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Connecting with Chinese Mapmakers

Angran, Eugenie and Aaron

With over 40 active Chinese Green Map projects in #Taiwan and #China, we are excited to create new bilingual resources and information to support these locally-led sustainability mapping projects.

My name is Eugenie. I’m from Taiwan and have been in the states for 18 years. I came to Green Map with a music education background and my interest in sustainability. I am currently collaborating with Angran Li, a graduate design student from Beijing (on the left), and Aaron Reiss, who studied Chinese and taught English in China, to help increase the impact Green Map System has on Chinese-speaking communities. read more »

Engaging with Green Map Icons

With the Druid Hill Park Passport and mapping workshops, we are taking the Green Map icons off the map and onto new places: as stickers to show that a mapped park has really been explored and on the foreheads of young folks assessing the green features of a local arboretum!

Learn more when you check out Baltimore Green Map's latest newsletter .

Iceland's Newest Green Map!

I was fortunate to visit Green Map Iceland on my way back from Trondheim in July, where I got to experience the midnight sun and the extraordinary energy of Anna Karlsdottir, Gunna Tryggvadottir, Einar Bergmundur and their team. #GreenMap #Iceland is terrific! In this photo: Anna, intern extraordinaire Chiara Ferrari Melillo, me and Gunna.

For me, it was very exciting to see their new Green Map in progress. Covering all of Iceland, its depth of information and design will entice everyone to explore and protect this remarkable environment. Here is a quick view of the final product which will make its debut in mid-September Check Nature.is for details of the exhibition event and where to pick up copies of this gorgeous new edition graced by lovely design and well-researched sites.

I was treated to a family dinner and swim in one of Iceland’s famous thermal pools before visiting the Green Map office. See the printed Green Maps as well as their own interactive edition, mobile apps and great website, info cards, t-shirts and other informative and joyfully designed resources was truly inspiring! I’ll add a short video here featuring Gunna - more of this interview is here.



The sun stayed up late, and we did too. The next morning, Anna, Gunna and I traveled around the south west of the island – a remarkable landscape like no other on earth. Both are experts in in fields including Arctic tourism, geothermal energy and native geology and plants as well as general knowledge of Iceland’s environment so it was an especially wonderful but all too quick tour. Here is a short filmed by Gunna:

In closing I encourage you to visit Nature.is – there’s abundant information and maps in both Icelandic and English to learn from.

Special thanks to everyone involved from Wendy Brawer, Green Map Director

Green Pilgrimage Network in Trondheim

The City of Trondheim welcomes Green Pilgrimage Network

The Green Pilgrimage Network (twitter #GreenPilgrims) offers a new way to address key environmental and social justice issues that many cities hold in common, and at the same time, engage people on route to holy sites and instill a new reverence for nature and sustainable living.

A project of the UK-based Alliance for Religion and Conservation, the Green Pilgrimage Network hosted a dynamic meeting with directors of approximately 35 pilgrimage sites and their local government’s environment officials in July. With pilgrimage being one of the top reasons to travel in the world, the impacts are considerable on issues ranging from waste and wastewater to health and security. At this conference, frank discussions and exchanges helped move the entire group forward toward sustainability and social justice goals. read more »

Upgrading Open Green Map!

Summer 2013 - Hanne Paine, Thomas Turnbull, Walter Perry, Eric Goldhagen and many more take part in upgrading Open Green Map!

It's been an exciting summer with Hanne Paine, Walter Perry, Thomas Turnbull, and Eric Goldhagen upgrading the Open Green Map platform. All of us have been pitching in with Hanne leading the upgrading process. You can see from the images that everyone, from board members to Rowan University GeoLab to interns, tech advisors and friends pitched in!

Much of the actual work took place behind the scenes. Our platform's base map was upgraded to Google API 3, and paving the way toward diversifying the base map, each site's info window has been consolidated into a single page. Improved forms for making the maps and adding sites, routes and areas rounded out the summer tasks.

In the images:
Center: Upgrade goes live!: Hanne Paine,Thomas Turnbull and John Daniels
1. Walter Perry, Aaron Reiss, Emily Saltz, Wendy Brawer and Hanne Paine
2. Board Reunion: Dorothy Dunn, Jaimie Cloud, Sara Tucker, Thomas Turnbull, Taylor Baybutt, Emily Saltz, Hanne Paine, Marissa Feinberg, Katherine Tiddens and Bob Zuber
3. Rowan GeoLab: John Reiser, Hanne Paine and Katrina Shand
4. Saturday Session: Hanne Paine, John Daniels, Thomas Turnbull and Liz Barry
5. Walter Perry, Hanne Paine and Eric Goldhagen
6. Mobile Lunch: Aaron Reiss, Hanne Paine, Taylor Baybutt, Willow Rook, Emily Saltz and Alexander Butterwick
(most photos by Wendy Brawer)

August = Impacts Month

Green Map Impacts book is being expanded!

Green Mapmakers have made incredible impacts on their surrounding communities. Twenty-two of these impacts are highlighted in the 2009 Green Map Impacts Book (download free here). 30 pages of illustrated, locally written stories are a worthwhile read! We interns discovered the book during ‘Social Media Summer’ and we decided, along with our soon to be released Mapmaker’s Social Media Guide, to create a campaign that features daily postings of summarized stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Dubbed Impacts Month: our August social media campaign is designed to create awareness about the real changes Green Maps have generated!

Good Timingread more »

Green Map Icon Postcards!

Green Map Icon Postcard

Green Map is happy to announce our new Green Map Icon postcard - an easy-to-use reference guide for our unique set of 170 Nature, Sustainable Living and Culture & Society Icons.

Our iconography is among our most distinctive and vital resources and this recycled paper postcard is a great, resource-efficient introduction!

To get a PDF version of the postcard to display or print locally, choose 1 page or 2 pages.

Want some paper copies for yourself or your organization? If you can cover shipping, we will send you a stack for free! Here are the prices for shipping:

A standard envelope will fit 20 postcards, and weighs 4.8 ounces. To estimate your shipping price, go to postcalc.usps.com and calculate shipping from our zipcode (10002) to yours anywhere in the US. Or choose your country at the top.

For more then 20 postcards, use these weights to help calculate your shipping costs:read more »

Pintrest!

Pintresting Green Map

Green Map System is happy to announce its new Pinterest profile! Created on a hot summer day, we're featuring Green Map’s online resources to help you easily navigate our website as well as pictures from global Green Maps and our newest NYC maps, and more!

Explore, follow and re-pin us!

Take a minute to look around the Resources Board for easy access to some of Green Map's awesome global online resources and our Global Green Maps Board to explore beautiful outcomes from around the world! read more »

A New Man

I'm a new man.Time make me live.I admit that I'm not good at anything and look forward to learning more.

Summer at Green Map!

Summer at Green Map 2013

As summer rolls in, Green Map System is happy to welcome some fresh faces to the office:

Emily Saltz is joining us from Brown University, where she majors in Environmental Studies and Economics. This summer at Green Map, she is creating a Local Food module that will help teachers, students and youth groups explore our changing food landscape. She is also working on updating our Green Map Impacts book with new locally-written stories that highlight outcomes from using the Open Green Map platform. She will be blogging for Green Map and keeping us all updated on what is going on here and in the world of mapping, so keep an eye out!read more »

What's Cooking at Green Map?

Current Eating

Happy Fourth Birthday to Open Green Map System and Happy World Environment Day to all! This World Environment Day is particularly important to me because the theme is Think Eat Save: the middle of which is a personal hobby of mine.

My name’s Emily Saltz, and I am the newest intern at Green Map. I am a rising senior at Brown University and while my official degrees-in-progress are in Environmental Studies and Economics, my passion is food. I've also worked at Real Time Farms where I took the photo on the right.read more »

New Green Map Guide in Chinese!

4Bs Hive Guide to Green Mapping in Chinese

We are happy to announce that an important Guide to Making Green Maps has been translated into simplified Chinese!

Created in Europe by the 4BsHive, this colorful guide highlights 4 different ways to create Green Maps. With the help of wonderful mapmakers at the China Mangrove Conservation Network and our staff members Hui Zhou and Aaron Reiss, this fantastic resource is now available to our growing community of local Green Mapmakers in China, and to the public.

Download in Chinese as a compressed 2MB PDF or as a full scale, zipped 19MB PDF here. read more »

南沙坦头村资源调查总结报告

This is the Nansha Tan Village Resources Survey Summary Report

南沙坦头村资源调查总结报告
11红树林 罗燕莉(栗子)
周六的坦头村自然体验与资源调查,一开始因为担心天气状况等原因,没有提前做好充分的准备;跟小孩沟通不足,最后也只带去了3个12级的红人。幸好当天没有下雨,为按照原计划开展活动提供了方便。而因为小孩人数比较少,不便进行太多的自然讲解,我们把这次的重点放在了调研上。
上一次去坦头村还是一年前,感觉会有点不同。我们更加关注一路上的风景,在慢慢行走的过程中关心自己的所见所闻,在比较安静的状态下,观察和思考这一趟看到和听到的一些东西。不知道这一趟是否有开阔孩子们的视野,但对于我来说是增长了一些见识。read more »

Fresh French News!

Olivier Hoessly at Green Map

Faire défiler le texte vers le bas pour accéder à la traduction Française

Hi!

I am Olivier Hoessly, I just graduated from American University in Washington DC and I am helping Green Map System as an intern, for few months! I have studied in the United States for about two years but I grew up in the south of France between Nice and Monaco.

Today I come to you with exciting news! In my attempt to reach out to France I have been focusing a lot on social media in order to attract potential new Mapmakers. And the good news is that the French Press Release I prepared is published today on a French environmental blog and we want you to check it out!read more »

Passport to Adventure via the Druid Hill Park Green Map

Passport's Inside Front Cover

In 2010 we made a very popular Green Map for a major park in Baltimore, the Druid Hill Park Green Map. So many people admired it, but never went to the park that I was determined to make an activity-oriented passport to encourage full exploration of the park's resources. Last summer I used the Kickstarter crowd-sourced funding platform to raise the major chunk of money needed. And just 2 weeks ago, on April 19, we launched the Passport at a party that also kicked off Baltimore's 10th Annual Green Week.

The major themes of Nature, History, Exercise and Culture delineate activities in four distinct regions of the park. The icons and location on the map are referenced on each page , and colorful icon sticker "stamps" match each activity. We also emphasized volunteer opportunities and are using the stickers as a way to draw people inside the Conservatory, now celebrating its 125th anniversary. Another way we will know it is successful is if we attract more people to join the park's "Friends of..." advocacy organization.read more »

Responsible Tourism Exchanges

Green Map System is taking part in two important events that aim to increase the positive value of travel.

The First International Jerusalem Symposium on Green and Accessible Pilgrimage brings 600 delegates from all religions and cities that host pilgrimages together on April 21-24, 2013. Hosted by the Green Pilgrimage Network Ambassador, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur, who stated, “The idea is at once both grand and simple, since while there is nothing new in pilgrimage, the idea of a global pilgrim partnership is an entirely new concept, which sets goals for urban sustainability and economic growth on the one hand, and for interfaith dialogue on the other.” read more »

Pierre Green Map in Local News

Residents and visitors to the city of Pierre, South Dakota now have a way to find "green." The online Pierre Green Map shows the local resources and assets that help make Pierre a green and sustainable community.

The map shows sites related to sustainable living, nature, and culture and community. Mapmaker Anne Lewis says the purpose of the map is to promote what sustainability assets and resources Pierre has. "We want to build upon what we already have," says Anne Lewis. "We want to support people who already offer sustainable resources as well as involve people who would like to start by literally showing them where."read more »

15 years! Mapa Verde Cuba

Mapa Verde Cuba 15th anniversary book!

(En español abajo)

In 1998 Green Map presented at a Cuban conference and the Mapa Verde Cuba network began an amazing journey. National television has just helped to mark the 15th anniversary with this short video showing the spread of the network!

We invite you to view Gotica y Gotica, the award-winning video created by Mapa Verde Cuba to share their methods and outcomes (part 1, 2, 3, total 25 minutes). Mapa Verde Cuba also took part in our Bellagio Summit, and in CUExpo 2008 in Victoria BC.read more »

Cape Town prints 4th Edition Cape Town Green Map

Cape Town Green Map 4th Edition

2012 was a busy year for the Cape Town Green Map. Through it all we managed to produce our 4th Edition Print Map, with the support of the City of Cape Town's Waste Management Department.

See our Media release below,

The 4th print edition of the Cape Town Green Map is now available, with a focus on green by design in line with Cape Town being awarded the World Design Capital in 2014.

Waste and recycling is another key focus. The front cover of the map features three children disposing of litter in a Zibi Bin. The fourth edition highlights some of the City’s initiatives aimed at waste minimization, encouraging citizens to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The map features tips from Zibi, the city’s mascot for waste and recycling. read more »

New Chinese Green Maps - 新生中国绿地图

Thanks to Hui Zhou, for this Chinese and English (below) update on two exciting mapping initiatives.

随着可持续发展理念在中国的不断深入,绿地图作为一种通过推广环境,生态,人文等多方面可持续发展的绘图工具也在被越来越多的中国民间环保组织认识,开发,并融入到自己的环保项目中。这一期博客着重讲述了三个中国环保组织与绿地图的故事。

上海绿洲生态保护交流中心于2012年夏天开始了它们的绿地图之旅。目前,该组织已经完成了科技馆湿地绿地图、西沙公园绿地图、滨江森林公园绿地图,

还有岑卜绿地图,而最特别的陆家嘴金融城慢生活绿地图还在制作中。直接参与到绿地图绘制的志愿者已经超过了300人,这些人有的是孩子、有的是企业员工,还有一部分是学生、社会志愿者。中心将创意融入到绿地图绘制中,将环保概念用更加生动形象的方式呈现在公众面前。比如说,起始于今年6月的西沙湿地绿地图巧妙地将螃蟹与绿地图结合,绘制出了《蟹泪洒湿地》的绿地图。中心现在正在期待陆家嘴慢生活绿地图的新鲜出炉,此地图意在呈现常人眼中金融中心快节奏生活的另一面,让大家从另一个角度了解上海。想了解更多关于上海绿洲的信息,请访问:oasiseco.org

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Hurricane Sandy & Green Map's Home

How did Hurricane Sandy affect us at Green Map System?

The floodwaters stopped just a few blocks from our office on October 29, 2012. Nevertheless, both the office and my apartment lost power for the entire workweek. With my trusty bicycle, I found places to work outside the dark zone, and found ways to pitch in on the relief efforts, including cycling supplies out to a hardhit area and considering how our resources could involve more people in this critical issue.

It was stunning to see how and where the water rose, so when our electricity was restored, we decided to add the high water mark to our map of energy resources. View it at OpenGreenMap.org/nycenergy (you can even embed this interactive map in your own website or blog).

As you probably know, Sandy has become a broad call to action for a more resilient approach to planning for climate change. We developed a dynamic slideshow on the evolution of our own local climate-themed Green Maps, including the Creative Climate Action Award we won in fall 2013, and some of related editions by global Green Mapmakers.

As noted in our Post-Sandy newsletter, on Dec 2, 2012, we held our first "Adapting to Change" Cycling Tour. Riders explored resilient solutions that reduce energy consumption and increase climate awareness - see some of the speakers below. This ride built upon our prize-winning ’10 Days of Climate Action’ Tour which included several sites from our interactive Energy edition. You can download the original 2006 version of this map under Info on the right sidebar, too.

Our tour drew diverse participants as well as press coverage in Bowery Boogie and a Play and Ideas post by Benjamin Heim Shepard.

We've continued the conversation with different participants as we have found this builds momentum for action and synergizes our ability to foment social change:read more »

NYC Compost Map in New Atlas

Compost Green Map of Manhattan as laid out for Food:An Atlas

"Food: An Atlas" a crowd-sourced, crowd-funded cartography project led by UC Berkeley professor Darin Jensen is looking to bring the Compost Green Map of Manhattan to a new, global audience!

"Food: An Atlas" is a collection of food related maps. It will feature Green Map System's Compost Map alongside maps about America's beershed and the global almond trade, as noted in this Atlantic article. Green Maps's newest project associate, Aaron Reiss, was excited to help adapt the map's layout for publication in this book - as a food and map enthusiast himself, Aaron spent much of his time at Yale mapping hidden food gems in New Haven.read more »

On the Road to Open!

At Green Map System, join us as we are starting down a new road....

Since 1995, Green Map has been a participatory initiative. We have co-created icons, engagement tools and mapmaking infrastructure utilized by hundreds of mapmakers in 65 countries. Open Green Map, our interactive platform, provides an intuitive resource with every site open to public commentary. Now, we are taking the next step toward open collaborative development. Please take the journey with us, and support us as we open our data, share APIs, our programmatic expertise and much more to support a sustainable future. read more »

Green Map Archive Celebration March 27!

Green Map Archive delivered to NYPL on 10/2/12

On October 2, 2012, we moved 6 very full, well organized boxes containing hundreds of Green Maps and related materials contributed by Green Mapmakers from around the world to the New York Public Library's wonderful Map Room. There, each of the resources will be properly archived and available to the public, researchers, journalists, and other interested professionals as reference materials in perpetuity. We are delighted to have this collection delivered. We planned the launch, but then, Hurricane Sandy intervened. Impacts on the regional transit system lingered on, impacting staff at the NYPL, therefore our:read more »

Know it, Map it, Share it! eThekwini Municipality launches its Green Map

eThekwini Green Map launch - Ward 12 youth receive certificates for their participation in 'mapping sustainability'.
Set on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, eThekwini Municipality recently launched the eThekwini Green Map at the 2012 Sustainable Living Exhibition. Providing an opportunity for locals and tourists to look at eThekwini through a sustainability lens, the Green Map offers a new perspective of the municipal area and visually communicates a ‘sustainability portrait’ of the communities within eThekwini.
Led by Imagine Durban, a council-led community based project on integrated, long-term planning and sustainable development, the eThekwini Green Map “will involve all citizens in building and enjoying a more sustainable city” says Bongumusa Zondo, Senior Manager of Imagine Durban. read more »

Riding on care free day in Zheng Ru

We are going to have a riding activity on 22th September--the car free day.On this day ,we will ride bike around Zheng Ru and share our green maps of Zheng Ru to all the residence along the route.Here is our post of the riding .

Drawing green map of Zheng Ru

After visiting and much preparation,we finally started to draw our green map. On 18th August,we got together in the community center and disscussed in groups on how to draw the map.We were divied into three groups and each group was resposible for a map.One map was about the cultural sites in Zheng Ru,another is about the natural sites and the third one is about the diposal procedure of garbage.At the end of the day,each group did a great work on the map.Have a look at our map now!

Visiting all over Zheng Ru town

On 21th and 28th July,our volunteers visited each site all over Zheng Ru.We walked into each commnunity and talked with the residence.Although the weather is really hot,we strived to visit every corner of the ancient towm.In this visit,we all learnt more about it and we toot a lot of beautiful pictures.

A training about green map

On 14th july,a trainer from Being Jing gave us a training about what is green map and how to make a greenmap.Voluntees disscussed together about the meanings of icons in green map warmly.After that we made a practice on the knowlege learned on the training. We visit a small area and drawn a green map of it!

Open Knowledge Fest & Helsinki!

Open Knowledge Festival

Green Map System’s director, Wendy Brawer, will soon be in Helsinki Finland, working next week with the wonderful leaders behind Helsinki Green Map at the Open Knowledge Festival. Helsinki's outstanding array of interactive maps and their website GreenMap.fi.

Here are the Open Knowledge Festival Sustainability Stream Outcomes

Here is a Good Map Summit Report with photos and more photos of the day (which was also Helsinki's Autonomy Day). read more »

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