Green Maps for a more sustainable future!

by Green Map System
Lara Penin & Carlos Martinez as Parsons presents
Lara Penin & Carlos Martinez as Parsons presents

At Green Map, we’re in the process of moving! Not just where we work, but also in some ways, how we work.  As always, it’s an exciting journey in support of positive change.

As spring weather finally arrives in this part of the world, we are starting the process of ‘going open’. It will take some time to fully explore options and set the course forward together with our beloved Board of Directors, Green Mapmakers worldwide, staff, student teams from social design programs at Parsons and SVA, and members of the open source community. We invite your participation in this process. We believe going open will make it easier to contribute leadership, energy and expertise to enhance our global movement, and extend the usefulness of our outcomes.

Why? Our world and climate are changing quickly. More people need to be involved immediately to meet the new challenges we face, and Green Maps can help them do that!  Going open will help us share and further develop our toolkit more sustainably, equitably and collaboratively.

Watch for more news about our journey to open as 2015, our 20th anniversary year, rolls out! We’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, we’re gearing up for a change in location: after eight great years our uber-nice office will be turned into a classroom over the summer, so we are soon to encamp at a new Lower Manhattan location. Once all the dust settles, we will tell you where we’ve landed – and yes, there will be a party to say “goodbye and hello again,” date to be announced.

Contact us any time, or join us at an event:

On April 11, join us at the New York Map Society where we are presenting 'Putting Vibrant Communities on the Green Map'. This takes place at the The New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St, starting at 2:30.  

On April 13-14, we're taking part in the Common Ground Community Mapping Institute and Celebration at the First Peoples House, University of Victoria, BC, Canada. All welcome (see link below)

We're also delighted to be included in Women in Cartography: Celebrating 400 Years of Unsung Contributions to the Mapping World at Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine. This exhibition, curated by Alice Hudson, moves to Boston next.

Our best wishes for a great April - check our twitter for more events, as the season rolls along. 

Last look at Winter out Green Map
Last look at Winter out Green Map's window
Fernwood BC produced the latest Green Map!
Fernwood BC produced the latest Green Map!


Healthy Living Harlem
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


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,, 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


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


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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Green Map System

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Wendy E. Brawer
Founding Director & Secretary
New York, NY United States
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