Green Maps for a more sustainable future!

by Green Map System
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!
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!
Charting native plants seeded by Stuy Cove, NYC
Charting native plants seeded by Stuy Cove, NYC

It’s been a good summer at Green Map in NYC, in between epic rain storms and air quality alerts that bring climate issues to the forefront. When we look back to our first climate-focused map made in 2006, we asked, “What’s your dream for the future - the Baked Apple or a healthy, beautiful city?” We’re still asking! And we’re gearing up for a busy autumn with your help.

NYC’s newest Green Map project

We made this map in support of Stuy Cove, a treasured ‘food forest’ that has fed wild birds, butterflies and humans for nearly 20 years. This amazing native plant garden is on the move, and hundreds of plants are being distributed to other gardens, schoolyards and tree beds around the city. We wanted everyone to see where this biological richness continues to flourish, so we created a Campaign survey that sends responses to OGM2, our mapping platform (see bit.ly/SCplants). This makes it easy for each location to record the status of the transplants on this map-in-progress. See it at bit.ly/scplantmap - it’s expected to show about 40 locations when completed.

Making way for storm surge barriers, it’s our hope that Stuy Cove, a project of Solar One, will be able to return to its East River location, and continue supporting biodiversity and education in this community along the Atlantic Flyway, as currently planned.

Events!

Join us online on Wednesday, the 22nd of September, 2021 at 1:30 ET (6:30pm in the UK) with Scottish Green Map projects during Climate Fringe Week which is organised by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland to celebrate and support ways you can engage in climate activism. The event includes a pop in by the GIS Collective, rural and urban examples with Mr. Lovelock of Glasgow Eco Trust and Ms. Clinch of Dunoon's Tacit Design, along with global examples highlighting climate action that will inspire you before, during and after COP26. RSVP here

The next day, our director is presenting at the Service Design Scotland Distanced Gathering, an ongoing conversation hosted by Distanced Gathering that’s broken expectations of what can happen on Zoom. It’s at 11AM ET (4PM in the UK) on Thursday September 23. Delve in and register here.

Live event: Visualize Green Infrastructure! It’s a timely topic for the 10th LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival. Join Green Map’s walking discussion on Tuesday September 28 starting at 5PM ET at La Plaza Cultural, East 9th at Avenue C in the East Village. No need to RSVP. Check out the self-guided green infra tour map we created for Open House New York in 2020.

Supporting Changing Communities

We hope you and your community are moving to address all the issues and impacts coming to light now. With all the alarming news about climate change, we’re doing more, too. Soon, we’ll let you know about COP26-related events in Scotland and online latet this fall.

You can help us make the most of this opportunity to activate climate action through participatory mapping by pitching in by midnight on Friday during the 50% match on donations up to $50 in the Little by Little campaign! Thank you and be well, friends!

Join us for events with Scottish Mapmakers & More
Join us for events with Scottish Mapmakers & More
We knew in 2006. Why is anyone surprised? Act now!
We knew in 2006. Why is anyone surprised? Act now!

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A great kick off to our summer of action!
A great kick off to our summer of action!

Lazy days of summer? Not so for Green Map projects. All of us in the network and at the global HQ can see that this is prime time and are working hard locally, already in the run up to the UN Climate conference, COP 26, and the NGO-oriented Fringe COP 26 that will take place this fall. Let’s start there.

Our director was invited to the climate-themed TED Countdown conference in Edinburgh in mid-October! This set in motion a plan to stay in Scotland for the COP and work with local Green Map projects and the many participants who will be in and near Glasgow in early November! We’ll share plans and our public events that are live, hybrid and online as it gets closer. Special thanks to Ms. Clinch of Dunoon's Tacit Design and Mr. Lovelock of Glasgow Eco Trust where the Green Map is already underway here, using OGM2, our cool new mapping platform and its campaign feature to engage people in creating it! 

Want to help? Your contributions on July 14 of $100 - $1000 will be matched by GlobalGiving and will be dedicated to our work in Scotland this fall. Donate as soon as possible at 9 ET while matching funds last and give Green Map a big boost! 

Ms. Clinch also took part in our recent presentation at Living Knowledge 9, which illuminated ways that the United Nations 2030 Global Goals - the SDGs - are used together with Green Map Icons to raise visibility at the local level. Associate Professor Murayama and students at Azabu University in Japan made a terrific 8 minute video on the topic which you can see at bit.ly/SDG-GM-Azabu or watch the full 2 hours at bit.ly/SDG-GM21

Our Recovery Icons were the subject of a talk at C2M2, the Cities, Covid, Mitigation and Mapping Symposium hosted by American Association of Geographers and Harvard University in June - find links to each day of this event as well as our most recent OGM2 Demo (with a sneak peek at the App in development!!) on our Blog.

There are now 60 Open Green Maps on our new platform! Let’s call out one project, GreenErasmus, a student-led multi-campus project focused on students having the best, most sustainable possible experience during their semester abroad in Remagen Germany, Tbilisi Georgia, Baku Azerbaijan, Campina Grande Brazil and Pondicherry India. Congratulations to all involved!

Hadera Israel’s spring project was also successful, yielding maps that shared 4th graders’ perspectives and community improvement ideas, several of which will be funded to move forward. Watch this space in 2022, when, according to the project leader, Ms. Azmon, the project will be extended and continued!

Our thanks to everyone who helps make the world go round with their Green Map projects, and to you, for supporting this ongoing work! Our best wishes for a healthy and green season. 

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Intern'l Society for Participatory Mapping 4-13-21
Intern'l Society for Participatory Mapping 4-13-21

Hello friends of Green Map System!

With your help, we’re having an amazing spring, with locally led Green Map projects popping up all over the world.

Today, we are inviting you to see what’s new at our home base, New York City, where we are gearing up for the Climate Action matching week at GlobalGiving - yes, our NYC project is taking part, and this means your donations of up to $100 are 100% matched next week, from Monday through Friday (April 19th - 23rd) - please pitch in!

Recently, our NYC projects include both mapping and “place making” (which to us means creating green healthy places that we can add to the Green Map). We alternate the two in this new project report that features our local climate action work and partnerships.

NYC is a testing ground for the global Green Map network and many of our adaptable engagement and mapping tools were tested here first. This Saturday,  you can help us pilot the new OGM2 Campaign tool -  It’s a quick way to engage lots of people in local mapping projects! From noon to three in East River Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, find us near the Fireboat House (just south of Delancey street at riverside), along with several local groups (here is the schedule). 

Our work reaches new people all the time. Just this week, our director had the honor of being the first speaker in the International Society of Participatory Mapping’s new Storylines series - follow @ISPMapping on Twitter for updates on the series and watch the recording here.

More people are using OGM2, our new mapping platform, all the time. Come check out a demo and discussion with its open source developers from the GIS Collective and guest Green Mapmakers on Saturday April 17, 2021 10:00 AM EDT (your time zone). It's a one-hour event, please register here, and consider making a Green Map for your community!

It’s been a year like no other, and we thank you for your support of our work worldwide and in NYC. Our best wishes for your good health - have a great, green Earth Day and Climate Action Week, too!

Join us on April 17 in East River Park
Join us on April 17 in East River Park
Map your community with our new platform!
Map your community with our new platform!

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20th Anniversary Celebration Video from Cuba
20th Anniversary Celebration Video from Cuba

Tomorrow is Open Data Day at Green Map! It’s actually being celebrated across our city and worldwide - come join our presentation of our awesome mapping platform, OGM2, with speakers from the development team and the exemplary FEEDJeffCo Green Map (begun in 2020, this map has pivoted from celebrating food grown locally around Port Townsend to securing access to healthy food for all in Washington State’s Jefferson County).

OGM2 is becoming more flexible and useful with easy to create mapping campaigns and new storytelling features like sound files. It’s so versatile that 4th graders in Hadera Israel are getting started now as part of their "My City" curriculum. At Green Map, we welcome more young mapmakers guided by educators where the mapping can combine “combine 21st century skills and sustainability in a city that wants to be green.”

RSVP to Tuesday’s 1pm ET Open Day Day talk at bit.ly/OGM2ODW
(Check ‘every time zone’ and if you read this message too late, no worries, we will add the recording to OGM2’s story, with demo recordings, upcoming events and the growing list of OGM2 in beta features. 

Open continues: As part of her interest in community wellbeing, our director is part of an exciting panel on open air quality data on Thursday at 11 AM, too (details at bit.ly/AQ21ODW).

It’s very moving to see progress through community mapping on the ground - with or without tech platforms. Thank you again for your support, which helps every Green Map project!

Cuba’s Green Map project is celebrating 20 years with a newly released video, find it on our YouTube channel.  Crafted with great archival footage and reflections over the last two years, these Green Mapmakers, based at the Centro Felix Varela since inception, share the secret sauce that keeps this nation-wide project relevant and a source of continuous progress. Their Covid maps (best seen at Red de Mapa Verde and the organizational page on Facebook, along with regenerative efforts stemming from findings on the maps) have helped illuminate and address a wide range of vulnerabilities. We’re so glad to share they are planning to digitize the remarkable Atlas of paper maps amassed over the years on OGM2!  Yes! Our thanks to all involved in this remarkable effort and to those contributing "back end" translations to make it easier to chart in any language on OGM2. 

Liana, the long time director of the Cuban Green Map project is a member of the International Green Mapmakers Advisory group, which met yesterday and refreshed goals and projects for the year ahead. We’ll be sharing more of this on our next newsletter. 

Upcoming: Watch our social media for the date and link to our director's talk at the International Society of Participatory Mapping in mid-April, too.

Our best wishes for the Equinox and a healthy, green season ahead! 

Hadera Israel's 4th Grade Green Map introduction
Hadera Israel's 4th Grade Green Map introduction
Our thanks to a great group of advising Mapmakers
Our thanks to a great group of advising Mapmakers
Come to our Open Data Day event or see video later
Come to our Open Data Day event or see video later

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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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