Giving just began a new promotion wherein they will match the base donation amount of any monthly recurring donation that is set up by this Friday, September 7th.  For example: if you sign up for a monthly recurring donation of $25 and if you stay subscribed through the end of 2012, Global Giving donate an additional one-time sum of $25!  Your base amount can be $10 to $200 for this match!

The promotion comes at a great time as Green Map System is finalizing a landmark archiving project in collaboration with the New York Public Library. This fall, the entire Green Map Archive will be moved to one of the world's premier map collections, the Map Division at the library’s main branch in midtown Manhattan.  This will create a permanent home for over 500 locally designed and printed Green Maps along with a wide array of outreach and education resources.  The Archive will include high-resolution digital versions of many of these intricate maps for research, exhibition, city planning and tourism purposes.  Benefiting journalists, community planners and sustainability proponents from all sectors of society, this Archive also includes a selection of locally-produced reports, mapmaking guides, promotional posters and other exemplary Green Map resources. Our goal in the future is to connect the Archive to the Mapmaker’s profile on GreenMap.org, extending its usefulness worldwide. 

With the involvement of several interns and information specialists, we are achieving an important goal. We will be inviting you to the celebration for this new Archive this fall. 

Global Giving's promotion is a great opportunity for our program and we would be sincerely grateful if you could take part by Friday! Any recurring contribution made for at least 3 months after the initial donation, up to $200 a month, will have the increased impact of Global Giving's matching gift. 

As always, thank you so much for all of your continued support for this effort to empower people working at the intersection of community engagement, sustainability and mapping. Best wishes for a beautiful end to the Summer, and a hope for an equally beautiful Fall.

Our Archive team in 2011
Our Archive team in 2011
A selection of Asian Green Maps in the Archive
A selection of Asian Green Maps in the Archive

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Sep 6, 2012

Expanding with the Green Map Initiative in China

Aaron
Aaron's view of the rural valley where he lived.

To our dear supporters:

This message begins with a call to action, responding to the surprise announcement from Global Giving!
Global Giving just began a new promotion wherein they will match the base donation amount of any monthly recurring donation that is set up by this Friday, September 7th.  For example: if you sign up for a monthly recurring donation of $25 and if you stay subscribed through the end of 2012, Global Giving donate an additional one-time sum of $25!  Your base amount can be $10 to $200 for this match!

The promotion comes at a great time as Green Map System welcomes a new staff member with a passion for China and Environmentalism to its team.  Aaron is a recent graduate of Yale University with a degree in Environmental and Urban Studies.  Before coming to Green Map System, he spent two years living, teaching and mapping in rural Anhui, China (not far from the famous Yellow Mountain).  During his two years, he completed several maps with his students where they explored their local village, learned about its history and discussed its future development.
Aaron brings a renewed focus and passion to the Open Green Map Project for the greening of China. Together with our China Program Intern, Hui Zhou, we are expecting to make solid progress in the coming months. Her summer vacation included meeting with our Beijing partners at Friends of Nature, and she returned with fresh new Green Maps and Icon resources. 

Thus, Global Giving's promotion is a great opportunity for our project and we would be sincerely grateful if you could take part by Friday! Any recurring contribution made for at least 3 months after the initial donation, up to $200 a month, will have the increased impact of Global Giving's matching gift. 

As always, thank you so much for all of your continued support for this effort to empower environmentalists in China. Best wishes for a beautiful end to the Summer, and a hope for an equally beautiful Fall.

Aaron
Aaron's students mapped Wanan Village for visitors
Chinese version of this message
Chinese version of this message

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Jun 11, 2012

Reaching and Engaging More Chinese Communities

Double Dragons Park Green Map, made in Kunming
Double Dragons Park Green Map, made in Kunming

Hello to our wonderful Global Giving supporter,

We invite you to contribute on Wednesday June 13* during GlobalGiving’s Match Day. We have exciting news – not only is Green Map System a Superstar and eligible for 50% more from GlobalGiving, but an anonymous donor will ‘match the match’ and your donations will be 100% doubled! 

Match Day is so important to us. We hope you will contribute and let your friends know how our organization builds capacity for the participatory development of smarter, healthier and greener communities across China.

Maps are a powerful form of media. Now in 65 countries, local Green Map making teams are using our adaptable tools and technologies to share insights about green living and their home’s unique natural and cultural environment. Your support will help our award-winning organization work smarter and effectively support more communities and collaborations in China, such as these: 

- In Yunnan provide, Green Kunming has involved schools and universities in 'Loving Our Hometown' with delightful, purposeful outcomes, as seen and linked here. 
- AIESEC Changsha is interested in developing a Bicycling Green Map, inspired by the Beijing, Tokyo, Yogyakarta and Brooklyn Cycling Green Maps we provided as examples to this team. 
- Lanzhou University’s Greenteam, Beyondark of Zhengzhou, and Hainan Normal University’s Green Hainan Environmental Protection Association have officially registered as Green Mapmakers this season, bringing perspectives from Western, Central, and Southern China to our network. We look forward to continuing active conversations with emerging and established organizations in Mainland China.
- Thanks to our partners and dedicated Green Mapmakers, there are now scores of Chinese Green Maps prepared for inclusion in the Green Map Archive, which will soon be moving to the esteemed Map Collection at the New York Public Library, where they can benefit community developers, media, researchers and students long into the future.

The original Green Map of NYC was inspired by the Earth Summit. Now Rio+20, its 20th anniversary event, is upon us. Our practical approach has blossomed during this period and with your help, we have impacted 816 communities in 65 countries. Across China as well as these nations, the maps and the map making process have proven their value as they guide the way to healthier local economies and environments. Please take action and extend these impacts today!

*Global Giving’s Match starts precisely at 12:01AM EDT on Wednesday June 13. This moment will be Noon in Beijing (or 6AM in Stockholm/Cape Town) and on the West Coast/San Francisco, the clock starts at 9 PM on Tuesday June 12. Your donations are tax deductible, where applicable.

Give early and help Green Map get a share of Global Giving’s matching funds as well as our own donor’s match, and double the impacts of your contribution. Thank you twice for your support!

Maliaohe Wetlands Green Map, made in Kunming
Maliaohe Wetlands Green Map, made in Kunming
Guandu History & Cultural Green Map from Kunming
Guandu History & Cultural Green Map from Kunming

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