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.
Hello to Green Map supporters! We continue to make steady progress and are excited to share brief updates from the region including and around China.
In September, we topped the 60 country milestone. Among those newly registered is the first Tibetan Green Map project. It was initiated by the Tibetan Village Project, a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development while preserving the rich cultural heritage of Tibet. Tibet is our network’s 10th Asian country!
This summer, a Green Map exhibition was created for the prestigious Zenrin Museum in Kita-kyushu, located just across the East China Sea from Shanghai in Japan. Several Chinese Green Maps were displayed amongst the Green Maps created across Asia and around the world. Lectures and interactive workshops rounded out the visitors’ experience. Youth and families even took time to explore Kita-Kyushu and create their own Green Maps. More about the exhibition is linked below.
Our Social Mapping Platform
Gradually evolving with new features and information, we updated the “About” section of Open Green Map. Fresh EPA students at Guangzhou Mega University Centre pitched in and updated the Chinese interface. This helps us attract new participants from China on a regular basis, with Xinhui, Jiangmen City ( ) - Guangdong Province joining us today.
Blogging from HeFei CHINA
We love seeing the blog posts by dedicated young people like the group of green urban planning students from Hefei University of Technology who shared their method of mapmaking in August. They went out around different parts o the city charting green living sites, taking time to interview citizens, including residents of retirement homes, about their environmental and future visions.
We appreciate how they enriched their mapmaking with in-depth interviews and discussions and we are looking forward to seeing the outcomes! More information about their experience (in Chinese) and and photographs are linked below.
Thank you as always for your support as together, we map our way to be more beautiful and healthy world.
Thanks to all our Global Giving supporters! We are pleased to share introductions to the two newest registered Chinese Green Map projects.
The Green Urban Planning Group of Hefei University of Technology in AnHui Province says “ with persistence and passion, we are planning a garden-city future for the world as a whole”. With communities everywhere beginning to address food security, biodiversity loss, localization and health through gardens and urban farms, we appreciate their outlook. We’re excited to see how Green Mapmaking helps them as they set out to explore and resolve urban-rural issues while building their professional skills and community resiliency.
In Changsa Hunan Province, the first Green Map by AIESEC is underway. An international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential, AIESEC is one of the world’s largest youth organizations with a presence in 850 universities in 90 countries. Motivation for this project originated from efforts to protect the Xiangjiang, the largest river in the province. To do this, the team has created 4 groups - made up of teenagers, young adults, environmentalists and foreign volunteers - and will be testing out different mapmaking techniques with each. We hope these pilots lead to more engagement in the region and throughout the AIESEC network.
Find the profile of each project linked below.
We also have the following food-related Green Map projects in China in the process of registering:
In Harbin, there will soon be a campus Green Map at the Northeast Agricultural University China. The 98-year-old Green Volunteers Association of Northeast Agricultural University is applying its experience with environmental protection advocacy to this effort. Beijing will soon have an organic food and farm Green Map, thanks to the Jane Goodall Institute Roots and Shoots Youth Group. We are delighted to have this large network getting involved! Also in Beijing, our long-time project with Friends of Nature is continuing its work on transportation issues with cycling Green Maps – watch for the new edition later this year!
Open Green Map Update
Right now, the Fresh EPA students at Guangzhou Mega University Centre are translating the updated “About” section of the Open Green Map platform. When this is complete, we will be doing more outreach as there are still just 2 published Open Green Maps and 2 in development from China (Taiwan, for example, has 9). We will create a media alert with links to the how to video, the website’s flow chart (attached) and more. Thank you again for your support - and have a great season!
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!
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