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!
Healthy Living Harlem's Eco Justice Green Map
Healthy Living Harlem's Eco Justice Green Map

Holiday season wishes to all our Global Giving donors!

At a recent Board meeting, we discussed the ways our network is mapping the pulse of what matters, and recalled a wonderful video created by the Earth Institute at Columbia University that attests to the value of this work. It's just 8 minutes long, and ties together so many issues that are in the headlines today, including social justice, community health, faith and #AllLivesMatter. It's linked below. 

Whether made in the heart of the city or in the countryside, Green Maps engage residents in urgently needed action. Together with 915 diverse locally-led projects, we're mapping changing communities to help them change for the better. 

Your support is catalytic - it yields tools, icons and technologies that result in more mapmaking that leads to more and more sustainable living sites that belong on the Green Map. 

Your support helps us look ahead, too and together with our board, are planning 2015 as a powerful year of re-invention. Thank you, once again, for helping us move toward this goal!

Protecting the rural environment of Aone Japan
Protecting the rural environment of Aone Japan
Traditional rice paddies are on the Green Map
Traditional rice paddies are on the Green Map

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Take Part in Peoples Climate March. Be Solutionary
Take Part in Peoples Climate March. Be Solutionary

With the Peoples Climate March taking place in New York City on Sunday, September 21st, we'll be taking part and invite you to join in as well! The website, PeoplesClimate.org, has both NYC and global activities so you can take part anywhere.

Climate change and social change have been continual themes in our work. Our maps have always addressed options that help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions on an everyday basis - for example 3% of all GHGs come from garbage  - byhighlighing recycling, composting and waste reduction, Green Maps help reduce that impact. Virtually everything we chart - getting around, dining, shopping, working and playing - makes a postive contribution. 

Below, find a slideshow about energy and climate mapping projects we have led since 2006.Our own "Powerful Green Map of NYC" was the first, now there are now several Green Map projects that address these issues. Your support helps us continually innovate, develop tools and encourage new mapmakers to take these critical issues into their scope of work. 

During Climate Week, Green Map System will be taking part in several events in NYC, too! The link below has details. 

Find us at the Union Square Greenmarket with Parsons the New School of Design students in a Climate Pop Up on Friday Sept 19, and pick up a current Green Map.

On the 20th, we are part of three events: LUNGS Harvest Festival, 11 am at Green Oasis Community Garden in the East Village; 3:30 at Brooklyn Permaculture Festival at the Old Stone House; and at 6:15, at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces for the History of Grassroots Activism. 

Come to our office for a workshop on Friday Sept 26, too. From 5 to 7:30pm, we'll be exchanging climate mapping concepts and demoing our new Mobile Site Collector, mixing a great group of local and global participants from South Africa, the Czech Republic, UK and NYC! This free event (with walking tour) is officially part of Climate Week NYC (calendars of events linked below). Guest speakers include Dr Robert Zuber of Global Action to Prevent War. 

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you then or another time during Climate Week, too - contact us to make a special appointment, and explore how Green Mapmaking can help your community envision climate impacts and the changes to come. 

Wherever you are, this season, make addressing climate health your priority! Thank you from everyone in the 65-country Green Map network. 

Join our 9/26 workshop, hands on demo & tour
Join our 9/26 workshop, hands on demo & tour

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High school students share ideas for new NYC maps
High school students share ideas for new NYC maps

Interns are vital to the energy and effectiveness of the Green Map movement!

Each year, eight to fifteen interns work with us at the New York office. They include students, emerging professionals and international fellows. Producing new maps and media as well as adaptable tools, interns bring us special insight into world regions and critical issues while they gain valuable skills in sustainability, communications and participatory design.

June 25 • 100% Match Today by YouthSpark!

With your help, we can do more to give back to these future leaders. Starting now, at noon on Weds June 25th, we are eligible for a 100% match for all donations on our Internship Microproject (linked below) in support of our green jobs program and Green Map internships.

Yes! Today only, your tax-deductible gift from $10 to $1,000 will double its impact!

Global Giving offers us opportunities to match donations 4 times a year. July 16 offers a 50% match. YouthSpark offers 100% with bonuses for 24 hours. Both have generous pools but please donate early while funds last. Help us take advantage of this match and watch our impacts grow.

Thank you!!

Both HS and college youth were 2010 summer interns
Both HS and college youth were 2010 summer interns
Interns helped inventory the Green Map Archive
Interns helped inventory the Green Map Archive

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Green Map Icons link the locally-made maps
Green Map Icons link the locally-made maps

Hello to our Global Giving donors!

Your support means so much to us and to our network around the world. The efforts of each community inspires the others to work harder, more creatively and more inclusively to draw attention to local resources for healthier, more resilient living.

Every community – large and small – benefits from knowing more about the environment that surrounds and supports us. Thank you for helping us work together to instill hope and activate participation through locally-created Green Maps.

Exciting news! Your Donation is Matched Tomorrow Morning!!

On Wednesday May 7, starting at 9AM EDT (UTC-5) your donation is matched! It’s worth 50% more to Green Map System - your $50 becomes $75, your $100 becomes $150.

Up to $1,000 is matched but the pool of funds will run out by noon, so please be sure to give as soon as possible! Please set your clock. 

This message is linked to our project profile. Your support will help us reach the 900 city milestone and beyond the 65 countries we already impact - imagine what this means, from Detroit and Baltimore to Guangzhou, Jakarta and Curitiba! 

Even if it has been sometime since you have contributed, your generosity means the world to us- we hope you can support this worlf-changing community engagement project

Thanks so very much from the entire Green Map network!

Green Map tools used in the field in South Korea
Green Map tools used in the field in South Korea
You help us continually improve our engaging tech
You help us continually improve our engaging tech

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Malmo hosted vegetarian lunch (on real dishes!)
Malmo hosted vegetarian lunch (on real dishes!)

Green Mapmakers are connected online with a listserv, LinkedIn group and via Facebook and Twitter, but it's amazing what happens when we meet in person. We could not have these synergetic moments without homestays, air miles and wonderful hosts. Your support helps us amplify the outcomes of these meetings and do more together to empower communities to address sustainability issues and opportunities. 

In April, 35 Green Mapmakers & prospective project leaders got together in Malmö Sweden. Hosted by our long-time partners at the City, their regional Nature Classroom network, Oresundklassrummet, and our Canadian partners at the Common Ground Network at University of Victoria, this international ‘collaboratory’ included a great cross-sector mix of participants.We started with a study tour of Malmo’s outstanding urban planning projects at the Western Harbor and Rosengard, followed by a full day of exchange and co-development of new strategies, applications and tools for community-engaged Green Mapmaking.

Exciting outcomes include three new Green Maps established within a week, a new video (still in production), the seeds of a new mapping platform, strengthened university-community partnerships, and more! 

While in the region, I also presented at the Living Knowledge Network conference in Copenhagen, which focuses on community engaged research. I met with Nature Classroom leaders, and help strategize on expansion of youth mapping at these centers in both Sweden and Denmark in the coming months.

Green Map System has roots in Copenhagen. It's where the local NYC Green Map project blossomed into a global movement during the United Nations Social Summit in 1995. It was exciting to return the area and contribute to its ever-greener future. 

In New York, we're preparing for several events, including a tour, museum discussions and workshop - you can find them on the newsletter linked below or on our GreenMapNYC home page. 

We hope you will pitch in here at Global Giving on May 7 - it's a Match Day and your contributions are 50% matched, starting at 9AM EDS. We'll stretch those dollars even further as we move toward the 900 project milestone. We can't do it without you! Thank you!

Leaders Linnea of Malmo, Maeve & Crystal of Canada
Leaders Linnea of Malmo, Maeve & Crystal of Canada
Advanced urban design in the Western Harbor
Advanced urban design in the Western Harbor

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