Jan 10, 2018

Our best for 2018

Reading the crystal ball with Green Map
Reading the crystal ball with Green Map

At Green Map, our work to engage people at the local level is more important than ever!

• 21 new Green Map projects were started around the world this year. From Jayapura Indonesia to Gainesville Florida to Seville Spain, these projects are tackling greater complexities and bringing more people to the table, in support of healthy, resilient communities in 65 countries. Follow the ever-growing list at GreenMap.org/home.

• The SDGs are a new United Nations framework. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals) are matched with Green Map Icons at http://bit.ly/SDGGM.

• In New York in 2017, our director’s TED Residency was a great experience!  Watch Wendy’s TED Talk, and read about her 14 week experience in our blog at bit.ly/TEDgm17.

• We took part in a thoughtful conference on ecosystem services in Oaxaca Mexico this fall, along with youth stewardship project leaders from Irapuato- enjoy our joint report.  Green Map joined the Intermapping and explored the circular economy in Florence, in spring, too.  

• Locally, our talks, walks and community partnerships (like this fall's Climate Week, New School and Grassroots Alliance events) connected us with new audiences. Green Map is part of a neighborhood effort to restore a park building and contributes to an 'infrastructure reuse' project in Queens, as well. 

• Our open trajectory has more coming up:

    New Stories-based open website
    Mapping our Common Ground, book, third edition 
    Creation of Green Map Icons as Icons as digital stickers (SDG-linked) 
    Check out our summer intern's terrific “Learning Tech for Sustainability” and see how Esri’s Story Map platform complements Green Mapmaking  

• Awards in 2017 include: 
       The (En)Rich List, Honorable Mention, Post Growth Institute
        NYC Service Certificate (see WendyBrawer.com/awards)

Green Mapmaking is a concrete action that promotes local agency, addresses climate and political fears, and helps build a better future. Thank you for your support!

We invite you to contact us anytime with your ideas to help shine a sustainable light on all of the 982 communities that we serve. Our best wishes for 2018!

NJ Green Map Story Map by Jake Greenberg
NJ Green Map Story Map by Jake Greenberg
Our Climate Week Bike Tour, with Citibikes
Our Climate Week Bike Tour, with Citibikes
Nov 10, 2017

Progress, thanks to you!

Roosevelt Park President Webster meets our guests
Roosevelt Park President Webster meets our guests

This season, we are out in the streets, conducting tours for climate experts, university students and the public, exploring resiliency and sense of place while visiting historic sites and social community-based solutions. We’ve had the opportunity to bring visiting Chinese environmentalists and local thought leaders together in our own neighborhood on the first day of their US study tour, and everyone gained new perspectives as a result. 

Our global work continues to grow, most recently adding Incheon South Korea, a Spanish green business project and a nearby county, Bergen NJ, to our roster of locally-led Green Map projects. Have you ever noticed the list of all Green Map projects? It's here, with the newest first - it's remarkable how strong the presence of Chinese Mapmakers is!

Right now, we’re reaching new audiences in Oaxaca Mexico, when we are presenting global outcomes including the maps made in China at the Ecosystem Change & Society conference. We are presenting with Mexican Green Map projects, and planning educational workshops for the coming year. 

As we give people the tools needed to engage in making a local assessment, we equip them to change perspectives about community assets and liabilities. This awareness contributes to positive, cross-cutting actions with across the board benefits. Thank you for your contribution to community well-being!

Mexican Green Mapmakers present at PECSII
Mexican Green Mapmakers present at PECSII

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Oct 16, 2017

Our World at Green Map

Visiting eco-specialists meet local thought leader
Visiting eco-specialists meet local thought leader

With all the unprecedented climate change-related catastrophes occurring across the US and around the world, climate action is our gravest challenge. How will all of us face this existential crisis?

At Green Map, we provide a direct means to communicate local options for more sustainable, lower impact living and towards a healthier, more lovable and just city.  As we give people the tools needed to engage in making a local assessment, we equip them to change perspectives about community assets and liabilities.

This awareness contributes to positive, cross-cutting actions with across the board benefits. Our global work continues to grow, most recently adding Incheon South Korea, a Spanish green business project and Bergen NJ to our roster of locally-led Green Map. We’re looking forward to reaching new audiences in Mexico in November, when we are presenting along with Irapuato Green Map at the Ecosystem Change conference.

In addition to mapping green places, we are making them - the Stanton Building in lower Manhattan is an example. An underutilized park building can become a new kind of community climate action center that is socially resilient and much needed in these uncertain times. Join us on Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at The New School, Wollman Hall (65 West 11th St) to help further this vision. Please RSVP! There’s an overview of recent Stanton Building progress at http://bit.ly/SB1p917. Your thoughts and Likes are welcome at http://fb.me/stantonbldg, where events, articles and more are posted.

With intensifying fires, hurricanes and floods on our mind, over the last month, we’ve conducted several tours on local energy, bio-design and social community-based solutions for climate experts, university students and the public. We made a short video of our tours in 2013 in English and Chinese, as we think this is a great way to engage an authentic exchange that inspires and informs. We'll include some images here for you. 

Wishing you all a good season ahead! Thank you again for your support. 

Citi Bike loaned our tour a fleet for Climate Week
Citi Bike loaned our tour a fleet for Climate Week
Pointing out a community microgrid and solar
Pointing out a community microgrid and solar

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