Aug 15, 2017

Strengthening Connections

Josh Yu, Board Member at Green Map
Josh Yu, Board Member at Green Map

GlobalGiving Donors, we want to introduce you to Josh Yu, who joined the Green Map System Board of Directors in 2015. Born in Asia, and now a longtime New York resident, we asked what attracted him to Green Map, and Josh replied,

“Green Map serves communities to build stronger network in sustainability. .”

In July, the US State Department invited Green Map for an exchange meeting with five Chinese visitors under the auspices of the International Visitors Leadership Program exploring "Environmental Issues at the Municipal Level in the U.S".

As this group was interested in learning about public and private efforts to build support for environmentally responsible development, biodiversity protection as well as sustainable land and water management programs, we invited Josh to join us. It was a lively exchange! He shared his hopes for Green Map in China and Taiwan:

“Exactly like what Green Map did in New York, through education, Green Map can help the communities in China and Taiwan build stronger network in sustainability. ”.

Although the visitors requested no photos, together, we followed up with these five leaders as “Green Map provides the tools for communities to promote sustainability. .”

In July, a small group in Shenzhen joined us as a new Green Mapmaker - we look forward to sharing updates from this project and others in China and Taiwan in our next report. Our best wishes and thanks for Summer!

From the Proposed Dagang Green Map Book project
From the Proposed Dagang Green Map Book project
The first in China! Beijing's ShiChaHai Green Map
The first in China! Beijing's ShiChaHai Green Map
Jul 18, 2017

Green Mapmakers Meetup!

Taking part in NYC's People Planet streetfair
Taking part in NYC's People Planet streetfair

This year, the Green Map Advisory group has been meeting via email and Skype. It's been exciting to hear more about local development - these communications also contribute much to our ongoing planning. Together we are identifying priorities that will accelerate our work together. We have an exciting possibility to meet, to be announced as it's confirmed. Thanks to Janet Felsten of Baltimore Green Map and Philip Todres of Cape Town Green Map for stepping it up! 

In New York, with the help of Jake Greenberg, our summer intern from Brandeis U, we have taken part in various fairs and public events this season. It's amazing how many people we encounter have heard of and used Green Maps! We take a break during the hottest weeks, and will be announcing our Autumn events soon on GreenMapNYC.org, starting with Climate Week in September.

Lots of great work underway in Wales, where Sustainable Swansea has printed their latest edition. It's their 6th printed Green Map and there's another 9 that are interactive Open Green Maps - terrific work! Follow them on Twitter for more news. 

Our director's TED Residency was completed, shortly after all 23 participants gave their talks, live on the big red dot! It was a great experience, and now, everyone wants to know when the talks will be online. It takes months to process them all, of course, we will let you know. Residents can continue to use the TED office and take part in welcoming the next round of residents in the fall!

Wishing you a wonderful summer! 

Green Mapmakers Advisory group meets online
Green Mapmakers Advisory group meets online
2017 TED Residents (our director standing on left)
2017 TED Residents (our director standing on left)
May 18, 2017

Green Map and TED!

Rehearsing onstage at TED
Rehearsing onstage at TED

We are excited to share good news! This spring, our director is a TED Resident!

It’s quite an honor to be selected from hundreds of applicants, and to have the support of the TED organization. Famous for TED Talks, TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.  

And yes, this 14-week residency culminates in a TED Talk! Our director’s talk will be taped in June and released later in the year. 

“It’s been great to work alongside wonderful people and their inspiring projects”, noted Wendy Brawer. “Here at TED’s New York office, we have also had several work sessions with visiting Green Mapmakers, partners and board members. I’m delighted to be able to draw from all the great work by Chinese Green Mapmakers, and weave their stories into the talk.” 

The Residency is global, and the next round’s application is linked below, along with information about the cohort in which Wendy is taking part. The new connections and professional development that come with the Residency are keeping everyone busy. Watch for updates on our Twitter and here on Global Giving’s platform!

Wishing all in the US a happy Memorial Day and a great start on your greenest summer yet.

 

Baltimore & Mexican Green Mapmakers meet
Baltimore & Mexican Green Mapmakers meet
Inspiration for the TED Talk from Xiamen
Inspiration for the TED Talk from Xiamen

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