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.
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
Follow us on Twitter on #GivingTuesday or anytime!
Follow us on Twitter on #GivingTuesday or anytime!

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Nov 23, 2012

Post-Sandy Efforts around Green Map's Home in NYC

Sandy
Sandy's highwater mark is on our interactive map

Many have asked how we fared in the midst of Hurricane Sandy. We have been quite lucky. The floodwaters stopped just 1.5 blocks from our office in lower Manhattan's East Village, sparing this lovely old building from damage. Nevertheless, both the office and my apartment 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.

We decided to add the high water mark to our interactive map of NYC's energy resources 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.

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 now and hope to share updated mapping resources shortly. In the coming weeks, we're using FEMA's data to add more regional impacts to the map, too, and expect to share these with other maps on the Open Green Map platform. 

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:

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 to RSVP).  This ride builds on 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 at this time. You can be sure we're working hard to support the social change needed to address climate change in hundreds of communities at once! 

OpenGreenMap.org/nycenergy with sites toggled off
OpenGreenMap.org/nycenergy with sites toggled off
Follow us on Twitter on #GivingTuesday or anytime!
Follow us on Twitter on #GivingTuesday or anytime!

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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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