In 2011-2012, with support from the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation we were delighted to be able to work with a ground-breaking organization, Sustainable Jersey to create a series of programs and resources to support Green Teams throughout the state of New Jersey. So far, 359 of New Jersey’s cities, towns and townships are actively addressing sustainability in myriad ways, following a checklist of over 100 Actions towards certification in an exciting program that has been likened to a ‘LEED’ for communities. To date, 108 communities have been certified.
Green Map Exchange!
Green Teams contributed to an illustrated presentation highlighting Year One so their accomplishments could be shared with more people. We are delighted to share the compiled Exchange Presentation with you in 3 formats - each contains links to take you directly to the many Open Green Maps, websites, articles, photos and outreach resources they have created. Download a high resolution PFD (37 MB - best for projection); a low resolution PDF (4 MB, - best for emailing, desktop viewing); or the PowerPoint (40 MB PPT in zip file, can be edited).
Here's a video highlight from an engagement session in Jersey City, our thanks to all the partners involved!
Special thanks to the Dodge Foundation for granting support for Year Two of this wonderful program, including powerful improvements to our Open Green Map platform. With the help of Rowan University's GeoLab, we developed an 'interoperability bridge' that will allow layers, data exchange and more to benefit these communities and many more.
Green Map System's role is to strengthen community engagement -- a key to reaching Sustainable Jersey's bronze, silver or gold status -- by connecting participants with our award winning resources for youth, printed and interactive Green Mapmaking. Download a chart matching Sustainable Jersey's Actions to Green Map's iconography here. Find a blog by Donna Drewes of Sustainable Jersey and more articles here.
All New Jersey Green Teams can take part. Find project overviews and downloadable resources below, along with a Green Map of the Green Teams involved in the Sustainable Jersey initiative. Past events are below the photos, on the bottom of this page.
For environmental educators there is a Green Map workshop on Friday, January 25 at 1:30 at ANJEE - or follow them on Facebook.
Friday 1:30-3:15 Mapping Sustainability in the Real World
Maps have the power to shape our image of place. Green Map System is helping people chart their hometown’s ecologically significant places along with resources for sustainable, cultural-rich living. In this workshop, we’ll focus on activities to help students design effective community Green Maps so everyone can learn about the world through their eyes. Hand-drawn, printed, mural and interactive Green Maps produced by youth in our region and worldwide will provide inspiration for this workshop and hands-on design exploration.
Highly recommended at 9AM on Friday at ANJEE:
Energy Conservation Programs and Sustainability Curriculum…Perfect Together!
Winnie Fatton, Sustainable Jersey c/o the Sustainability Institute at TCNJ
Jaimie Cloud, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
Tony O'Donnell, The Sustainability Institute at The College of NJ, Sustainable Jersey
This session will provide resources for educational leaders to engage their teachers, students, and administrators to take meaningful conservation actions in their district, and to understand the importance of Education for Sustainability (EfS). It will demonstrate how school districts can save energy & money through state incentive programs, and focus on exciting and innovative ways to infuse energy conservation and EfS into your curricula.
Friday, February 1 Government Web Professionals of NJ meeting
Organized by Katya Wowk, Communications Director, Township of Montclair, New Jersey, 973-509-4908 - please let her know if you are going to join us.
Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Clairmont Ave, 2nd floor conference room. It starts at 10:30 with some meeting business, with presentation from around 10:45 to 11:45 - meeting adjourns by noon.
Interactive Green Maps by and for NJ Communities
Green Map System provides icons, engagement resources and mapping infrastructure to over 800 diverse communities in 65 countries. This sustainability mapping movement has begun spreading in New Jersey, thanks to a partnership with Sustainable Jersey and the Dodge Foundation. In this presentation, the non-profit's director, Wendy Brawer will share progress in Montclair, Jersey City and other towns; demonstrate the platform and its features, including exciting new NJ-specific resources being developed with the Rowan University GeoLab; and show examples by municipalities from Oakland to Jerusalem.
In the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, our discussions with Green Teams take on new urgency while we discuss the forthcoming 'technology bridge' and overlapping interests in food security and engaged mapmaking with all ages of community members. We're meeting with Green Teams, one on one and also hosting trainings in our office - let us know if you would like one!
Sustainable Jersey City's Meet Up In Jersey City, despite the many new issues brought about by Sandy, the Meet Ups continue - take part and stay informed on a monthly basis!
The first Sustainable Jersey Green Teams have been selected to receive strategic and capacity building support as they develop and implement Green Map projects that resonant with community members, guide residents to exciting local green living resources, and highlight actions leading to Sustainable Jersey certification. Participants are also learning how to share their maps to spark new appreciation for the environment and highlight opportunities for greener and healthier lifestyles.
Nine communities, including two collaborative, multi-community proposals, and two independent projects have been selected for specialized mapmaking assistance. Beyond this direct support, all Green Teams in New Jersey can take advantage of the five workshops and webinars that began in September – find more on this series below, and contact us for information at info (at) greenmap dot org.
Here are the communities involved (find them mapped below!):
With an interactive Green Map project already underway at GreenMap.org/jerseycity, there’s already been great progress in this diverse community. Through funding and tax programs, Jersey City is encouraging green building and green purchasing standards. The Adopt a Lot Law has created community gardens and green areas from vacant lots. Educating the community on urban agricultural practices has driven the construction of two hydroponics greenhouses. It’s the first New Jersey City to execute Buy Fresh Buy Local. Program will allow local restaurants, schools, food banks, and hospitals to buy local healthy food at wholesale prices.
Montclair is paving a path towards a green future. The program Eat Play Live...Better has helped communities work together to improve awareness and access to healthy food and enhance infrastructure related to healthful choices. Montclair's Mount Hebron Middle School recently completed their first edible garden. Community gardens are encouraged throughout town and safe routes for alternative transportation have been developed.
Central New Jersey: Includes the Townships of Hillsborough, Montgomery, Princeton and Lawrence.
These 4 Central Jersey towns have joined in movement towards a greener future with cycling and local food focused Green Maps. Green Mapmaking will be used in the district's education system for a new sustainability curriculum. Carpooling and bike lanes have been promoted and built. Princeton has begun holding Green Drink gatherings, a collection of community members that meet on a regular basis to share ideas about eco-conscious living. The West Windsor community has opened their first farmers market to sponsor local and organically produced food.
Camden County & South Jersey: Camden, Haddonfield, Galloway
Camden has New Jersey's new EcoVillage, and aims to encourage awareness among college campuses, high school students, and community members for green action. Camden County's 36 municipalities are working together to spread sustainable information, strategies, and skills. An inventory has begun to gather information on all greenhouse gases created from county commerce. Galloway and Haddonfield are encouraging the preservation of open green space as well as the promotion for alternative transportation options. With city and suburbs working together, a wide variety of social and eco issues are being addressed.
September 8, 2011 - Webinar on using the Open Green Map platform. Notes by Nancy Ashton offer step-by-step guidance. There are resources (including videos and charts) and a detailed FAQ to help you get started.
October 12, 2011 - The nine communities participated in a Progress Webinar - here are the responses to your questions. Each team shared what they have been working on and described next steps for their project and resources they need. We also shared Janet Felsten's slideshow - here is an 'amplified' version, complete with links to related Green Map resources.
Selected NJ Highlights
New Jersey has had Green Map projects for many years, beginning with the Meadowlands Green Map’s first publication in 1999. Initially printed on-demand and highlighting critical local assets, several update versions of the map have been created since then by the Meadowlands state agency. Currently, this Green Map comes with a folder full of information about this evolving parkland’s sustainability resources. In the works is a new edition with the theme ‘Meet Me in the Meadowlands.’
One of the newest Green Maps can be seen at GreenMap.org/JerseyCity, created by community member Richard Williams with input from several community groups and the City Planning office. The map was part of 2010’s Farms in the City event, which brought diverse stakeholders together and has resulted in several insightful policy changes that encourage local food production, farmers markets, composting and a more verdant, healthier and convivial community. Below, you can see Richard and our intern Joe collecting site information for the interactive Green Map at the City’s ‘Adopt A Lot’ kickoff event on May 7, 2011 (photo by Elizabeth Onorato of the WPA Education Alliance). We hope this is a great growing season for everyone involved! In 2011-2012, this project is evolving!
We’ll be involving these and other Green Mapmakers in our program with Sustainable Jersey and expect to develop a range of resources to support Green Teams’ needs from the outcomes.
The Dodge Foundation Blog notes that Green Map offers a way to bridge cultural gaps: “It’s also a promising tool for communities where language differences can limit collaborative work: Green Maps has extensive experience in multi-lingual gatherings and mapping exercises.”
We encourage you to explore this website and the Foundation’s inspiring examples and programs.
To support discussion and exchange, we have established an online space at lab.greenmap.org/snj-lab. Watch for interaction to begin this summer - send us a note if you want to take part - info (at) greenmap (dot) org.
With so much expertise and dedication amongst Green Teams, we look forward to working with you and sharing the outcomes of this work!
Following a June 2012 engagement workshop, Mapmakers from the Meadowlands, Montclair and Jersey City tour around green sites near Green Map's office, including El Jardin del Pariso's popular 'bird's nest for people'.
5 Towns take part in workshop on outreach and map formats, hosted by Sustainable Jersey City, February 2012
Sustainable Princeton workshop on St Pat's Day 2012
Sustainable Jersey City Strategy Session at Green Map System, January 2012
Montclair's Green Map Wednesday, June 6th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Please join a great team of partners and Green Map's Director and learn about Green Map Montclair at the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue, 2nd floor, Conference Room. Download the flyer here. Check out the Montclair Open Green Map in progress, too!
Princeton's Communiversity April 28 - Come to this huge regional event, which can draw up to 30,000 people - full details are here! The newly launched Princeton Green Connections Green Map will be on view. On June 9, the Environmental Fair for Schools will take place, too, more details to come.
Jersey City: Citizen Journalism Tools & Working With The Media To Green Your Neighborhood
Monday April 9, 7pm
Culinary Conference Center @ Hudson County Community College
161 Newkirk St., Building E, near Journal Square.
Co-Sponsored by Sustainable JC and Committee For A Green Hoboken! Join The Citizen's Campaign, Green Map System & The Hudson Reporter for a discussion about how to get results on your issues as an effective Citizen Journalist and how to use various media tools and channels. This workshop will use a lite case study approach and discuss Green Complete Streets, neighborhood plans that provide pedestrians, bikers and vehicles balanced access and integratr healthier Green Infrastructure (Rain Gardens & Smart Tree Pits) into our streetscapes. Please RSVP on Sustainable Jersey City's Meetup page.
Princeton: Green Mapping on St. Patrick's Day Workshop
Saturday, March 17, 1 - 3 pm. Sustainable Princeton, D&R Greenway and Friends of Princeton Open Space will be mapping green space areas and green networking places/organizations in town, as well as the bicycle routes and pedestrian routes that connect them, at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St. Central Jersey Green Teams and others (space permitting) are invited - RSVP to Andrea Malcolm at amalcolm [at] princeton-township.nj.us.
Lawrence: Home and Energy EXPO
Sustainable Lawrence invites you to come add to the Green Map as you visit 40 exhibits and explore 'charging into the future with electric cars ands mass transportation'. Saturday March 17th, 10-4 pm at Lawrence High School Commons, 2565 Princeton Pike Lawrenceville NJ 08648. More info at Sustainablelawrence.org and contact Tahirih Smith at tahirih[at]sustainablelawrence.org.
Jersey City: Promoting Your Green Map Project and Print Map Planning Workshop
Tuesday, Feb 21, 7 to 9pm
Green Map System's workshop offers an introduction to outreach for community engaged mapmaking, media and press releases, and events. We’ll also consider how Green Teams can start planning for and creating locally-designed print maps that engage diverse audiences. Thank you to Sustainable Jersey City for sponsoring. RSVP to: info [at] greenmap.org.
Location: Culinary Conference Center @ Hudson County Community College
161 Newkirk St., Building E, near Journal Square, Jersey City
Woodbridge: Basics of Using Open Green Map
Learn how the platform works, with Greenable Woodbridge and Green Map System
Weds, February 22 – 1 to 3 pm
Woodbridge Township Redevelopment Agency
2nd floor, IS Room, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge
Seats are limited, first come, first served – rsvp to Kelly at kelly.reidy [at] twp.woodbridge.nj.us
Princeton Environmental Film Festival/Sustainable Princeton "Great Ideas Breakfast"
Friday, Feb. 10, 8:30 - 10:00 am includes an introduction to the "Princeton Green Connections" Green Map at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St. RSVP to Andrea Malcolm at amalcolm [at] princeton-township.nj.us.
Lawrence: Green Map Workshop
Weds, January 25th 7 to 9 PM
Join Sustainable Lawrence, Princeton, Montgomery and Hillsborough at this hands-on workshop.
Location: MCL Lawrence Library, Room 3, 2751 US Highway 1, Lawrence Township. RSVP to Tahirih Smith - tahirih [at} sustainablelawrence.org (609) 731 1818 or Andy Link - alink[ at] lawrencetwp.com (609) 844 7087
Hillsborough: Mapping Town Treasures
Sat, January 28th 1 to 3:30 PM
Join the Hillsborough Public Library in collaboration with BoroGreen to map green initiatives. Register here, and see a related article that’s collecting site suggestion in the comment box!
Culinary Conference Center @ Hudson County Community College
161 Newkirk St., Building E, near Journal Square.
As detailed in this brochure, Sustainable Jersey City’s Community Sustainability Curriculum series is presenting a series and sponsoring the Promotion & Planning Print Maps Workshop, as well. Find more projects online at sustainableJC.org
An Introduction to Green Map: A Web-based Mapping Tool for Sustainability
Sat, January 28th, 10am to 3pm
Seats are on a first come first served basis. Please register!