Open Green Map to Support the Greening of China

by Green Map System
March 2012 Report in Chinese
March 2012 Report in Chinese

This season, we asked our intern to write and translate this update for you –

I am a graduate student from Beijing currently studying at NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center, and have been working with Green Map System since February. I’d like to share some news and updates about this organization’s China Projects. Thank you for supporting this project!

Here are some of the projects I have undertaken:

First, the poster for Green Map Icons Version 3 has been translated into simplified China in two versions: the global version and the local version. The global version contains the comprehensive 169 globally designed icons introduced in the original version, which will be used to serve Chinese-speaking people in the global Green Map community. The local version is being used to serve the Green Map community within Mainland China. It’s a little shorter! You can download both below, along with a link to the iconography's overview.

Second, the Green Map Icons are being expanded this year, with the involvement of all Green Mapmakers. The invitation to participate in the expansion has been translated into Chinese, and the message has been spread out among Chinese Green Mapmakers; gratefully, we have received some feedbacks about the ideas for our new icons. Watch for more news about this later in the year. We welcome your ideas for new icons we need to highlight new sustainability trends.

In next newsletter, we will inform you about the Green Map Archive process and other outreach to Chinese Green Mapmakers currently underway at Green Map System's office.


Green Map
Green Map's 2011 Awards

A quick shout out, holiday greetings and thanks to our wonderful network of supporters:

Green Map System is delighted to share the good news that the Open Green Map interactive mapping platform that you help to support through your Global Giving donations has just won its third award in 2011! 

We won the NetSquared Invitational, an award that comes with a little cash and plenty of help for our ongoing development, which is really great because we have big plans for the year ahead!! A project of TechSoup, NetSquared is focused on the intersection of technology and social impact. Their soon-to-launch new website will feature our video and help us reach a diverse new audience, too. 

2011 also brought other honors - we are recipients of one of the very first Victor J Papanek Social Design Awards - this honor features the Open Green Map in exhibitions in Vienna and New York, a book and other outcomes.

And thank you again to! We received the Best of Green 2011 for our mobile app in the Science and Technology category (we were also honored in their tourism category in 2010). 

Today, there are more than:
• 60 countries involved
• 785 cities, towns and campuses with locally-led Green Map projects
• 500 uniquely designed printed editions and
• 250 Open Green Maps, linked by
• 150 Green Map Icons

Awards are an important part of our outreach strategy and a testament to the value of our work and impacts on communities worldwide through engaged mapmaking. The NetSquared Invitational is the 8th award for Open Green Map and one of 23 international honors to Green Map System overall. 

We invite you to explore Open Green Map's 19,300+ locally charted sites and consider using this remarkable social mapping resource to chart progress toward sustainability in your community, too! Of course many communities in China are opting to create beautifully designed printed Green Maps, to ensure that people without computers can benefit from these fresh perspectives on familiar places. Two blogs linked below provide insights into our program, on the ground in China and New Jersey.

Let's make 2012 a transformational year together. Along with this good news, we're enclosing our gratitude for all you have done for us and our best wishes to all for a healthy, resilient, joyful and ecologically-sound year to come. 

Our Director at the Papanek Awards by P. Aiolov
Our Director at the Papanek Awards by P. Aiolov
Chinese and other Green Maps being Archived, 2011
Chinese and other Green Maps being Archived, 2011


Young Mapmakers share results in HeFei
Young Mapmakers share results in HeFei

Hello to Green Map supporters! We continue to make steady progress and are excited to share brief updates from the region including and around China.

In September, we topped the 60 country milestone. Among those newly registered is the first Tibetan Green Map project. It was initiated by the Tibetan Village Project, a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development while preserving the rich cultural heritage of Tibet. Tibet is our network’s 10th Asian country!

Japan’s Exhibition

This summer, a Green Map exhibition was created for the prestigious Zenrin Museum in Kita-kyushu, located just across the East China Sea from Shanghai in Japan. Several Chinese Green Maps were displayed amongst the Green Maps created across Asia and around the world. Lectures and interactive workshops rounded out the visitors’ experience. Youth and families even took time to explore Kita-Kyushu and create their own Green Maps. More about the exhibition is linked below.

Our Social Mapping Platform

Gradually evolving with new features and information, we updated the “About” section of Open Green Map. Fresh EPA students at Guangzhou Mega University Centre pitched in and updated the Chinese interface. This helps us attract new participants from China on a regular basis, with Xinhui, Jiangmen City ( ) - Guangdong Province joining us today.

Blogging from HeFei CHINA

We love seeing the blog posts by dedicated young people like the group of green urban planning students from Hefei University of Technology who shared their method of mapmaking in August. They went out around different parts o the city charting green living sites, taking time to interview citizens, including residents of retirement homes, about their environmental and future visions.

We appreciate how they enriched their mapmaking with in-depth interviews and discussions and we are looking forward to seeing the outcomes! More information about their experience (in Chinese) and and photographs are linked below.

Thank you as always for your support as together, we map our way to be more beautiful and healthy world. 

Interviewing elders for the GangJi town Green Map
Interviewing elders for the GangJi town Green Map
Kita-kyushu Green Map Exhibition
Kita-kyushu Green Map Exhibition


Image:Open Green Map Flowchart (simplfied Chinese)
Image:Open Green Map Flowchart (simplfied Chinese)

Thanks to all our Global Giving supporters! We are pleased to share introductions to the two newest registered Chinese Green Map projects.

The Green Urban Planning Group of Hefei University of Technology in AnHui Province says “ with persistence and passion, we are planning a garden-city future for the world as a whole”. With communities everywhere beginning to address food security, biodiversity loss, localization and health through gardens and urban farms, we appreciate their outlook. We’re excited to see how Green Mapmaking helps them as they set out to explore and resolve urban-rural issues while building their professional skills and community resiliency.

In Changsa Hunan Province, the first Green Map by AIESEC is underway. An international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential, AIESEC is one of the world’s largest youth organizations with a presence in 850 universities in 90 countries. Motivation for this project originated from efforts to protect the Xiangjiang, the largest river in the province. To do this, the team has created 4 groups - made up of teenagers, young adults, environmentalists and foreign volunteers - and will be testing out different mapmaking techniques with each. We hope these pilots lead to more engagement in the region and throughout the AIESEC network.

Find the profile of each project linked below.

We also have the following food-related Green Map projects in China in the process of registering:

In Harbin, there will soon be a campus Green Map at the Northeast Agricultural University China. The 98-year-old Green Volunteers Association of Northeast Agricultural University is applying its experience with environmental protection advocacy to this effort. Beijing will soon have an organic food and farm Green Map, thanks to the Jane Goodall Institute Roots and Shoots Youth Group. We are delighted to have this large network getting involved! Also in Beijing, our long-time project with Friends of Nature is continuing its work on transportation issues with cycling Green Maps – watch for the new edition later this year!

Open Green Map Update

Right now, the Fresh EPA students at Guangzhou Mega University Centre are translating the updated “About” section of the Open Green Map platform. When this is complete, we will be doing more outreach as there are still just 2 published Open Green Maps and 2 in development from China (Taiwan, for example, has 9). We will create a media alert with links to the how to video, the website’s flow chart (attached) and more. Thank you again for your support - and have a great season!


Wetlands Techeng Island - South China U of Tech
Wetlands Techeng Island - South China U of Tech

This year, Green Map System has an exciting initiative underway. We aim to make our physical collection of Green Maps and related materials created worldwide available to the public through an archiving library as well as digitally through online conduits. Accomplishing this will offer models of inclusive sustainable community development and help to spread awareness to localities all over the world, China very much included.

An important step in creating the Green Map Archive is the physical organization and evaluation of the Green Maps and materials. During this process, we’ve gone through almost a hundred diverse maps and materials created in China and Taiwan. Some of the most recent detail precious ecological systems such as the Hongze Lake (by Nanjing University), the Little South China Sea Wetlands (by Chongqing University) and Wetlands Techeng Island (by South China University of Technology)– these were created in 30 universities in partnership with WWF China. These three great examples are shown here, but all can be downloaded from WWF’s webpage linked below. Beijing, Taipei and other urban environments are included as noted in our earlier Progress Reports (archived at Global Giving) and in the profiles of

“Viewing such an assortment of maps en masse is a testament to the level of involvement and commitment that many Chinese communities have put forth towards the advancement of sustainable living in their communities”, said Joseph Pangilinan, an intern (and planning student) at the New York office.

Our Korean marketing intern, Jinhwa Ju added, "It seems Green Map is a great educational tool for many Chinese students - their Green Maps are beautiful with a hand-printing sensibility remarkable as the outcomes of proactive participation. They look very nice and they share a deep understand of the environment. I am most impressed by the Wetland Green Maps and feel these high quality results will promote the bright future of their local education and communities."

The advancement achieved in the creation of Green Maps and the development of this Archive could not have been possible without your donations and support. Green Map System looks forward to another year of working towards spreading green living and sustainable awareness in China and the rest of the globe. Find out more about our Archives in the blog posts linked below, and envision the new initiatives they will help inspire worldwide.

Little South China Sea Wetlands - Chongqing U 2010
Little South China Sea Wetlands - Chongqing U 2010
Hongze Lake Green Map - Nanjing University 2010
Hongze Lake Green Map - Nanjing University 2010



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