With hundreds of miles of coastline and eight million residents, NYC is particularly vulnerable. Climate change is destined to reshape NYC's future, and by extension, all cities impacted by 'manhattanization'. In 2012, we observed that socially resilient communities recovering faster from Superstorm Sandy. Costing NYC $19 billion, the stresses Sandy revealed accelerated our mission. Today we're building knowledge, networks and skills with a diversity of maps, community projects, media and more.
Edison said, "we can't solve problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them". We are experienced and understand how to engage and empower people with capacities that support local sustainability and regenerative culture. Moreover, Green Map System is now open source and is partnering creatively to engage urban dwellers in building a climate-smart future. NYC, our home community, has always been our testing ground for new ideas that often become models for other communities.
With NYC as our base, we build and test resources used by 1,000 mapping projects in 65 countries including award-winning icons, an adaptable framework and platform. Now an open source organization, we are diversifying - supporting a 'Community Canopy' of street trees, a local Cool Map, diverse place making and mobility projects, new wellness-oriented icons sets and OGM2 platform, extended partnerships and more for a convivial community and climate health.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).