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 1, 2013

Updates from China's Green Map projects

Posing with a Lujiazui Slow Life Green Map
Posing with a Lujiazui Slow Life Green Map

Happy New Year to all Green Map contributors - the Year of the Water Snake symbolizes progress and creativity – this makes us excited about the possibilities! 

We are pleased to share the achievements of the Shanghai Oasis Center, South China University of Technology and Green Map Xinhui. Each has promoted a wide range of environmentally conscious businesses and organizations in their local communities, as detailed in the blog linked below. 

The Shanghai Oasis Center started its Open Green Map journey in the summer of 2012, and since has gathered over 300 contributors to publish four Open Green Maps - a fifth is in progress! 

Similarly, the South China University of Technology and Green Map Xinhui have respectively produced Open Green Maps highlighting environmentally significant locations as well as cultural and historic sites. We are continually inspired by the progress of these groups and look forward to learning more of their success. 

Our student ambassador, Hui translated and posted their blogs just before she returned home to Beijing. While we miss her, we are excited for her future and know her passion for sustainability will follow her wherever she goes. Her Mother came for graduation and we celebrated together (photo below).

Our Chinese Project Coordinator, Aaron Reiss, has moved into New York City’s Chinatown to improve his language skills. In the coming weeks, we will be working with the group who sent us the message below about creating a Green Map Toolkit for Guangzhou. We appreciate their enthusiasm!

Overall we are happy to note the progress and development of the Chinese Open Green Maps, including twelve interactive projects in Taiwan. We added new features, including the ability to quickly duplicate sites. This made it fast and easy for each Green Map team to add similar types of sites like transit stations, bike share locations and recycling drop off points in their communities.

Watch for our growing momentum in the coming year. As always, thank you for your support. We wish you a healthy and sustainable Year of the Snake! 

Hui graduated!
Hui graduated!
Collaboration is key to success
Collaboration is key to success

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Feb 26, 2013

From A to Z with Green Map

Selected Updates since our Bellagio
Selected Updates since our Bellagio 'summit'

An important part of our work involves meeting potential partners and helping people get ‘up to speed’ with our tools. In 2013, visitors from A to Z have been in our New York office – quite literally including five Albanian mayors on a US study tour and a group of Zambian tourism officials who will be hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference this fall. 

 Both these groups came to us through the US State Department’s International Visitor Program, which recently gave us a Certificate of Appreciation for sharing our time with these and other guests. We are fortunate to have a recent case study from Albania (linked below) to round out our presentation, and to have experienced mapmakers in the region to follow up with the Africans. In between, Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur visited our office to invite our director to the first Green and Accessible Pilgrimage conference in April (see greenpilgrimjerusalem.org).

Regional and local Green Mapmakers are welcome visitors, too. 

• Coming from Central Pennsylvania, Beatriz Casteneda is preparing the Hershey Green Map launch for the community’s international celebration in March, and will set her Open Green Map against a backdrop of global Green Maps. 

• Montclair New Jersey team member Peg Seip came to discuss recovery mapping and how we can co-develop a participatory planning process that is relevant to low income coastal communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We linked a short video about using Green Maps in crisis situations below). 

• Our neighboring East River Park was also hard hit, and we have begun planning a bicycling tour series and mapping project with community groups that draws upon our post-Sandy ‘reality tour.’ 

 This represents just a few of the interactions we have since the year began. Our office has been busy with our Less = More NYC Green Map project which includes a great printed map to some of the most iconic reuse and waste reduction sites across the city. We’ve just added some updates to our Bellagio Reflections report (linked below) and we’re moving closer to launching our Icon Lab. 

Celebrate with us on Wednesday March 27

Join us in celebrating the Green Map Archive in its new home from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the New York Public Library’s Map Room, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. There will be a tour of the map collection and a chance to see some of the unusual and unique published Green Maps in this collection of nearly 800 maps, education and outreach materials created by Green Mapmakers worldwide. We’ll also be launching our new NYC website and officially thanking the designers at OTTO NY and desigNYC.org who made GreenMapNYC.org possible. All are welcome to this free event, rescheduled due to Sandy’s aftermath.  

We wish you all the best this season and thank you for your ongoing support of the Green Map network!

Jerusalem
Jerusalem's Deputy Mayor Tsur (center) visits us
Supporting
Supporting 'STEM' and eco-education in Albania

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Nov 25, 2012

Sandy's Aftermath in Green Map's Neighborhood

Sandy
Sandy's highwater mark is on our interactive map

With our global headquarters in lower Manhattan's East Village, many have asked how we fared in the midst of Hurricane Sandy. We have been quite lucky. The floodwaters stopped 1.5 blocks from our office, sparing this lovely old building from damage. Nevertheless, the office lost power for the entire workweek. Using our bicycles, we found places to work outside the dark zone, and helped pitch in on the relief efforts.

When the internet came back on, we decided to use FEMA's data to add the high water mark to our interactive map of NYC's energy resources. Our goal is to help people make the connection between energy conservation, renewables and climate change. This is a theme we have included in our hometown Green Maps for many years. You can even download the PDF of our 2006 edition (to the right of the online map under Info), which outlines infrastructure impacts and other aftermath realities. We designed the interactive edition so you can embed it in your own website or blog, sharing knowledge and awareness - use the link that's below in this report. In the coming days, high water lines throughout the region will be added to OpenGreenMap.org/nycenergy. We expect to share this with other maps on the Open Green Map platform. 

It's stunning to see how and where the water rose and as you probably know, Sandy has become a broad call to action for a more resilient approach to planning for climate change. We're surveying Green Mapmakers in Chinese, Spanish and English now and hope to share updated mapping resources shortly. 

While we had several Sandy-related postponements, including our planned Green Map Archive Launch event (new date TBA), we are happy to invite you to two events in December in NYC:

On Sunday December 2nd, join the Adapting to Change Cycling Tour. Riders will explore resilient solutions that reduce energy consumption and increase climate awareness. Noted speakers will be joining us on this free ride (click our Facebook link below for details and to RSVP).  This ride builds upon our ’10 Days of Climate Action’ prize-winning Green Culture Cycling Tour, and its resulting map.

On Wednesday December 19, come for a bit of holiday cheer from 6 to 9 pm at Green Map's office, 220A East 4th Street, in the East Village between Aves A & B. All are welcome, no need to RSVP.

We're taking part in #GivingTuesday on Nov 27 and of course, we invite you to support our work in China at this time. The newest Green Map project is at Northeast Normal University in Changchun with the Green Vitality Environment Protection Association! You can be sure we're working hard to support this and other efforts to support healthier, more resilient communities all across the country. 

OpenGreenMap.org/nycenergy with sites toggled off
OpenGreenMap.org/nycenergy with sites toggled off
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