Jan 31, 2020

Green Map NYC from the Bottom Up

First of 1,000 new street trees: Eastern Red Bud!
First of 1,000 new street trees: Eastern Red Bud!

2020 is an important year for clear vision on climate health, and Green Map NYC’s diverse local projects are moving forward in hopeful new ways. 

Waste! We can design waste out to join the circular economy: In January, we worked with SUSDesign and hosted their unique circular design workshop at NEW INC. Attracting a cross-section of local product designers and makers, the workshop was so successful that a second Circular Design workshop is being planned - tentatively for March 20 - watch for updates on the Circular City website and on Twitter.

Toilets! Yes! A new public comfort station is opening at the Stanton Building on the Lower East Side! Step One toward return of this former recreation building to the community, these shiny new stalls are a milestone in our long-term collaboration with University Settlement, FABNYC and Sara D Roosevelt Park Coalition. From Green Map NYC’s perspective, crosscutting spaces like these can build much-needed social resilience. Responding to the impending loss of nearby East River Park, we have drafted a nature-based concept, and welcome your responses to this vision. 

Street Trees! Roosevelt Park was also the scene of our SDGs in the Park event in Fall 2019. There, we planted the first of 1,000 street trees that will soon shade our overheated community, initiated by our campaign and supported by CB3 and NYC Parks. This, and other climate actions in our year end report, were accomplished thanks to your support. 

Nature! Green Map NYC is taking part in the emerging ReNature NYC coalition as well, aiming to preserve and regenerate verdant spaces across the city, as well as through participation in the 2020 Earth Celebrations (and other local revisionings). We are part of an exciting infrastructure re-use project, DutchKillsLoop.org. Our preparedness for bicyclers video is the featured first case study in Shareable’s new guide to collective resilience, too!

Maps! We’re planning to build on the success of Refresh LES. Our 2019 map of free, cool and healthy places is becoming a model this year, so we can share our open process as the season heats up. In support of Green Mapmaking everywhere, we are currently beta testing our new mapping platform in development, too. 

Many thanks to each of our GlobalGiving donors! We’ll share more about climate and collaborative responses in our next report. 

2019 projects set the stage for a powerful 2020
2019 projects set the stage for a powerful 2020
We hosted SUSdesign's Circular Design workshop
We hosted SUSdesign's Circular Design workshop

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Dec 31, 2019

Pushing Forward with 2020 Vision!

A Walk in the Park - Exploring the SDGs in NYC
A Walk in the Park - Exploring the SDGs in NYC

For me, as Green Map’s director, each year has been so different that it’s really fun to reflect back.

For example, 2018 was our year of going open, culminating in a party that shepherded in a wonderful year of new possibilities, partners and collaborations. In 2019 this led us to join an incubator! Since September, Green Map System has been a member of NEW INC's Ideas for the City group. It's been great to work in this creative collaboration space next to the NEW Museum with 100 participants and ample opportunities to connect in new ways. 
 
2019 has also been a year of relocalizing. I got involved in the effort to save East River Park, a site that’s been featured on many of our Green Maps, cycling and walking tours. Along with neighbors, we joined hands with East River Park Action when the East Side Coastal Resilience plan misplaced its ecological foundations and became a monolithic $1.45 billion flood wall. Gaining new skills for addressing policy that reflects the uncertainty baked into climate change, I sought a positive outcome and campaigned for street trees. The first of the 1,000 new Lower East Side Community Canopy trees are being planted now. I’m on the new street tree task force and will also take part in stewardship and leafy green regeneration of, for and by the community. There’s other local ‘placemaking’ underway and 2020 looks to be an outstanding year for progress on long-term local projects. 
 
What about mapping? In NYC, we took on rising temperatures, a growing threat in far too many cities. We published the Refresh LES Green Map highlighting healthy, free and cool places in our community. It’s our first open map, meaning anyone can use its contents to share the 'cool mapping' concept in their own way - that’s how the Spanish version was made. We enjoyed presented it and our other work at the mapping conferences, FOSS4G, Terrifica and NYC Conservation GIS Day; at workshops on Governors Island and in Hudson NY; at Earth Celebration and EcoTrippin events; as well as at the School of Data, and in various classrooms and halls in local universities and high schools.  

Yes, our global archive is still growing! Printed editions of Green Maps were produced from Baltimore and Monroe Michigan to Cape Town and Shanghai. We’re excited about the newly opened eco center in Holguin. It's the town where Green Map - Mapa Verde took root in Cuba, and now has an even stronger base from which to grow. New projects are in the works, near and far, including the development of our next mapping platform by Bogdan Szabo and Ciprian Samoila. Our interest in the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals keeps expanding, as well, with our successful fall ‘SDGs in the Park’ event, leading us forward on a new project for this spring. Follow Green Map on Facebook and Twitter for updates all year. 
 
Special thanks to everyone for their help this year, especially our wonderful and hard-working board of directors, who took part in April’s Climate Action crowdfunding campaign in support of our NYC work. Our global efforts received a major boost from the generous folks at NYC Whisky, which matched and donated the funds raised at their 10th anniversary celebration to our nonprofit in November. We’d also like to thank you and all the donors who pitched in to this long-running global campaign on Giving Tuesday, all of which was proportionately matched by Global Giving! Wow, do we feel appreciated!
 
2020 - a year when clear vision will be so badly needed - is just around the corner. Please join us in doing all you can to make it a year of inclusive progress toward community wellbeing and planetary healing.

 

Celebrating Green Map-SDGs in Japan with Azuba U
Celebrating Green Map-SDGs in Japan with Azuba U
Holguin Cuba's ecocenter with Angel Reyes, mapper
Holguin Cuba's ecocenter with Angel Reyes, mapper
NYC City Hall rally for East River Park Spring 19
NYC City Hall rally for East River Park Spring 19
Nov 5, 2019

Join the celebration Nov 21st!

Nov 21! Join NYC Whisky's 10th celebration benefit
Nov 21! Join NYC Whisky's 10th celebration benefit

Save the date and join us on Thursday November 21st at Brooklyn Brewery for a great Tasting Party which benefits our nonprofit!

Our thanks to NYC Whisky and all its fans and friends, and yes! please join the party, too!

You'll be benefiting our open source mission to ‘think global and map local’, plus this event supports lots of related local sustainability initiatives by our organization and the Green Map network here, there and everywhere.

Event: November 21st, 7-9pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th 
(near the L train at Bedford stop in Brooklyn)
Get your tickets here:  https://nycwhisky.ticketleap.com/10aniv/

Happy 10th anniversary, NYC Whisky! Our thanks to you and all pur GlobalGiving donors! 

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