Green Maps for a more sustainable future!

by Green Map System
Great teamwork at Green Map this summer
Great teamwork at Green Map this summer

Hello to all our generous donors!

We've had a very good summer with new projects and new contacts made globally, thanks to your support. Perhaps you have noticed GlobalGiving’s special 100% match of new recurring donations in August – give 4 months in a row and Green Map receives twice as much – follow the link below for details, and thank you!

Summer projects highlights:

A newly released Social Media Guide for Green Mapmakers (and model NYC campaigns on popular platforms). Low cost, fun and effective! This guide has 3 goals – 1) help Mapmakers promote their maps, events and activities to new audiences, 2) provide an in-house template for their volunteers and interns, and 3) link their promotions to the global network's social media. We tested out our guide with a new campaign:

Impacts Month! We’ve been posting stories from our 2009 Impacts book on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook (link below), and gathering new stories to update the book from Baltimore, Cape Town, Curitiba, Geneva, Guangzhou, and Gyeonggi-do with more to come! We aim to release the freshly expanded book in 2013. 

Infrastructure Improvements! We have been making important upgrades to the award-winning Open Green Map, our interactive ‘social mapping’ platform, now used in 37 countries to create easily shared, readily updated maps that are open public suggestions, images and viewpoint maps. Once these upgrades ‘go live’ in September, we’ll fill you in on what’s been accomplished and the next phase of this ever-growing platform. Your support makes a crucial difference here!

We have also had fun (serious fun) providing “Adapting to Change” cycling tours and maps highlighting Hurricane Sandy’s impacts and community resilience solutions on NYC’s Lower East Side (see the Facebook page linked below, with both interactive and printed maps – Spanish edition to come!). Open to everyone, our next tour will be September 27. It’s an official NYC Climate Week event and part of 10 Days of Climate Action. 

We had a terrific Board Reunion this summer and its 'knock-on effects' keep growing. It was a great season for meaningful, inspiring meetings, and for fabulous interns who did so much to advance our work, locally and globally! Visit our blog at any time for more news.

Share our work on your social media (our Twitter handle is #GreenMap) or send our introductory slideshow (below) to generate interest in starting a new Green Map project! 

Impacts Month & GlobalGiving's Match continues through August. We'd like to thank you, and wish you the best as the seasons change. 


Explore on mobiles!
Explore on mobiles!

Hello GlobalGiving Donors!

Wednesday is a special Match day – starting at 9AM EST, your donation will help us accomplish 50% more!

Today, we have good news to share – there’s a brand new way to explore Green Maps!

Got a mobile phone or tablet? Check out on your browser. Experience this new interactive map on your desktop at too! 

As you explore and zoom in, more sites from the Open Green Map will come into view. Finally, you can explore green sites in relationship to each other while you’re on the go. 

Created with the help of a Google-sponsored 24HoursofGood hack day, Green Map’s mobile website is ‘responsive’ - it automatically changes shape to fit your device. 

37 countries now use the Open Green Map platform, so our new mobile website is exciting to hundreds of communities worldwide who are announcing it to their audiences now too! Zoom around or tap the top square and type in a different location. If your city’s sites are not on the map, consider leading a new Green Map project. 

Next, we are planning to build new iPhone and Android apps with more features, including site collection and the interactive mobile map, but we need your help!  Please donate and share this link - - with your friends, social media, etc.

On June 12, your donation will be matched! Give this Wednesday at 9AM EST - GlobalGiving’s pool of matching funds will only last a couple hours, so set your clock, please. 50% more! Give $20, we’ll receive $30! Give $100, we’ll receive $150, 50% more up to $1000!

Give this project a running start! Our Open Green Map platform and new ways to explore it - including this mobile website and apps – are continually being improved to support progress toward a sustainable future. 

Thank you! Together we can Connect, Inform, Inspire! 

Zoom in and around to see more green sites
Zoom in and around to see more green sites
Select a Location, Map or List
Select a Location, Map or List

Links: has embedded a Green Map has embedded a Green Map

This is a very exciting season for Green Map System – not only have we begun updating the sustainability mapping platform that you so have generously supported, we have created new ways to explore the hundreds of Open Green Maps that have already been created!

Thanks to you, we have a very successful proof of concept - Open Green Maps are now being made in 38 countries. Today, nearly 350 interactive maps are in public view containing over 30,000 sites. You can see the total number change on the home page each day, and also see which three maps are most recently updated. All of these Green Maps welcome your contributions of new sites, as well as images, videos and comments. Thousands of impacts are visible as more and more people discover hopeful green living sites in their local environment. 

Open Green Maps on Facebook
New: encounter an Open Green Map embedded in a Facebook page! Social media integration is underway - we’ll in link an example from Johannesburg South Africa below. 

There are now hundreds of embedded Open Green Maps! At, we have created five different views of the Energy Map of NYC, highlighting boroughs and basemaps (and Sandy's flood line) in our “Embed this Map’ campaign. Every Green Mapmaker can offer their Open Green Map centered and zoomed in different ways!

We are especially proud of the way Open Green Map has made it possible to share local perspectives on changing environments at virtually no cost. At a time when awareness of climate change is soaring and new local options for lower impact living are becoming more abundant, Green Maps are indispensible.

This summer, we will be working hard on fundamental improvements to this award-winning mapping platform. Some improvements incorporate newly available technologies, others address new needs of the maps’ makers and users. It’s been exciting to conduct the first Mapmaker surveys, confer with experts, plan with our board and staff, and bring in new team members and volunteers. 

With your help, it’s going to be a high impact season. You will hear more of our plans just in time to have your donation matched by Global Giving on June 12th. We invite you to click the 3rd link below, and join our mailing list, too!

Thank you for pitching in – hundreds of communities are benefiting as a result!

Click the tab next to Photos to interact with map
Click the tab next to Photos to interact with map
Sharing Open Green Maps is easy!
Sharing Open Green Maps is easy!


Selected Updates since our Bellagio
Selected Updates since our Bellagio 'summit'

An important part of our work involves meeting potential partners and helping people get ‘up to speed’ with our tools. In 2013, visitors from A to Z have been in our New York office – quite literally including five Albanian mayors on a US study tour and a group of Zambian tourism officials who will be hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference this fall. 

 Both these groups came to us through the US State Department’s International Visitor Program, which recently gave us a Certificate of Appreciation for sharing our time with these and other guests. We are fortunate to have a recent case study from Albania (linked below) to round out our presentation, and to have experienced mapmakers in the region to follow up with the Africans. In between, Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur visited our office to invite our director to the first Green and Accessible Pilgrimage conference in April (see

Regional and local Green Mapmakers are welcome visitors, too. 

• Coming from Central Pennsylvania, Beatriz Casteneda is preparing the Hershey Green Map launch for the community’s international celebration in March, and will set her Open Green Map against a backdrop of global Green Maps. 

• Montclair New Jersey team member Peg Seip came to discuss recovery mapping and how we can co-develop a participatory planning process that is relevant to low income coastal communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We linked a short video about using Green Maps in crisis situations below). 

• Our neighboring East River Park was also hard hit, and we have begun planning a bicycling tour series and mapping project with community groups that draws upon our post-Sandy ‘reality tour.’ 

 This represents just a few of the interactions we have since the year began. Our office has been busy with our Less = More NYC Green Map project which includes a great printed map to some of the most iconic reuse and waste reduction sites across the city. We’ve just added some updates to our Bellagio Reflections report (linked below) and we’re moving closer to launching our Icon Lab. 

Celebrate with us on Wednesday March 27

Join us in celebrating the Green Map Archive in its new home from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the New York Public Library’s Map Room, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. There will be a tour of the map collection and a chance to see some of the unusual and unique published Green Maps in this collection of nearly 800 maps, education and outreach materials created by Green Mapmakers worldwide. We’ll also be launching our new NYC website and officially thanking the designers at OTTO NY and who made possible. All are welcome to this free event, rescheduled due to Sandy’s aftermath.  

We wish you all the best this season and thank you for your ongoing support of the Green Map network!

Jerusalem's Deputy Mayor Tsur (center) visits us
Supporting 'STEM' and eco-education in Albania


Sandy's highwater mark is on our interactive map

Many have asked how we fared in the midst of Hurricane Sandy. We have been quite lucky. The floodwaters stopped just 1.5 blocks from our office in lower Manhattan's East Village, sparing this lovely old building from damage. Nevertheless, both the office and my apartment lost power for the entire workweek. Using our bicycles, we found places to work outside the dark zone, and helped pitch in on the relief efforts.

We decided to add the high water mark to our interactive map of NYC's energy resources to help people make the connection between energy conservation, renewables and climate change. This is a theme we have included in our hometown Green Maps for many years. You can even download the PDF of our 2006 edition (to the right of the online map under Info), which outlines infrastructure impacts and other aftermath realities. We designed the interactive edition so you can embed it in your own website or blog, sharing knowledge and awareness - use the link that's below in this report.

It's stunning to see how and where the water rose and as you probably know, Sandy has become a broad call to action for a more resilient approach to planning for climate change. We're surveying Green Mapmakers now and hope to share updated mapping resources shortly. In the coming weeks, we're using FEMA's data to add more regional impacts to the map, too, and expect to share these with other maps on the Open Green Map platform. 

While we had several Sandy-related postponements, including our planned Green Map Archive Launch event (new date TBA), we are happy to invite you to two events in December:

On Sunday December 2nd, join the Adapting to Change Cycling Tour. Riders will explore resilient solutions that reduce energy consumption and increase climate awareness. Noted speakers will be joining us on this free ride (click our Facebook link below to RSVP).  This ride builds on our ’10 Days of Climate Action’ prize-winning Green Culture Cycling Tour, and its resulting map.

On Wednesday December 19, come for a bit of holiday cheer from 6 to 9 pm at Green Map's office, 220A East 4th Street, in the East Village between Aves A & B. All are welcome, no need to RSVP.

We're taking part in #GivingTuesday on Nov 27 and of course, we invite you to support our work at this time. You can be sure we're working hard to support the social change needed to address climate change in hundreds of communities at once! with sites toggled off with sites toggled off
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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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