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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!
Icons of all kinds, including the SDGs, are mapped
Icons of all kinds, including the SDGs, are mapped

On Valentine’s Day, with love for our home community, the Lower East Side of New York City, our director was campaigning for more street trees and a local stewardship initiative to bring more nature into our lives.

Also known as the LES, our home community has 165,000 residents and a real shortage of parks, street trees and greenery. According to the City's terrific map of street trees, tree-map.nycgovparks.org, our community board district, CB3 - the LES, Chinatown and East Village - has just 5,000 Street Trees.

Trees are so beneficial! We all appreciate the leafy shade and singing birds plus these 5,000 valiant trees provide us with $600,000 in energy conservation, CO2 reduction, storm water capture and pollutant removal, all of which help mitigate climate change and protect our health. That's $120 per tree per year. Wendy's campaign is focused on this simple statement: let's get moving now on planting more street trees and reinvigorating tree stewardship.

That day Wendy Brawer made a short statement and her draft Resolution was accepted and adapted by CB3 on February 26, 2019! Download the LES Community Tree Canopy Resolution below, share the link at bit.ly/CB3trees19. Now we are working on a broader call to action - more about this exciting campaign is to come.

Green Map NYC has also been part of the Stanton Building Task Force, working in coalition to return a long-closed community center in a nearby Park to active use. Good news! New bathrooms are finally getting underway! And there's a special event, “The Sara Roosevelt Park Community Photo Album” opening April 10th 2019 at 6:30pm at Downtown Art, 70 East 4th Street NYC!

We're in the process of creating a new Green Map that includes the Stanton Bldg and mixes in the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as markers. Made on what we are calling OGM2 - a remarkable mapping platform being built by Bogdan Szabo - there's a peek of this platform above, with a link to explore it to come.

Our Director is also taking part in the new East River Alliance, which formed this winter to address the City’s new plan that could ‘bury the park in order to save it”. Surely, there is an ecologically sound way to deflect climate change impacts while supporting the needs of this diverse community! Explore this growing community coalition at http://EastRiverAlliance.org and join us Sunday morning, May 5th at 11am for our East River Park 'Jane’s Walk' to see what’s at stake in person.

Several talks are coming right up, including presenting in a tourism forum at the US State Department for international vistitors, touring with Japanese urban planning students, and more - catch us on Twitter and join us for public events this spring, too! 

#animatechange with special Street Trees!
#animatechange with special Street Trees!
Envision the past and the future of @StantonBldg
Envision the past and the future of @StantonBldg

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20 Years Celebration in Havana!
20 Years Celebration in Havana!

It’s been an exciting year, culminating in the launch of our new website! Explore the first of many stories and our now Open iconography and policies. This slideshow explains more about our new trajectory, and of course, our history. Our thanks to our dev team and Pair Networks for their ongoing website hosting.

Good News!

While our original mapping platform, the Open Green Map, has crossed the 41,000 sites milestone, we are happy to report that OGM2 is in development, with beta test release planned for spring. Your donations will support its full vision!

In 2018, new Green Map projects were started in US, Colombia, Guinea, Ireland, UK, Germany, China, Korea and Taiwan - each offers hope to all local people!

Cuba celebrated 20 years of Green Map this month, with dozens of people from across the country gathering in Havana for a major Mapa Verde exchange and assessment. Watch for their documentary film in 2019 - we can’t wait!

In May, our director connected with five European projects. We continued working with them, in particular, our
• Copenhagen partners are pursuing major 2019-2023 objectives;
• Helsinki’s leadership led to October’s O2 30th Anniversary reunion, where Green Map co-presented at the Embassy of Circularity at Dutch Design Week;
• Geneva’s Green Swiss network is refocused on mountain mapping;
In addition to his biodiversity research in Romania's Carpathian mountains, Ciprian Samoila’s work culminated in the new website's launch;

Honored as Keynote speaker at the 2018 commencement for The Parsons School of Strategic Design, our director, Wendy Brawer spoke of the graduates’ dedication, strength and values in this turbulent time. She also took part in the school’s Climate Crisis week in the fall, involving Sustainable Systems students in the quirky #animatechange campaign. There are nearly 4 million views of these climate-action oriented GIFs - use them in your social media messages!

Your support accelerates all this momentum - thank you!  

 

GreenMap.org - check out our new website
GreenMap.org - check out our new website
Vintage posters for our website - 1999, 2004, 2010
Vintage posters for our website - 1999, 2004, 2010
You are part of our history - and our future!
You are part of our history - and our future!

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Share your positive actions #animateChange in Oct!
Share your positive actions #animateChange in Oct!

It’s Climate Week in NYC and Green Map has created an exciting new way to share your positive climate actions - and it’s not a map! We thinks it's so important to engage young people who use social media, texts and such, so we are rolling out 

#AnimateChange!
http://bit.ly/GIFgmED 

Share your positive climate actions with animated GIFs that make your actions UNFORGETTABLE!

With support from LES Ready, we are creating fun little animated messages that you can add to your messages, website, Instagram, etc. First year sustainability students from Parsons New School of Design are pitching in, and we’re accepting ideas and images until Sept 30 at http://bit.ly/RRgif-ideas - so please share your ideas for GIFs, too. We're re-mixing and adding to the set of GIFs this week!

Then, in October, take part in Green Map’s #AnimateChange campaign!

Show everyone how you are taking action for a healthier, greener, more resilient and prepared world -
Use Green Map's GIFs and bring your actions to light!

Use these open-source GIFs to animate your social media, texts and websites through 10/29/18 (#SandyDay, the 6th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy) - be sure to tag your posts #animateChange. Yes, you can use them anytime!

See the GIF collection grow at http://giphy.com/greenmap and follow the #AnimateChange! campaign on http://bit.ly/GIFgmED 

#animateChange - Bike Daily!
#animateChange - Bike Daily!

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Mapping our Common Ground v3! Launching the eBook
Mapping our Common Ground v3! Launching the eBook

Green Map’s director and local project leaders had an especially good series of meetings in May and June in five European countries. A highlight was the launching of Mapping Our Common Ground’s third edition, and the first to be released as an eBook - get your copy of this guide free at http://bit.ly/MCG18-pdf. Launched in two places at once, find out more about the story behind this handy resource - our thanks to Maeve Lydon, Ken Josephson, Crystal Tremblay and John Lutz in Victoria BC and Budapest, and to Ciprian and Alexandra Samolia and colleagues in Bistrita Romania.

A total of nine meetings with municipalities, NGOs, an embassy and UN staff were part of the trip’s mix of activities. The United Nations SDGs (2030 Global Goals) played a part in many of these meetings, as we have now charted our icons in relation to these 17 goals, added them to our new guide, and begun exploring how our network has been using them ‘on the ground’.

This activity is featured in the slideshow at http://bit.ly/GMS-SDG18. This presentation will continue to evolve as we are taking part in some of the related events alongside the United Nations' High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July in New York.

In the heat of summer, we are taking a couple weeks off from hosting public events, but looking ahead to our Climate Week special event in September, stay tuned! and stay cool!



Earth Focus Sustainabus will launch soon in Geneva
Earth Focus Sustainabus will launch soon in Geneva
Romanian Green Mapmakers on the Radio
Romanian Green Mapmakers on the Radio
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Jayapura Indonesia Green Mapmakers clean the beach
Jayapura Indonesia Green Mapmakers clean the beach

It’s spring at Green Map and that means Earth Day is coming! Worldwide, we have some exciting events planned, including: 

From Michigan, where Green Mapmakers at Monroe County will take part in the Earth Day Expo on 4/14/2018 to Geneva Switzerland where our mapmaking colleagues at Earth Focus will debut their mobile experience, the Sustainabus! to California, where James Fish of the St Louis Green Map project will present a talk on Open Green Maps for an audience of Chinese and American scholars at the 12th International Forum on Ecological Civilization Conference in Claremont, CA - Apr 27&28. Everywhere, Earth Day offers a fresh opportunity to engage new audiences in thinking green and taking action for healthier, more lovable communities 

In New York, Green Map System will be tabling on Broadway as part of the Earth Day DOT Car-free Celebration on April 21 - we’re collecting opinions on new icons and applications. Look for us near Herald Sq and let us know you are our Global Giving friend! Details can be found here.

On the 22nd, our director is taking part in a Brooklyn Waterfront Bike Tour hosted by Human Impacts Institute  - details here. We’ll also be stopping in the Spring Awakening in the East Village!

Since we think Every Day is Earth Day, we’ll invite you to this too: Our May 6 Jane’s Walk doubles as a Lower East Side History Month walking tour - Past. Present. Future of the LES is a free event - join us at 11:30 am for a 2 hour walk that starts and ends at the Stanton Building. Details here.

In March, Green Map Jayapura hosted a beach clean up in Papua Indonesia! Our board member, Barent Roth is teaching 3-D Printing techniques to Parsons students and testing out some new game and marker concepts with us.  In April, we hosted Tokyo Green Mapmaker Masahiro Horiuchi, who presented his Share Hub and Share Map at MORUS NYC. We'll soon be posting a better video on Facebook.com/GreenMap, a great spot to follow our most recent actions. 

To date in 2018, groups from the US, Colombia, UK and Guineau have joined us a new Green Mapmaking projects. On behalf of the ever-growing Green Map network, Thank You! Have a meaningful Earth Day, where ever you live. 

Join us May 6 for a walking tour in Manhattan
Join us May 6 for a walking tour in Manhattan
3-D Green Map Icons by Parsons design students
3-D Green Map Icons by Parsons design students
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Location: New York, NY - USA
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Wendy E. Brawer
Founding Director & Secretary
New York, NY United States

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