Open Green Map to Support the Greening of China

by Green Map System
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


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
Sharing autumn hues from a site on the Green Map
Sharing autumn hues from a site on the Green Map

Over the years, a wide variety of research papers have been written about the work of Green Mapmakers, locally and globally. Now we are in the process of assessing each of these thesis papers, dissertations, scholarly presentations and other papers for the benefit of future researchers and for sharing best practices. In order to do this we have started an archive project entitled the Green Map Research Archive.

As part of this process we are reaching out to our Chinese speaking network to ensure that thesis, doctoral and other research papers by or about Green Map projects in China, Taiwan and other Chinese speaking regions are included. “I'm really excited that research papers in Chinese are being included in the archive. I'm curious to see what has been written about the Green Map projects in those regions and what people think about them,” says Li Tang, who is a native Chinese speaker and support staff at Green Map System. So far, we just have one paper presented in China, but this geographic region is where we have the largest gap in the research.

The Research Archive project began in August. The first phase encompassing 25 diverse papers was completed in October. There’s a blog post linked below about the process by our fall intern.

Now we are collecting the rest of the papers, and confirming with the authors that we have characterized them correctly and that we can share the papers online. Our next step is planned for spring. We’ll make them easy to access online, complementing our current page at where we can share the Research Archive around the world.

Thank you for helping ensure our work continues to impact students and other researchers long into the future!

Outreach for the Research Archive in Trad. Chinese
Outreach for the Research Archive in Trad. Chinese
Outreach for Research Archive in Simplified CN
Outreach for Research Archive in Simplified CN



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Green Map System

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Wendy E. Brawer
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New York, NY United States
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