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.
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.
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!
This season, we asked our intern to write and translate this update for you –
I am a graduate student from Beijing currently studying at NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center, and have been working with Green Map System since February. I’d like to share some news and updates about this organization’s China Projects. Thank you for supporting this project!
Here are some of the projects I have undertaken:
First, the poster for Green Map Icons Version 3 has been translated into simplified China in two versions: the global version and the local version. The global version contains the comprehensive 169 globally designed icons introduced in the original version, which will be used to serve Chinese-speaking people in the global Green Map community. The local version is being used to serve the Green Map community within Mainland China. It’s a little shorter! You can download both below, along with a link to the iconography's overview.
Second, the Green Map Icons are being expanded this year, with the involvement of all Green Mapmakers. The invitation to participate in the expansion has been translated into Chinese, and the message has been spread out among Chinese Green Mapmakers; gratefully, we have received some feedbacks about the ideas for our new icons. Watch for more news about this later in the year. We welcome your ideas for new icons we need to highlight new sustainability trends.
In next newsletter, we will inform you about the Green Map Archive process and other outreach to Chinese Green Mapmakers currently underway at Green Map System's office.
A quick shout out, holiday greetings and thanks to our wonderful network of supporters:
Green Map System is delighted to share the good news that the Open Green Map interactive mapping platform that you help to support through your Global Giving donations has just won its third award in 2011!
We won the NetSquared Invitational, an award that comes with a little cash and plenty of help for our ongoing development, which is really great because we have big plans for the year ahead!! A project of TechSoup, NetSquared is focused on the intersection of technology and social impact. Their soon-to-launch new website will feature our video and help us reach a diverse new audience, too.
2011 also brought other honors - we are recipients of one of the very first Victor J Papanek Social Design Awards - this honor features the Open Green Map in exhibitions in Vienna and New York, a book and other outcomes.
And thank you again to Treehugger.com! We received the Best of Green 2011 for our mobile app in the Science and Technology category (we were also honored in their tourism category in 2010).
Today, there are more than:• 60 countries involved• 785 cities, towns and campuses with locally-led Green Map projects• 500 uniquely designed printed editions and• 250 Open Green Maps, linked by• 150 Green Map Icons
Awards are an important part of our outreach strategy and a testament to the value of our work and impacts on communities worldwide through engaged mapmaking. The NetSquared Invitational is the 8th award for Open Green Map and one of 23 international honors to Green Map System overall.
We invite you to explore Open Green Map's 19,300+ locally charted sites and consider using this remarkable social mapping resource to chart progress toward sustainability in your community, too! Of course many communities in China are opting to create beautifully designed printed Green Maps, to ensure that people without computers can benefit from these fresh perspectives on familiar places. Two blogs linked below provide insights into our program, on the ground in China and New Jersey.
Let's make 2012 a transformational year together. Along with this good news, we're enclosing our gratitude for all you have done for us and our best wishes to all for a healthy, resilient, joyful and ecologically-sound year to come.
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