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Green Maps for a more sustainable future!

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Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Green Maps for a more sustainable future!
Explore it onsite or online, in Dunoon Scotland
Explore it onsite or online, in Dunoon Scotland

2020, what a year! Despite it all new mapping projects keep popping up, thanks to your help! Please pitch in on Giving Tuesday and incentivize our work. 

Take for example, the Dunoon Postcard Trail, designed to link the local heritage of this Scottish seaside town to the sustainable community development of this place. Explored onsite or online, this is created by Ms. Clinch of Tacit Design, who has also partnered with Creative Carbon Scotland on this program on community mapping for environmental empowerment, introducing Green Mapmaking to so many new people. 

Ms. Clinch’s Green Map was made on OGM2, our mapping platform in development by the GIS Collective. There’s now about 25 maps to explore at http://new.OpenGreenMap.org. Check out the list of features, some of which grew out of our First Fridays zooms with the Berlin-based developers and the global mapmakers. Thanks to your support, OGM2 will soon emerge from ‘beta’ and continue to grow in usefulness and versatility. This ‘open source’ platform has huge potential to be used in other applications, too!

You support also helps us create and share education resources. Check out the important work being done in as a university-high school collaboration at “Green Map as a service-learning experience in a coastal community of Yucatan, Mexico”. Here, the marine aquatecture students used Google MyMap with Green Map Icons, plus three new symbols they created to point out turtle habitats, street dogs and local seafood. Our thanks to project leaders Ms. Leija, Ms. Koh and Ms. Ávila for their report on our blog, too. 

We love working with classes, and nowadays, it’s so easy to show up and support innovative uses of mapping and location-based technologies. A highlight was working with Los Angeles’ OTIS College of Art & Design on their entry for PANDO Days, a cool new app concept that mixed our icons, the UN SDGs and symbols already in use in LA County. Our work with the University of Victoria continues, as well, and now we are drawing OGM2 and the GIS Collective into the “Map Shop” process. 

All these experiences played a role in our 25th year exhibit “How Green Is My City’ at MoRUS Museum in New York. The show continues and possibly, more outdoor events will pop up - watch for updates and follow us on Instagram at green.map, too! 

Our best wishes to all! Stay healthy and thank you for your support this Giving Tuesday (or anytime!)

Our Mapping Platform has unique versatile features
Our Mapping Platform has unique versatile features
Marine aquatecture service learning in Yucatan MX
Marine aquatecture service learning in Yucatan MX
Our indoor-outdoor Green Map exhibit - fall 2020
Our indoor-outdoor Green Map exhibit - fall 2020

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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 Thursdays through Sundays from 11AM - 7PM. Check online at GreenMap.org/2020exhibit and morusnyc.org for updates culminating in a December closing event.

Please! 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 Exhibition Space at 182 Avenue C, where the “Microbes to Metropolis” exhibit by MoS MoBS LoBS Lab 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 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

MoRUS has this family-friendly event planned:
East Village Community Garden Passport - Sunday, Sept 20th 4pm 
Stop in 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 - see GreenMap.org/2020exhibit

We are so grateful for your support, which is matched all week - donate $10 to $50 and we’ll receive 50% more from September 14th to 18th, until Midnight Friday, thanks to GlobalGiving. 

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

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OGM2 demo with the GIS Collective & Mapmakers
OGM2 demo with the GIS Collective & Mapmakers

With your help, Green Map is:

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

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.  Capable of mapping points, lines and areas and displaying unique icon sets and basemaps, demonstrations of this open source platform have become iterative parts of the development process. 

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: Green Map will continue this fall as a community member of the NEW INC. incubator! Locally, we’re taking 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). 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

Our director has also been on Instagram Live and has 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!

Newtown Creek Alliance's cool new use of our icons
Newtown Creek Alliance's cool new use of our icons
Zain & @cubeedutour hosted this Instagram Live
Zain & @cubeedutour hosted this Instagram Live
OGM2, now in Beta, maps points, lines and areas!
OGM2, now in Beta, maps points, lines and areas!

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Facebook post from Cuba's Red de Mapa Verde
Facebook post from Cuba's Red de Mapa Verde

In this time of this pandemic, we know it’s important to do more than wish that all are safe and well. With everything so uncertain, here at Green Map, we are re-framing what we have learned by sharing symbols that help people visualize and create a healthier future. Borrowing from our lexicon, we are testing out a concise set of Recovery Icons designed to help communities ‘re-localize’ and inclusively regain their footing. See and comment on the draft set of symbols that promotes regeneration of the local culture at http://GreenMap.org/RecoveryIcons

These open source Recovery Icons can be used on maps, apps and social media as well as on signage, guides, murals and as place markers. We plan to make the Recovery Icons available on OGM2, our mapping platform in development at new.opengreenmap.org, where people can quickly make informative, responsive maps of their own community’s recovery resources (our thanks to the team at GIS Collective!). We’ll share examples to inspire people, partner to extend the practice and track the ways these icons spur communications on sustainable living and calls to action, ideally with your support.

We’re also hearing from Green Mapmakers who are already using the maps and data they have collected to help their communities address immediate needs in the COVID crisis. In Washington State, Ms. Hunt’s FEED Jefferson County Green Map does the essential work of helping local farmers get their crops to people in need and to new customers. In Cuba, the network is making use of maps they created to highlight vulnerabilities as virus-related shortages are beginning to impact communities. We’re continuing to work with university students (check out the great outcomes at UVictoria this semester). We are trying to help in other ways, locally, whether it’s delivering mask-making materials we had collected from Materials for the Arts (a terrific NYC re-use warehouse), or continuing our street tree campaign - work that is more important than ever as researchers are showing how dirty air causes more COVID deaths, and the trees are a lasting defense. 

Saving the best news for last - congratulations to assistant professor Murayama at the Department of Environmental Science of Azabu University in Japan. His students are winners in final round of the "University SDGs Action! Awards 2020" for their work to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  - check out their winning presentation in our blog!

We appreciate all the support and encouragement you have given to Green Map’s projects around the world. We couldn’t do it without you! Feel free to pitch in anytime, of course. And, just to mention, all next week, April 20-24th, our NYC Green Map + Climate Action project has a 50% match here at GlobalGiving, aligned with Earth Day.  

In closing, be well, stay safe and stay active!

Congratulations to this SDGs Green Map project!
Congratulations to this SDGs Green Map project!
Supporting food security in rural Washington
Supporting food security in rural Washington
Facebook post from Cuba's Red de Mapa Verde
Facebook post from Cuba's Red de Mapa Verde

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A Walk in the Park - Exploring the SDGs in NYC
A Walk in the Park - Exploring the SDGs in NYC

For me, as Green Map’s director, each year has been so different that it’s really fun to reflect back.

For example, 2018 was our year of going open, culminating in a party that shepherded in a wonderful year of new possibilities, partners and collaborations. In 2019 this led us to join an incubator! Since September, Green Map System has been a member of NEW INC's Ideas for the City group. It's been great to work in this creative collaboration space next to the NEW Museum with 100 participants and ample opportunities to connect in new ways. 
 
2019 has also been a year of relocalizing. I got involved in the effort to save East River Park, a site that’s been featured on many of our Green Maps, cycling and walking tours. Along with neighbors, we joined hands with East River Park Action when the East Side Coastal Resilience plan misplaced its ecological foundations and became a monolithic $1.45 billion flood wall. Gaining new skills for addressing policy that reflects the uncertainty baked into climate change, I sought a positive outcome and campaigned for street trees. The first of the 1,000 new Lower East Side Community Canopy trees are being planted now. I’m on the new street tree task force and will also take part in stewardship and leafy green regeneration of, for and by the community. There’s other local ‘placemaking’ underway and 2020 looks to be an outstanding year for progress on long-term local projects. 
 
What about mapping? In NYC, we took on rising temperatures, a growing threat in far too many cities. We published the Refresh LES Green Map highlighting healthy, free and cool places in our community. It’s our first open map, meaning anyone can use its contents to share the 'cool mapping' concept in their own way - that’s how the Spanish version was made. We enjoyed presented it and our other work at the mapping conferences, FOSS4G, Terrifica and NYC Conservation GIS Day; at workshops on Governors Island and in Hudson NY; at Earth Celebration and EcoTrippin events; as well as at the School of Data, and in various classrooms and halls in local universities and high schools.  

Yes, our global archive is still growing! Printed editions of Green Maps were produced from Baltimore and Monroe Michigan to Cape Town and Shanghai. We’re excited about the newly opened eco center in Holguin. It's the town where Green Map - Mapa Verde took root in Cuba, and now has an even stronger base from which to grow. New projects are in the works, near and far, including the development of our next mapping platform by Bogdan Szabo and Ciprian Samoila. Our interest in the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals keeps expanding, as well, with our successful fall ‘SDGs in the Park’ event, leading us forward on a new project for this spring. Follow Green Map on Facebook and Twitter for updates all year. 
 
Special thanks to everyone for their help this year, especially our wonderful and hard-working board of directors, who took part in April’s Climate Action crowdfunding campaign in support of our NYC work. Our global efforts received a major boost from the generous folks at NYC Whisky, which matched and donated the funds raised at their 10th anniversary celebration to our nonprofit in November. We’d also like to thank you and all the donors who pitched in to this long-running global campaign on Giving Tuesday, all of which was proportionately matched by Global Giving! Wow, do we feel appreciated!
 
2020 - a year when clear vision will be so badly needed - is just around the corner. Please join us in doing all you can to make it a year of inclusive progress toward community wellbeing and planetary healing.

 

Celebrating Green Map-SDGs in Japan with Azuba U
Celebrating Green Map-SDGs in Japan with Azuba U
Holguin Cuba's ecocenter with Angel Reyes, mapper
Holguin Cuba's ecocenter with Angel Reyes, mapper
NYC City Hall rally for East River Park Spring 19
NYC City Hall rally for East River Park Spring 19
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