Everyone can help reduce Urban Heat Island effect!
All summer, we’ve been out and about, helping new projects get rolling, distributing our newest map, and getting involved with planning for September’s days of climate action around the United Nations and across the city.
NYC: A Climate Emergency was declared June 26th. 21 days later, our Refresh LES Green Map was published, both as a PDF and as a folding map. Pairing cool, healthy and free places with energy saving and urban heat island information, 2,500 copies went like ‘hot cakes’! Check it out at http://bit.ly/coolLES, and find places, indoors and out, to be comfortable while the city bakes. Download it in English or Spanish, thanks to you, our GlobalGiving donors, and LES Ready. In keeping with our new open source policy, the map file is available for making your own bespoke version. We hope NYC’s first Cool Green Map inspires other neighborhoods and cities to consider making their own in time for the next heat wave.
Events in NYC:
Monday, Sept 16 Go Green Map!
5 to 7pm at Siempre Verde Garden, 181 Stanton on Manhattan’s Lower East Side
Curious about creating a Green Map with your neighborhood, school or group? Join us to find out how to use adaptable youth and community resources to map sustainability, generate climate action & support a greener, healthier city! Free, all ages welcome to this LUNGS Harvest Arts Fest event!
Sept 12-29 Who Takes Care of New York? at Queens Museum
We’re in STEW MAP’s citywide stewardship exhibit
Sept 20 Join us at the Global Climate Strike, at noon in Foley Square, or find a sister event organized by youth all over the world at https://globalclimatestrike.net/ Support this action on Friday Sept 27, too. Greta Thunberg in NYC - Yes! We volunteered at her arrival, joining Climate Nexus, 350.org and other groups at the marina when this powerful climate activist stepped foot in the Americas!
Sept 26 A Walk in the Park - SDGs in the Real World
4 to 6:30 PM in Sara D Roosevelt Park, starting at SE corner of 2nd Ave and Houston St.
While they may seem formal and distant, examples of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are all around us. Join us in SDR Park, and use our self-guiding map (or join a tour) and visit the 17 SDG stations, including exemplary neighbors and community assets. Special speakers, surprises, refreshments and plenty of nature to enjoy on this Walk in the Park as you experience the SDGs in the Real World!
Join Green Map System and the Sara D Roosevelt Park Community Coalition in celebrating NYC’s Climate Week and the Global Week to #ACT4SDGS. All are welcome to this free outdoor event, rain or shine. Details: http://GreenMap.org/SDGparkwalk19
OGM2: Lots of progress is being made on our new Open Green Map mapping platform. OGM2 is the second version of Green Map’s own ‘social mapping platform’. Bogdan Szabo and Ciprian Samoila delivered the first public talks about it at, the open mapping conference at the end of August (watch for the livestream archive on a blog we will post in September). With field testing underway now, we look forward to moving this platform into every day usage in the coming months.
Stuyvesant & Hudson NY: A brand new Green Map project is getting underway upstate. Started by artist Sandra Kopenen, the group includes people involved in much-needed regenerative growing. This map will soon share a regional story that includes everything from community food forests, edible landscapes, youth, flower and carbon farming.
Azabu University, Japan: We are delighted that the students of Fumiyo Murayama will be creating a new Green Map, with a featured event in the Nanasawa Forest Park this fall. They are also creating the Japanese version of the SDGs - Green Map Icon matching chart. We are always inspired by Japanese Green Mapmakers: The Cool Share Map inspired Refresh LES and we even borrowed the Go Green Map logo from one of the books created in 2010 by Aichi Green Map!
Looking forward to lots more #climateAction with you this fall - and thank you for your support!
Sept 26, experience the UN SDGs in a great park!
Work with youth or communities? Come on over 9/16!