This year, Green Map System has an exciting initiative underway. We aim to make our physical collection of Green Maps and related materials created worldwide available to the public through an archiving library as well as digitally through online conduits. Accomplishing this will offer models of inclusive sustainable community development and help to spread awareness to localities all over the world, China very much included.
An important step in creating the Green Map Archive is the physical organization and evaluation of the Green Maps and materials. During this process, we’ve gone through almost a hundred diverse maps and materials created in China and Taiwan. Some of the most recent detail precious ecological systems such as the Hongze Lake (by Nanjing University), the Little South China Sea Wetlands (by Chongqing University) and Wetlands Techeng Island (by South China University of Technology)– these were created in 30 universities in partnership with WWF China. These three great examples are shown here, but all can be downloaded from WWF’s webpage linked below. Beijing, Taipei and other urban environments are included as noted in our earlier Progress Reports (archived at Global Giving) and in the profiles of GreenMap.org.
“Viewing such an assortment of maps en masse is a testament to the level of involvement and commitment that many Chinese communities have put forth towards the advancement of sustainable living in their communities”, said Joseph Pangilinan, an intern (and planning student) at the New York office.
Our Korean marketing intern, Jinhwa Ju added, "It seems Green Map is a great educational tool for many Chinese students - their Green Maps are beautiful with a hand-printing sensibility remarkable as the outcomes of proactive participation. They look very nice and they share a deep understand of the environment. I am most impressed by the Wetland Green Maps and feel these high quality results will promote the bright future of their local education and communities."
The advancement achieved in the creation of Green Maps and the development of this Archive could not have been possible without your donations and support. Green Map System looks forward to another year of working towards spreading green living and sustainable awareness in China and the rest of the globe. Find out more about our Archives in the blog posts linked below, and envision the new initiatives they will help inspire worldwide.
Thanks to the support of Global Giving donors like you, we've had another year of positive communications and activities in China for sustainable community development through mapmaking in 2010.
This year, new projects in Hangzhou, Xiamen-Wecl, Qujing City, Shanxi, Dongtai, Jiangxi and Shanghai are making a real difference in their communities. This is also the first year of WWF China Green Map projects, and 30 universities took part in charting fresh water and wetlands - these Green Maps were shown at EXPO and are now touring (a link below describes Nanjing's exhibit). Find more about this in progress reports added earlier in 2010.
University students are important stakeholders. We are delighted that the Fresh EPA group in Guangzhou has added several blog posts about the work they undertook this year to our website (see links below, or click News on GreenMap.org/home anytime). Now helping to spread Green Mapmaking to other universities and NGOs in the region, this group has published a wonderfully detailed Green Map of the Higher Education Mega Center, completed several community maps and developed their own workshops and hand-on activities.
We look forward to continuing to work with these students and many others across China in the year to come. To support this effort more fully, we are expecting to increase our team with a native speaker of Chinese this winter. We are hoping some of our latest resources - possibly including the Green Map iPhone App (which has new data collecting features, as seen at GreenMap.org/app) can become more available for the many kinds of smartphones being used by Chinese people. Your help will help us do more to support on-the-ground community building, skill sharing, communicating clearly about sustainability's complexities and strengthening networks in China.
Thank you and our best wishes for a healthy and green 2011!
Our network in cities and towns throughout China and Taiwan continually makes progress as each project works to engage local communities in sustainability.
This season, we have had a new kind of partnership underway with WWF China. As seen in their webpage about the program (linked below in Chinese and English), a unique series of wetlands Green Maps will be on view at the 2010 EXPO in Shanghai in late September. These were created by 30 university teams working with WWF China's Wetlands Action program, with the involvement of Green Map Beijing and experienced Green Mapmakers at China Mangrove Conservation Network! It was exciting to note that their call for participation received a greater than expected response, and WWF expanded the program so more students could take part.
We are looking forward to receiving copies of these wetlands and fresh water-themed Green Maps in New York, sharing them with you and making them a part of our Archive. Our goal in the coming year is to collect or create a digital version of every Green Map so anyone can access them on demand. Useful for technology transfer, assessing progress toward sustainability and to change perspectives, our Archive - which now includes over 500 published Green Maps, plus locally developed education and outreach resources - will make an important contribution that benefits all of society.
We are continuing to make progress on the Open Green Map's Chinese interface, and getting the word out about this resource. Society of Wilderness is starting to develop a Service Learning program for students. Ideal for this purpose, each student can contribute a site, then continually report what they have accomplished, add images, videos etc over time to the Open Green Map platform. We'll attach an image from the PondsPapago Open Green Map. Its 121 green sites highlight the beauty of ponds in Taoyuan.
Green Map System (with PhD candidate Bala Mulloth and law student Sara Imperiale) also contributed a ‘social innovation’ paper to the journal produced for Shanghai's recent 'Young Creators for Better City, Better Life' conference, based at Tongli University. You can download this paper by clicking the link below (it's 8 mb, including images and charts in Chinese and English).
Shanghai has a new Green Map underway too! In our next progress report, we will share more news - in the meantime, thank you so much for your much valued support and interest!
Thank you again!
Through your kind donations, Green Map System has proceeded further with our aim of promoting and localizing sustainable living resources in China and Taiwan. There are currently 13 Mapmakers and 30 Green Maps in China. In Taiwan, 22 registered Green Mapmakers have produced 88 Green Maps! This Global Giving project has been instrumental is making China one of our most active countries. There is now greater awareness across an even more diverse group of population and topics.
Since this Global Giving project started, new Green Maps in China have impacted communities that range from students to socially responsible companies. Geographically, their locations are spread out, from Beijing in the North to Yunnan Province in the South.
We recently received copies of the FRESH Green Map of Guangzhou's Higher Education Mega Center (see image below). It was created by university students who are reaching out to their local communities as they charted sustainable areas and recycling facilities within this educational hub. Your support assists them in promoting more environmentally aware choices. If you would like a printed copy, please send a large self addressed stamped envelope to our office: Green Map, 220A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009. Find other resources, such as the Kumming Youth Green Map or the Little Things article on our website.
Since our last update, we have proceeded with the translation of the Open Green Map interface, and subsequently the all-important FAQ pages. However, there remains more work to be done, translating tools, videos and other resources for youth and community Green Mapmaking. With the aid of our Green Mapmakers in China, we have plans to further collaborate on new resources and expand our translation efforts. Through this, we hope to build ties with our Chinese partners so that they can work on ground to address issues of sustainability and a healthy environment.
This introduction is in Chinese below.
Dear supporters at Global Giving,
Thanks to you, we are now working on the Chinese interpretation of the Open Green Map. You can see the start of it online now here: http://OpenGreenMap.org/zh-hans/home
We expect to complete this important work in summer 2010. Then, we will reach out to Chinese media, bloggers, universities, municipalities and others, encouraging more people to become Green Mapmakers and create Open Green Maps!
Thank you again!
You may enjoy using the new mobile version of Open Green Map and the Green Map iPhone App, too. Find out more in our blog (linked below) (in English).
best wishes from everyone at Green Map!
非常感谢您的帮助！目前我们正在着手“开放绿地图”(Open Green Map)的翻译工作。您可以在线看到我们的初步成果：http://OpenGreenMap.org/zh-hans/home
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