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 GlobalLocally 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!
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!
Thanks to you, donors, we are happy to announce that an important Guide to Making Green Maps has been translated into simplified Chinese!
Created in Europe by the 4BsHive, this colorful guide highlights 4 different ways to create Green Maps. With the help of wonderful mapmakers at the China Mangrove Conservation Network and our staff members Hui Zhou and Aaron Reiss, this fantastic resource is now available to our growing community of local Green Mapmakers in China, and to the public.
You are welcome to download in Chinese as a compressed 2MB PDF or as a full scale, zipped 19MB PDF.
This guide has an interesting story. The original 4BsHive project started early in 2009, with European Union funding. It’s a collaborative project between four cities: Bistrita (Romania), Bristol (United Kingdom), Berlin (Germany), and Budapest (Hungary) - hence the "4 Bs".
After two years of adult learning exchanges and mobilities and Green Mapmaking workshops, the 4BsHive project culminated in July 2011 with a wonderful guide that explored 4 ways to create a Green Map. Find more, including the original English 4BsHive Guide to Green Mapping and an excellent video (see both on blog linked below).
That the 4BsHive Guide is now available in Chinese means that our burgeoning network of locally-led projects in China will have a much stronger foundation on which to start their own projects. We would like to thank everyone involved, including you! Your contributions at Global Giving mean that we can do more to support local leadership for sustainable, healthy communities throughout China!
You'll hear from us again as GlobalGiving's June 12 Match Day approaches. We wish you all the best in the weeks until then. Thank you! !
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!
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.
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