Open Green Map to Support the Greening of China

by Green Map System
In the garden with a great group from SEE China
In the garden with a great group from SEE China

This month, we were delighted to take 40 members of the SEE delegation on a tour of our home community in New York City. For these sustainability-minded entreprenuers, the Lower East Side represents a community with lively streets, diverse resident and lots of locally owned businesses. We toured many of the sites on the Hola LES Green Map (linked below) and showed both green sites and future developments. A favorite was the volunteer-led Siempre Verde Garden! 

The tour was arranged by the mapkers of the Beijing Green Map! SEE members went on to meet other NYC NGOs, then to Chicago and Minneapolis. We were delighted to meet them all!


Beijing Friends of Nature - ShiChaHai Green Map
Beijing Friends of Nature - ShiChaHai Green Map

Dear Friends, 

When we look back over the 32 previous reports we have made regarding the China Green Map initiative, we are doubly grateful for your support. Together with local schools, non profits and community groups, much has been accomplished since 2008! Please click the Reports link below and scroll down to explore the history of this work in support of healthier and greener communities, countries and planet. 

We'll soon be deactivating this project on Global Giving, but it will be an ongoing effort to support the work on the ground in China, Taiwan, and in Chinese-speaking communities like our own Lower East Side neighborhood in New York. 

With resiliency becoming more important as awareness of climate change grows, mapmaking projects that help people become more actively involved is sustainability will continually take shape. We'll be ready to help! always grateful for your interest and engagement in making the world we all share a better place. 

Our best wishes for Year of the Monkey!

Green Map Workshop in Shanghai
Green Map Workshop in Shanghai
Rural Szechuan Province mapmaking
Rural Szechuan Province mapmaking


It's our home, it's our future, together.

Many thanks to each and every donor that has helped to support our work in China! Because of you, we have been able to amplify the efforts of diverse community members who draw attention to the potential benefits of green living, the value of a healthy environment and the ability to work together for a more sustainable future.

"When the people lead, the leaders follow"

Now on the eve of the COP 21 Climate Conference, we can see that policy makers from China, the US and many other countries recognize that it is time for action. Reducing greenhouse gases is key to all of our future. We are grateful to you for your efforts and contribution to making it happens!

Green Mapping a green building in Beijing, 2008
Green Mapping a green building in Beijing, 2008

Green Map has ‘moved the mountain’. Yes, after nine years of great progress and excitingly diverse global accumulation, this summer we moved two blocks east. Overlooking a community garden and a lively urban streetscape in the East Village, our new space brings us closer to our own community's local sustainability efforts. 

During our move, we took time to organize all of our photos, maps and materials from Green Map projects around the world. We so enjoyed this that selected resources from China are featured here. This work is helping us prepare to update our popular book, Mapping our Common Ground. It focuses on community mapping and grassroots sustainability. Created with Green Mapmakers in Cuba, Brazil, the US and Canada, this update is led by the Groundworks project at University of Victoria, and supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

Our organization's Board of Directors has expanded, too. Our first Chinese member is Josh Yu, who is the North America Liaison at the Taiwan Green Trade Project Office here in New York. We also added Meredith Gray of the Coop School in Brooklyn, Lela Prashad of the mapping for impact organization, NiJel, and Chelsea Wittman of Google. Our appreciation to outgoing board members Lara Penin and Randy Meech, as well as to you! We can’t do this work to benefit people in so many places without your help.

Our best wishes to all as Summer turns to Autumn!

Green Map Workshop with Friends of Nature, 2007
Green Map Workshop with Friends of Nature, 2007
Kunming Ancient Town Green Map 2012
Kunming Ancient Town Green Map 2012


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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