Aug 6, 2008

Final Progress report: Icons for Mapping Community Sustainability

With your generous support we were able to finalize our set of 170 Green Map Icons in February 2008. Version 3 of this award-winning iconography reflect an inclusive process initiated five years ago at Italy’s Bellagio Centre during our first Global Green Mapmakers Gathering. Icon designs, titles and usage were discussed online and in meetings within our network of over 450 diverse Green Map projects in 50 countries. We reviewed how these globally designed universal icons have been utilized on outreach and education materials in addition to printed, digital, workshop and classroom maps since 1995. We also took into account the urban and rural ‘local icons’ created to enrich Version 2. As we moved toward the final phase, we invited the public’s input through our Icon Open Studio, both online and in NYC, to guarantee that this collaboration would create the best possible results.

In Version 3 we created our own icon 'pattern language' to guide design choices. We refined the iconography's twelve categories and extended the set with more climate change, activism, justice, green enterprise, technology, outdoor activities and indoor greening icons. To aid navigation, we also added public works and landmarks.

At, you can download the Icon Poster, definitions, slideshow and more. This updated set has been honored by and exhibited at the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, adding to Green Map System's list of awards, which include 1996’s Gold International Eco-Award, 1999’s US National Award for Sustainability, 2001 Technology Benefiting Humanity Laureate, and 2007’s US EPA Environmental Quality Award to name a few. Version 3 icons will be used in the interactive social mapping platform, the Open Green Map (debuting in Fall 2008). Additionally, locations such as Santiago, Bucharest, and Baltimore are among the first to have published Green Maps with this new iconography.

Our thanks to all participants and supporters over the past five years!

Aug 6, 2008

Report on Green Schools Green Map for NYC & The World

The Green Schools Green Map is designed to help our schools become healthier learning environments. Over the last few months, we have met with numerous educators and schools professionals as we develop the process and means of involving students in the annual assessment of their own school's progress. Our plans include testing the process in a limited number of schools, then rolling it out in NYC during the Fall 2008 semester. After we assess and adjust, we will invited schools worldwide to take part.

The Green Schools Green Map will be based within the forthcoming Open Green Map (OGM), our interactive Green Mapmaking website. OGM will make its public debut in September 2008, and by the end of the year, users will be able to peruse the Green Schools Green Map's profiles. Both will utilize the freshly updated and award-winning Green Map Icons, our renowned universal symbol system.

The Green Schools Green Map is initially designed to provide an easily understood self-graded Report Card for all of NYC's schools. Users will be able to report their progress on greening their habits, youth projects, school programs, the school's building and grounds, framed for youth assessment as: * Green Lifestyles at School * Nature: Fauna and Flora at School * Youth Leadership on Campus * Greening Around the School * School Building and Grounds Maintenance Year after year, the Report Cards will track the school’s progress, using Green Map Icons to chart improvements, posted online along with students' school Green Maps, reports and more.

To see our latest progress go to: Thank you for your continued support!

Sep 26, 2007

Letter of Introduction

Green Map System seeks funding and related support to develop a new medium for viewing and assessing progress toward energy efficiency and sustainability by schools citywide through an online Green Schools Green Map.

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