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
Putting Spots on the East Village Green Map
Putting Spots on the East Village Green Map

What a season! At Green Map NYC, we have been fortunate to keep moving forward:

Green Map’s show at MoRUS, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, has continued all autumn in Manhattan's East Village.  We have brought people together (distantly) for events, mapmaking and to delve into the maps on display. Through these events, such as the hands-on mapping event above, we have gained new supporters, volunteers and project partners. Some quick highlights:

Commemorating NYC Climate Week, our walking tour included the Avenue B 'open street', Village East Tower's super-efficient power & heat cogeneration plant and the array of energy innovations at La Plaza Cultural, a verdant community garden.

While we need a lot more of it, there are many kinds of storm-water absorbing green infrastructure around NYC. Here's the map (PDF here) we made for our tour for the self-guided 2020 Open House New York weekend - more on these events is at GreenMap.org/2020exhibit

What's coming up? In addition to #GivingTuesday, where you can support our global program or our local work (with incentives on Dec 1!), we will host the fourth of our Demo Discussions for our mapping platform-in-development on Friday, Dec 4th at 2pm ET - join the zoom here. Our thanks to the GIS Collective's Mr. Szabo and Ms. Casapu for all their great work on the OGM2 platform! Watch for updates on instagram.com/green.map!

Our thanks to MoRUS Museum, the Grace Exhibition Space and Ms. Maucher, gardeners Ms. Canepa, Ms. Snyder and Mr. Keller, Mr. Di Paola, Ms. Meisel, Mr. Lanier and team at MoRUS, Ms. Ip and Ms. Arnow of East River Park Action, Open House NY, NYC Climate Week, Mr. Sage, Pair Networks and all who supported and took part in these events!

This Giving Tuesday - and everyday - we thank you for supporting this effort! Our local work informs our global network and vice versa. Keep it all rolling and stay safe everyone!

Our Climate Week tour included an exhibit tour!
Our Climate Week tour included an exhibit tour!
Exploring the potential of green infrastructure
Exploring the potential of green infrastructure

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Green Map's 25th anniversary exhibit and events
Green Map's 25th anniversary exhibit and events

As promised, we are back to share news with you about the Green Map exhibit, How Green Is My City? The show opened on September 6th and will remain on view for the rest of 2020 at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Avenue C in Manhattan’s East Village. MoRUS Museum is open Tuesdays and Thursday-Sunday from 11AM-7PM. Given current uncertainties, check online at GreenMap.org/2020exhibit and morusnyc.org for updates culminating in a December closing event.

Now! Donate $10-$50 (until Midnight Friday) for a 50% Match!

Find this small museum at the intersection of history and activism in the community where Green Map has been based for 25 years. Accordingly, our show is mostly about our own past accomplishments, locally and globally. We also include current projects that your donations have helped to support, such as our mapping platform in development, which will be featured in online demos and this neighborhood event: 

In person: Put your Spot on the Green Map! Saturday, September 19, 5-7pm 
Celebrate North American Day of Sustainable Communities by putting your favorite green sites on the map. Share your knowledge about places, projects and practices and find out about the OGM2 mapping platform at this outdoor event. It’s on the plaza at Grace Exhibtion Space, 2 blocks north of MoRUS at 182 Avenue C, where the “Microbes to Metropolis” exhibit by MoS MoBS LoBS Lab (by dd Maucher) is also on view. 

Online: OGM2 Demonstration Discussion! Join us on first Fridays, October 2, November 6 and December 4 at 2PM ET.
Join us from where you stand and find out about using Open Green Map 2, the new mapping platform (now in Beta) developed for us by the Berlin-based GIS Collective. Get the Zoom link at GreenMap.org/2020exhibit

We’ve also organized some tours, with more to come later this fall:

Climate Week NYC Exhibit Tour Friday, September 25th, 6pm - 
This event is part of Climate Week NYC 2020. Beginning at MoRUS Museum, this outdoor - indoor tour will provide unique insight and context to the Green Map movement. Please RSVP here

Green Map Cycling Tour Saturday October 17th, 3pm (rain date 10/18) -
This Green Map bike tour will highlight green infrastructure. We’ll track underwater streams and traverse the original NYC shore line into East River Park, which is slated for phased demolition beginning this fall. Guest speaker Ms. Ip from EastRiverParkAction.org as well as maps from the past (and for the future) will help us gain perspective on current resiliency challenges and movements. Limited to 8 riders - with distancing & masks. RSVP to apple@greenmap.org

And MoRUS has this family-friendly event planned:

East Village Community Garden Passport - Sunday, September 20th 4pm
You are invited to stop by MoRUS for your own copy of the Passport, which maps out a variety of sustainable gardens located in the East Village. Once you have gathered the stamps from all the gardens return the full passport to the museum and receive a prize! 

There is much more coming up this season at GreenMap.org/2020exhibit

We are so grateful for your support, which is matched all this week by GlobalGiving - donate $10 to $50 and we’ll receive 50% more from Sept 14-18! Anytime between 9am Monday and Midnight Friday! 

Thank you for your generosity and for your support of urban sustainability and healthier communities through Green Mapping!

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Newtown Creek Alliance's cool new use of our icons
Newtown Creek Alliance's cool new use of our icons

Moving forward alongside the intensity of the city as it re-opens ain’t easy, but we are delighted to share that we are:

  • Celebrating 25 years with an exhibit & events at MoRUS Museum
  • Engaging with new local groups and projects
  • Being featured in ‘eSpatially’
  • Sharing our new Recovery Icons, locally and globally
  • Hosting online demos of our new mapping platform in progress
  • Standing up for positive change in every way!

Exhibit: “How Green Is My City” is opening soon! The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces in Manhattan’s East Village is hosting a historical overview of our maps and other projects for the rest of 2020! Programming involves a mix of online events, outdoor tours and open hours - all to be confirmed around Labor Day and posted at GreenMap.org/2020exhibit and MoRUSnyc.org. We’ll send you details then too, so you can join in. 

Collaboration: Check out the beautiful education resources made by Newtown Creek Alliance using our icons! “The Green Map icons made our final product beautiful, truly unique, far more intuitive, and that much easier to use!” said Ms. Bloodgood in eSpatially’s article.

Green Map NYC has also taken part in the new Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition, creating new ways to use our public space during the health crisis (and we hope, it will extend beyond the current patchwork as the city addresses the Climate Emergency it declared last year). Our director has pitched in at Earth Matter's Soil Start, an urban farm growing for local soup kitchens, too. She’s supported the #SaveourCompost coalition which is now back in action, with the list of re-opened drop off locations expanding weekly to deal with food waste (a whopping 25% of NYC waste stream).

Green Map will continue this fall as a community member of the NEW INC. incubator, too!

Recovery: While the Pandemic has brought new uncertainties for everyone, we have worked to help illuminate the path forward. The Recovery Icons are being introduced to highlight public health, recuperation and regeneration - see them on our Instagram or our website, along with examples that could inspire you to create a new community resource, artwork, social media or map!

Technology: Yes, this set is available on OGM2, our new mapping platform in progress, and can be used alongside other icon sets there, including the UN 2030 Goals, as seen at Browse. Along with our partners at the GIS Collective, we’ve started hosting demos to supplement the video and text tutorials posted on new.opengreenmap.org - see Twitter.com/greenmap for updates or email us to join. Our director has also been on Instagram Live and has given her permission to use the image below - listen in anytime. 

Green Map is a resource for every community. Use it to help your place and its people thrive! Thank you for your support of this vital work, and have a safe, sustainable summer!

More sites & new! routes are on OGM2 all the time
More sites & new! routes are on OGM2 all the time
Zain & @cubeedutour hosted this Instagram Live
Zain & @cubeedutour hosted this Instagram Live

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Open Space Gateway postcard (with recovery icon)
Open Space Gateway postcard (with recovery icon)

From our vantage point on NYC’s Lower East Side, the pandemic’s painful reality hits far too close to home. Our hearts go out to all who have lost family, friends and livelihoods, here and everywhere. But we are also seeing communitycommunities coming together under clear blue skies, encouraging us to think about tomorrow, and what comes next for cities everywhere.

How can we help people bring local culture back to life in a climate-smart and healthy way? So far we have created two new approaches and invite your input and support as we move forward with Recovery Icons and Open Space Gateways projects.

If you can donate this week to support these approaches, it’s matched 50 percent! We'd appreciate your help!

Recovery Icons

Green Map and friends have drafted a concise set of icons combining new and existing symbols to help communities regenerate local culture once this viral storm has passed. Use them freely on your maps, signs, murals, social media, apps, etc. and guide the way to local recovery resources and a more resilient and healthy future. Examine the set and the first NYC ‘proof of concept’ examples (including images in this message) - add your comments please at GreenMap.org/recoveryicons

Open Space Gateway - Active Tourism Campaign

Green Maps have always been about celebrating local environments. Now, with everyone re-localizing, we are developing a campaign to encourage people to get outdoors and explore nearby parks and open spaces with the help of an informational Gateway (online and in popup kiosks) that ihighlights the best of the city’s landscapes, biodiversity, programming and special places outdoors that are (1) free and open to the public in this time of re-localization (2) when to go (3) fitness, eco-cultural and age-appropriate features and (4) safe ways to get there. 

Open Space means both open to the public and open space, ideal for physical distancing and connection with nature. Cemeteries, campuses, reused infrastructure projects, forested grounds and other open green spaces as well as major parks can gain new audiences safely. This spring, summer and beyond, this eco-active service will be especially valuable to families and really, to everyone as travel is limited, even small parks are closed and residents are urged to stay close to home. It’s especially important now as nature is so healing and so many of us haven’t recently explored the wonderful diversity that our own communities have to offer. Read more here: bit.ly/gateway-2020

Climate Actions

We’ve undertaken several actions during this acute crisis - see them here: bit.ly/GMpivot. Each of these actions has a climate impact and we’ll be sending you more about them this week during GlobalGiving’s Climate matching campaign – your help means so much to us!

Thank you for your donation - 50% match through Friday (up to $500) - a great opportunity for us. 
 
Be well, everyone. 

Our Director is a Climate S'Hero & in the exhibit
Our Director is a Climate S'Hero & in the exhibit
Recovery Map to the Lower East Side - test map 1
Recovery Map to the Lower East Side - test map 1

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First of 1,000 new street trees: Eastern Red Bud!
First of 1,000 new street trees: Eastern Red Bud!

2020 is an important year for clear vision on climate health, and Green Map NYC’s diverse local projects are moving forward in hopeful new ways. 

Waste! We can design waste out to join the circular economy: In January, we worked with SUSDesign and hosted their unique circular design workshop at NEW INC. Attracting a cross-section of local product designers and makers, the workshop was so successful that a second Circular Design workshop is being planned - tentatively for March 20 - watch for updates on the Circular City website and on Twitter.

Toilets! Yes! A new public comfort station is opening at the Stanton Building on the Lower East Side! Step One toward return of this former recreation building to the community, these shiny new stalls are a milestone in our long-term collaboration with University Settlement, FABNYC and Sara D Roosevelt Park Coalition. From Green Map NYC’s perspective, crosscutting spaces like these can build much-needed social resilience. Responding to the impending loss of nearby East River Park, we have drafted a nature-based concept, and welcome your responses to this vision. 

Street Trees! Roosevelt Park was also the scene of our SDGs in the Park event in Fall 2019. There, we planted the first of 1,000 street trees that will soon shade our overheated community, initiated by our campaign and supported by CB3 and NYC Parks. This, and other climate actions in our year end report, were accomplished thanks to your support. 

Nature! Green Map NYC is taking part in the emerging ReNature NYC coalition as well, aiming to preserve and regenerate verdant spaces across the city, as well as through participation in the 2020 Earth Celebrations (and other local revisionings). We are part of an exciting infrastructure re-use project, DutchKillsLoop.org. Our preparedness for bicyclers video is the featured first case study in Shareable’s new guide to collective resilience, too!

Maps! We’re planning to build on the success of Refresh LES. Our 2019 map of free, cool and healthy places is becoming a model this year, so we can share our open process as the season heats up. In support of Green Mapmaking everywhere, we are currently beta testing our new mapping platform in development, too. 

Many thanks to each of our GlobalGiving donors! We’ll share more about climate and collaborative responses in our next report. 

2019 projects set the stage for a powerful 2020
2019 projects set the stage for a powerful 2020
We hosted SUSdesign's Circular Design workshop
We hosted SUSdesign's Circular Design workshop

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