NYC Green Maps + Climate Action

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NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
NYC Green Maps + Climate Action
Experiential ed connecting LES youth & climate
Experiential ed connecting LES youth & climate

Our thanks to you for being on the Green Map support team in 2022!

Our work in NYC includes mapmaking and placemaking that contributes to a healthier climate and more convivial community. Our 2022 GlobalGiving reports tell the story of our work on street trees, the hoped for return of on a Lower East Side community space with the SD Roosevelt Park Community Coalition, and ongoing participation on the steering committee of the Dutch Kills Loop in Queen's Long Island City.

Connecting with youth is critical, and in the photo above, we're using sensors to measure overheating and air quality with students from the Sixth Street Community Center on a tour created by LES Breathe, one of the many walks, talks and events we have been part of this year.   

We outlined big plans for 2023 in our December GlobalGiving report and are making steady progress on our climate, sustainability and wellbeing mission. We are looking ahead to a year of refreshing exchange and engagement with our local NYC Green Map project, thanks to you.  

Our work going forward will definitely benefit from your generosity as we work to maximize progress towards a thriving world. Thank you again for standing with us and our diverse project partners who lead the way locally each day. 

Our best wishes to you for a healthy, sustainable and joyful season and all the best for 2023! 

 

 

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Help us get activateNYC off the ground, please!
Help us get activateNYC off the ground, please!

Climate Action! We’ve been thinking global. But also going local: NYC, like so many cities, feels a bit vulnerable these days. Can we co-create a new road map that helps New Yorkers find the green path forward and supports social resilience?

We’re planning an inclusionary project for 2023 that contributes to more equitable and sustainable development by working together, sharing knowledge and raising eco-literacy, along with building organizing, assessment and communications skills. Your support, boosted by the Giving Tuesday incentive fund here at GlobalGiving by Midnight ET today, will make all the difference in our aim to activate everyone through a new ‘train the trainer' program we’re calling activateNYC.

Our plan is based around our new open source mapping Platform – already highlighting nearly 100 Green Maps charted by local people in a dozen countries - and reflects a history that includes 65 countries where locally-made Green Maps have illuminated resources for climate health, and verdant, convivial communities. As we pilot this new approach, we’ll recall the lessons learned creating and sharing our 2006 energy-themed NYC Green Map (bit.ly/NYCenergy06) and model our activation process to benefit other cities that may want to follow suit.

activateNYC will develop a home-grown Green Map in partnership with local climate justice, environmental, tech training and regenerative planning groups. We will provide training to local nonprofit staff members, interns and others to use the Green Map Platform to highlight themes such as environmental injustices, carbon reduction, wildlife protection, etc., in accordance with their own mission. Maps have the capacity to communicate universally; ours will highlight active living and green jobs alongside climate health resources, local initiatives and mission-aligned places, pathways and resources.

activateNYC incorporates a train the trainer approach that includes:
• Strategy sessions to maximize potential, aligned with their project goals
• Engagement and community participation
• Online training and resources
• Group and individual check ins
• Potential to coordinate Green Map field days, workshops & map debuts
• Social media and other promotion
• Reflection on the process, iterations and future mapping

With fresh and in-depth information, the resulting Green Maps will show people your perspective on the challenges and available solutions. Each can be embedded on other websites or viewed either individually on our Platform, or collectively on the world-view Green Map. Each map can be filtered, and its data can be imported or exported in various formats for convenient usages.

There’s more! Participants will learn to understand the complexity of sustainable development using the Green Map Icons, and to take charge of their data while building capacity to work with a range of community stakeholders, as well as develop creative use of digital tools through an ethical climate lens.

We’re scaling our plan and requesting other support, but your donation today will ensure that we can pilot activateNYC this spring. NYC needs this and we need you to help make it happen!

Thank you for being our partner and ongoing supporter of our work in NYC! Our best wishes for a green and healthy season ahead.

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Gardeners + urban trees + stewardship + you!
Gardeners + urban trees + stewardship + you!

Hello and happy Autumn to all our GlobalGiving supporters! 

As the leaves turn golden and drift down to earth, we think of trees. Caring for urban trees, with all their eco and social benefits, is at the root of climate action.

Building on our 2019 campaign for the Lower East Side Tree Canopy, we joined the citywide celebration of City of Forest Day, a new annual NYC event. We co-organized “Remembrance and Protection for Urban Forests” with community gardeners. More about urban trees, stewardship and shared resources is at bit.ly/urbantrees22. Although we have lost far too many mature trees here, over 500 new street trees have been planted in our district since 2019. 

We have found that stewardship is a popular theme at Earth Celebration events, and our director will be the first speaker at their November 9th event. Tune in - we'll be inviting people to help us assess what people value about trees and crowdsource favorites across NYC ! Find more events on facebook.com/greenmap, too. 

We've been taking part in myriad events, including It's My Park Day at Sara Roosevelt Park on October 30th. We're part of the coalition to reactivate a former recreation center there, and we were so glad our new City Councilmember and new Commissioner for Manhattan Parks were there to talk about a new phase of community partnership.  

Globally, we're glad our NYC maps and the Green Map movement are part of Tools for a Warming Planet, created by our long-time colleague, Ms. Ferguson and team. Peruse the catalog at warmingplanet.org This traveling exhibition has been shown this year at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven NL, Ars Electronica in Linz AS, and in the International Symposium on Electronic Arts of Barcelona ES and in the US, Arts Santa Monica!

This has been a great year for progress on the Green Map Platform progress, and there is a constant stream of updates thanks to our developer team at the GISCollective (you can also view their more technical open source updates). Behind the scenes, we’re expanding the Platform to make it easier for everyone to make and share Green Maps. Your support makes all the difference!

We hosted events online and in person this season, including the Platform’s lunchtime learning session created for the Climate Fringe of Scotland. The presentation is now featured in our blog. Let us know if you’d like to create a session like this and involve your part of the world in building capacity, knowledge and networks for community and climate health.

Our best wishes to all as the season changes. Stay healthy and hopeful and love your local trees! 

Activating the Stanton Parkhouse
Activating the Stanton Parkhouse
Tools for a Warming Planet touring exhibit
Tools for a Warming Planet touring exhibit
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Garden and Parks are green infrastructure
Garden and Parks are green infrastructure

At Green Map NYC, we create events as well as mapmaking resources that connect climate and community. 

Here are some highlights of the Green Infrastructure Tour that we created recently for LES History Month and Jane’s Walk, thanks to photos by Ms. Sano, a long time friend to Green Map.

For this event, we partnered with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, which is where our tour began. We followed a route we initiated in 2020 for Open House New York (see map below), adding new sites and features including air quality and temperature sensors to check along the way (thanks to LES Breathe, the group that placed sensors around the neighborhood).

Of course, we started in a community garden, the lush La Plaza Cultural, where rainwater collection, composting, abundant greenery, a pond and French Drains help retain stormwater, which is what green infrastructure is all about. 

A historic map illuminated changes to the groundwater and tidal creeks. Everyone gained insights into the flow of our sewage towards the Manhattan Pumping Station after walking through the Riis Houses sunken playgrounds that can retain stormwater, noting the new resiliency infrastruction (elevated utilities, etc). Participants exchanged knowledge of everything from the new 'saddlebag' heat pump window air conditioners to local food security (which includes the Free Fridges, a mutual aid solution to food waste and want. 

Thanks to you, events like this help engage everyone. We very much appreciate your ongoing support! 

Rain barrels, composting, even Little Libraries!
Rain barrels, composting, even Little Libraries!
Manhattan Pumping Station and curbed playground
Manhattan Pumping Station and curbed playground
2020's self guided green infrastructure tour map
2020's self guided green infrastructure tour map
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Let's all put renewables on the Green Map!
Let's all put renewables on the Green Map!

Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine, and to all others around the world who are caught up in conflicts that are rooted in fossil foolishness. We have known our continued dependencies fuel so many ills, layering injustice and war on top of environmental and public health degradation. Between that and the crushing reality that our planet’s climate is destabilized, our energy choices must be made with our common future in mind.

Luckily, we don't have to drive ourselves to extinction! There are so many resources available today to promote sustainability by communities, companies and individuals, it’s possible and practical to switch to a variety of renewable sources of energy, including human power!

Thanks to the alternative-rich iconography utilized on locally made Green Maps, we’ve all been charting convivial ways to get around without a car, connecting people with the beauty of nature near home, showing local examples of solar, geothermal and energy efficiency, and illuminating opportunities for reducing our own carbon footprint and connecting with local groups advocating for justice and sweeping policy change in government, business, housing and public institutions.


In this way, Green Map System helps inspire local action that can impact effective global policy and help form larger communities of practice that address everything from access to clean drinking water to healthier oceans and education for a more sustainable planet.

GlobalGiving donors - if you want to see positive change accelerate locally, start at home and create a Green Map! Every community has positive efforts underway - you can put them on the map and make energy saving and renewables visible and desirable. It's a great way to help everyone do their part, meet people who want to share their knowledge and perspectives, and empower your community to move towards renewables and carbon smart practices.

We would be happy to help you get started! There’s a new Quick Start Guide for the Open Green Map platform we have been developing with your support at new.opengreenmap.org - it walks you through the steps to get started. Or, pop in for Green Map office hours and ask your questions - the next will be held on Wednesday April 6, 10 AM EDT, use this link: bit.ly/meet-gms422. Thanks to you, making a Green Map remains free for non-commercial projects!

Let’s use our power to change the ways we source and use our power!

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graph by #climateINACTIONstripes
From Twitter: Green Map basics on Vancouver Island
From Twitter: Green Map basics on Vancouver Island

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