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.
May 5, 2015

Green Maps from China, across the Pacific

Chinese students encounter Chinese Green Maps, BC
Chinese students encounter Chinese Green Maps, BC

Thank you, as always for your support. This quarter, we thought this story would interest you. 

Groups of Chinese students from Yunna Normal University have been visiting the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada for a week-long experiential field school. Students attend lectures on local history, gender studies and sociology. One of the capstone days takes them to a beautiful park called SNIDCEL to engage with and hear from First Nations elders and teachers, SeaChange Marine Conservation Society and the Uvic Community Mapping Collaboratory (see link below).This university has a great history of working with community residents in support of virtually all disciplines, and has been a partner to Green Map for more than a decade.

Knowing these visiting students would be absorbing new ways of interacting with sustainability, we sent over an array of locally made Chinese Green Maps to help these students draw connections from the places they visit to the places where they live. Ken Josephson of Uvic adds “the Green Map iconography provides a voice that transcends language and culture”! 

With the outcomes from Chinese and Taiwanese Green Mapmakers in hand, a new audience sees how community participation and environmental betterment go hand in hand. We hope the inspiration you have helped to generate resonates with each individual.

Thank you again, and our best wishes for Spring! 

Group photo in the Pacific Northwest
Group photo in the Pacific Northwest

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Mar 31, 2015

Green Map on the Move!

Lara Penin & Carlos Martinez as Parsons presents
Lara Penin & Carlos Martinez as Parsons presents

At Green Map, we’re in the process of moving! Not just where we work, but also in some ways, how we work.  As always, it’s an exciting journey in support of positive change.

As spring weather finally arrives in this part of the world, we are starting the process of ‘going open’. It will take some time to fully explore options and set the course forward together with our beloved Board of Directors, Green Mapmakers worldwide, staff, student teams from social design programs at Parsons and SVA, and members of the open source community. We invite your participation in this process. We believe going open will make it easier to contribute leadership, energy and expertise to enhance our global movement, and extend the usefulness of our outcomes.

Why? Our world and climate are changing quickly. More people need to be involved immediately to meet the new challenges we face, and Green Maps can help them do that!  Going open will help us share and further develop our toolkit more sustainably, equitably and collaboratively.

Watch for more news about our journey to open as 2015, our 20th anniversary year, rolls out! We’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, we’re gearing up for a change in location: after eight great years our uber-nice office will be turned into a classroom over the summer, so we are soon to encamp at a new Lower Manhattan location. Once all the dust settles, we will tell you where we’ve landed – and yes, there will be a party to say “goodbye and hello again,” date to be announced.

Contact us any time, or join us at an event:

On April 11, join us at the New York Map Society where we are presenting 'Putting Vibrant Communities on the Green Map'. This takes place at the The New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St, starting at 2:30.  

On April 13-14, we're taking part in the Common Ground Community Mapping Institute and Celebration at the First Peoples House, University of Victoria, BC, Canada. All welcome (see link below)

We're also delighted to be included in Women in Cartography: Celebrating 400 Years of Unsung Contributions to the Mapping World at Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine. This exhibition, curated by Alice Hudson, moves to Boston next.

Our best wishes for a great April - check our twitter for more events, as the season rolls along. 

Last look at Winter out Green Map
Last look at Winter out Green Map's window
Fernwood BC produced the latest Green Map!
Fernwood BC produced the latest Green Map!

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Feb 12, 2015

Thank YOU, Dear Friend!

Meeting with Chinese NGOs via the US State Dept
Meeting with Chinese NGOs via the US State Dept

You have been so generous to us and we greatly appreciate it. Now, we are able to waive fees from Chinese Green Mapmakers for 2015, thanks to your generosity! So from the newest Green Map project – Roots and Shoots Shanghai, which joined us in January - to the pioneers from the China Mangrove Conservation Network - all will benefit from your generosity through the Global Giving platform!

Recently, we were able to share news and beautiful Green Maps from these Chinese projects with an esteemed group of NGO and civic leaders from China that we met with through the US State Department Visitor Leadership Program. As pictured, this includes representatives from Clean Air Asia, Greenovation Hub, Danger Maps, Beijing Energy Conservation, Green Hunan, Innovation Center for Clean-Air Solutions, Chengdu Urban Rivers Association, ChinaDialogue and ERI’s Center for Renewable Energy Development. We’re looking forward to further exchange with these and other hard working, high impact organizations.

Reminiscing over the reports we have sent you (linked above the photos on our project profile), we can say that this certainly has been an exciting partnership as you have exceeded our fundraising goals, and helped so many Chinese Green Mapmakers make local sustainable living resources more visible and actionable. We will soon be introducing you to a new initiative that is underscored by the urgency of climate change and new potential to move millions more by connecting with the sharing economy. You will be among the first to know!

Thank you again on behalf of our entire staff and network. Our best wishes to each of you for this important season and the start of the Year of Yes!

Changing tourists
Changing tourists' perspectives in mangrove areas
Introducing community members to map features
Introducing community members to map features
 

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