Dec 11, 2020

Making Places for Climate Action in NYC

Dutch Kills Loop - a community ecology landscape
Dutch Kills Loop - a community ecology landscape

This week, GlobalGiving is incentivizing new recurring donations!  If you start yours before midnight this Friday, after the 4th month, Green Map will receive 200% of your first donation, boosting the value of your gift significantly. Recurring gifts help us plan, too! Our thanks to the seven recurring donors already helping us on this platform! You can support our global program or our local NYC climate action work!

Why give to Green Map? In addition to map making, we are partnering on several local placemaking projects in NYC that address climate head on: 

Close to our Lower East Side office, there’s a popular little park with a handsome former community recreation building that needs revitalization to reopen to the public. Green Map has been on the Stanton Building Task Force since 2012, along with the Sara D Roosevelt Park Coalition, University Settlement, FAB-NYC and Pratt Institute. This year, we celebrated the opening of its new public restrooms! This month, we hosted a public presentation by Pratt’s interior design students who reimagined the building from different perspectives, highlighting repair, food security, energy, free expression, teen engagement and more, as you can see at instagram.com/stanton_reimagined/. Will 2021 be the year the Stanton Building is returned to community use?  Watch for updates in the year ahead and at facebook.com/StantonBldg

The Dutch Kills Loop is moving forward, too. Since 2015, Green Map has been part of the team steering this infrastructure-reuse project that incorporates bio-active innovation - from composting and mycoremediation - and plans to clean stormwater, generate energy and much more along a disused rail line and two-mile loop of open space and restoration landscapes. Check out this Long Island City long-term project at DutchKillsLoop.org and hopefully, soon, you will be able to come walk the Loop in person!

Green Map NYC is also taking part in Open Streets - this is a Covid-pivot that addresses our village’s too-narrow sidewalks and encourages on the street ‘distanced strolling’ and easy-going relaxation. These traffic-calming projects are all over NYC, and ours is the first managed by community members! Green Map is part of the team on Avenue B in the East Village, as seen at twitter.com/Loisaida_OSCC.

Other climate action projects are in gardens, on bikes, at the riverside - more to come in a future newsletter, Around the world, many Green Map projects are also active in a range of on-the-ground projects supporting the regeneration of local nature and sustainable living.

Here’s some good news: New York became the first state to have their retirement fund divest from oil and gas - this is $226 Billion moving over to the green side! 

Wishing you all the best as the Winter Solstice approaches - we hope you will be in good health as you celebrate the return of the light and look ahead a positive year for climate progress, locally and globally!  

Stanton Building Re-imagined - 12/2020
Stanton Building Re-imagined - 12/2020
On Avenue B with the #OpenStreets team, too!
On Avenue B with the #OpenStreets team, too!
Nov 30, 2020

Grateful Progress in NYC

Putting Spots on the East Village Green Map
Putting Spots on the East Village Green Map

What a season! At Green Map NYC, we have been fortunate to keep moving forward:

Green Map’s show at MoRUS, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, has continued all autumn in Manhattan's East Village.  We have brought people together (distantly) for events, mapmaking and to delve into the maps on display. Through these events, such as the hands-on mapping event above, we have gained new supporters, volunteers and project partners. Some quick highlights:

Commemorating NYC Climate Week, our walking tour included the Avenue B 'open street', Village East Tower's super-efficient power & heat cogeneration plant and the array of energy innovations at La Plaza Cultural, a verdant community garden.

While we need a lot more of it, there are many kinds of storm-water absorbing green infrastructure around NYC. Here's the map (PDF here) we made for our tour for the self-guided 2020 Open House New York weekend - more on these events is at GreenMap.org/2020exhibit

What's coming up? In addition to #GivingTuesday, where you can support our global program or our local work (with incentives on Dec 1!), we will host the fourth of our Demo Discussions for our mapping platform-in-development on Friday, Dec 4th at 2pm ET - join the zoom here. Our thanks to the GIS Collective's Mr. Szabo and Ms. Casapu for all their great work on the OGM2 platform! Watch for updates on instagram.com/green.map!

Our thanks to MoRUS Museum, the Grace Exhibition Space and Ms. Maucher, gardeners Ms. Canepa, Ms. Snyder and Mr. Keller, Mr. Di Paola, Ms. Meisel, Mr. Lanier and team at MoRUS, Ms. Ip and Ms. Arnow of East River Park Action, Open House NY, NYC Climate Week, Mr. Sage, Pair Networks and all who supported and took part in these events!

This Giving Tuesday - and everyday - we thank you for supporting this effort! Our local work informs our global network and vice versa. Keep it all rolling and stay safe everyone!

Our Climate Week tour included an exhibit tour!
Our Climate Week tour included an exhibit tour!
Exploring the potential of green infrastructure
Exploring the potential of green infrastructure

Links:

Nov 30, 2020

Grateful Progress, Global & Local!

Explore it onsite or online, in Dunoon Scotland
Explore it onsite or online, in Dunoon Scotland

2020, what a year! Despite it all new mapping projects keep popping up, thanks to your help! Please pitch in on Giving Tuesday and incentivize our work. 

Take for example, the Dunoon Postcard Trail, designed to link the local heritage of this Scottish seaside town to the sustainable community development of this place. Explored onsite or online, this is created by Ms. Clinch of Tacit Design, who has also partnered with Creative Carbon Scotland on this program on community mapping for environmental empowerment, introducing Green Mapmaking to so many new people. 

Ms. Clinch’s Green Map was made on OGM2, our mapping platform in development by the GIS Collective. There’s now about 25 maps to explore at http://new.OpenGreenMap.org. Check out the list of features, some of which grew out of our First Fridays zooms with the Berlin-based developers and the global mapmakers. Thanks to your support, OGM2 will soon emerge from ‘beta’ and continue to grow in usefulness and versatility. This ‘open source’ platform has huge potential to be used in other applications, too!

You support also helps us create and share education resources. Check out the important work being done in as a university-high school collaboration at “Green Map as a service-learning experience in a coastal community of Yucatan, Mexico”. Here, the marine aquatecture students used Google MyMap with Green Map Icons, plus three new symbols they created to point out turtle habitats, street dogs and local seafood. Our thanks to project leaders Ms. Leija, Ms. Koh and Ms. Ávila for their report on our blog, too. 

We love working with classes, and nowadays, it’s so easy to show up and support innovative uses of mapping and location-based technologies. A highlight was working with Los Angeles’ OTIS College of Art & Design on their entry for PANDO Days, a cool new app concept that mixed our icons, the UN SDGs and symbols already in use in LA County. Our work with the University of Victoria continues, as well, and now we are drawing OGM2 and the GIS Collective into the “Map Shop” process. 

All these experiences played a role in our 25th year exhibit “How Green Is My City’ at MoRUS Museum in New York. The show continues and possibly, more outdoor events will pop up - watch for updates and follow us on Instagram at green.map, too! 

Our best wishes to all! Stay healthy and thank you for your support this Giving Tuesday (or anytime!)

Our Mapping Platform has unique versatile features
Our Mapping Platform has unique versatile features
Marine aquatecture service learning in Yucatan MX
Marine aquatecture service learning in Yucatan MX
Our indoor-outdoor Green Map exhibit - fall 2020
Our indoor-outdoor Green Map exhibit - fall 2020

Links:

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.