Green Map System

Engaging communities worldwide to chart a sustainable future - for all of us! We empower a diverse perspective-changing movement mapping local natural, social and cultural resources in 875 diverse cities, villages and neighborhoods in over 65 countries. Developing local sustainability networks since 1995, Green Map System expands the demand for healthy, green choices with our adaptable, experiential and interactive mapmaking resources and universal icons, multilingual websites, workshops and regional hubs.
Apr 4, 2012

Milestones: 800 Projects, 63 Countries!

IBSAR Green Map - Lebanon Biodiversity Village
IBSAR Green Map - Lebanon Biodiversity Village

Last week, Green Map System reached its 17th anniversary. On the same day, March 25, the 800th local Green Map project signed on! This is not only a milestone; it’s also our first project in Egypt, our 62nd country. A family-friendly co-working center called Rasheed22 in Heliopolis, suburban Cairo, is leading this project. Welcome Heliopolis!

Two days later, the United Arab Emirates Green Map project was initiated by a Fulbright Scholar currently based in NYC, bringing our country total to 63. We welcome these two newcomers as we celebrate an exciting new book highlighting 18 Biodiversity Villages with Green Maps created in Lebanon at IBSAR - American University of Beirut’s Nature Conservation Center for Sustainable Futures. Written in Arabic, this 11MB booklet is downloadable below. Bridging cultural divides, Green Mapmaking shares information and engages meaningful participation that supports wellbeing in many cultures and eco-contexts.

As you can see, it’s been an “Arab Spring” for Green Map! Heliopolis and UAE represent just two of the thirteen new Green Maps registered to date in 2012. 

We love seeing projects like Cardiff Wales’ take off, led by Sam Holt of Cardiff Transition. Over the last 4 months, he has created several Green Maps, all linked to his profile, using the Open Green Map platform to quickly share insights into how his community is ‘powering down’ by growing local, going renewable and becoming more resilient as a community. The Transition network got started in the UK to address these and other issues. Very much in parallel with Green Map’s objectives, local Transition initiatives are now creating Green Maps in the US (Tampa FL and Quincy MA), Australia (Port Phillip), and the UK (Edinburgh, Llantwit Major, Trawsnewid Llandrindod and Cardiff). Transition people are also getting involved in ongoing Green Map projects such as Geneva’s, where the Green Swiss project is expanding to chart regional resources.

Earth Day is coming! Find us in NYC at the Green Festival, April 21 - 22 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. We’ll be tabling both days, and our director will be taking part in the ‘Technology and the Economy of the Future’ on Saturday at 3pm. We’ll be collecting ideas for our forthcoming Less = More Green Map that will help New Yorkers prevent waste, debuting a new interactive Open Green Map about energy, and more.

Wherever you are, there is likely to be an Earth Day event involving local Green Mapmakers. We hope you will participate in an event in person or online – perhaps by suggesting a new site to supplement the 20,000 local resources on the Open Green Map – even a site right in your own backyard!

One of Cardiff
One of Cardiff's Open Green Maps
Milestone: 20,000 Open Green Map Sites
Milestone: 20,000 Open Green Map Sites

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Mar 30, 2012

Fresh News from Green Map's China Project

March 2012 Report in Chinese
March 2012 Report in Chinese

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.

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Dec 28, 2011

Thanks to You, We are Winning!

Green Map
Green Map's 2011 Awards

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. 

Our Director at the Papanek Awards by P. Aiolov
Our Director at the Papanek Awards by P. Aiolov
Chinese and other Green Maps being Archived, 2011
Chinese and other Green Maps being Archived, 2011

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