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Green Map co-hosts local series in August

Sara D Sustainability Series

Our organization's home community is always changing. At Green Map System, we want everyone to feel they are an important part of the transition toward a more sustainable and healthy NYC.

This August, we are teaming up with long-time partners at Time's Up! to present a sustainability workshop series in a wonderful community garden called M’Finda Kalunga.

Each Friday evening, please join us for the free Sara D Sustainability Series from 6:30-8:30pm. The series includes:

• 8/10 - Bike Repair & Safety with Time's Up! read more »

Workshop Photos and Other Materials

Youth Mapmakers in Tirana Albania

Explore these links to experience more of the Tirana Albania workshops in Summer 2012. The American Association of Geographers article on the bottom is especially recommended. Green Map System congratulates project leader Juna Papajorgji and everyone who participated in this important mapping initiative!

Making the Green Maps

Workshop Photos

Letter to the Mayor of Tirana in Albanianread more »

First Green Map for Tirana, Albania - Developed in ArcGIS Explorer

Green Map developed in ArcGIS Explorer

Students of the school "Deshmoret e Lirise" prepared the first Green Map for Tirana, the capital of Albania. They created a Green Map showing the present locations of green resources, and a Future Green Map capturing their proposal for new green resources. They composed the maps using paper and crayons, and afterwards used ArcGIS Explorer to transfer those maps into a Geographic Information System. At the end, they wrote a letter to the Mayor of Tirana, asking for their work to be published on the web site of the Municipality of Tirana.

Read their letter to the Mayor in English and in Albanian.read more »

First Green Map for Tirana, Albania - Hand Made

Green Map developed by hand

Students of the school "Deshmoret e Lirise" prepared the first Green Map for Tirana, the capital of Albania. They created a Green Map showing the present locations of green resources, and a Future Green Map capturing their proposal for new green resources. They composed the maps using paper and crayons, and afterwards used ArcGIS Explorer to transfer those maps into a Geographic Information System. At the end, they wrote a letter to the Mayor of Tirana, asking for their work to be published on the web site of the Municipality of Tirana.

Read their letter to the Mayor in English and in Albanian.read more »

One City’s Award-winning Approach

In Cape Town South Africa, a remarkable Green Map project is underway. Led by the City’s Sustainable Resource Specialist, Arne Purves, and his design partner, Philip Todres of A & C Maps, this three year old project is soon to publish the fourth edition of the Cape Town Green Map. Wanting to share more about their successful approach with other municipalities, we interviewed them in June, 2012.

Green Map: Why are you making both printed and interactive Green Maps?

Cape Town: To reach different and wider audiences.

The print map is aimed at reaching locals but also visitors to Cape Town and surrounds, highlighting its unique location and biodiversity, while also promoting responsible tourism. The distribution to locals is directed through libraries, nature reserves, schools and events. Availability at Visitor Information Centres, which includes Cape Town International Airport, targets the tourists. read more »

Rio+20 negotiations

In Rio de Janeiro governments are meeting to discuss future sustainable development (http://www.uncsd2012.org). Unfortunately governments fail to make a progress, therefor civil society organizations active in the Rio+20 negotiations has launched "THE FUTURE WE DONT WANT" e-petition campaign and we count on you to sign and share it with all your constituencies.

THIS IS A RESPONSE TO THE NEW NEGOTIATING TEXT PRESENTED TODAY BY THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT AND TOMORROW WE WILL BRING THIS UNDER THE ATTENTION OF EUROPEAN COMMISSION DELEGATES AND THE PRESS. THE TEXT MAKES NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, PRINCIPLE 10 OR A HIGH-LEVEL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE FUTURE. WHILE EFFICIENCY IS QUOTED 14 TIMES AND ECONOMIC GROWTH 20 TIMES, THERE IS NOT A SINGLE QUOTE ON SUFFICIENCY, PLANETARY BOUNDARIES OR LIMITS.read more »

Baltimore Green Map Newsletter

Second Graders Survey Their School Grounds

Every so often we manage to publish a newsletter; Here's a link to the latest one: http://tinyurl.com/BGM-news-June2012

Reminder to international community - I still hope to create some national/international exchange among school children. Get in touch if you want to get involved.
Thanks!
Janet

Double Donations through June 21

Update - our June Match Day was such a success that our anonymous donor has extended the 100% match for a week, through June 21! All contributions - from $10 to $1,000 - made on our website or on the Global Giving platform will be doubled!

Our gratitude to the dozens of new and long-time donors who contributed on June 13 - we have already topped the $8,000 mark! Thank you for helping us bring our engagement tools and mapping resources to more communities, spur collaboration and take advantage of advances in technology and data sharing!

This campaign began on June 8, when a team of volunteers from GoogleServe came to our office and helped us re-think our fundraising and marketing strategy. Rounding out the group were Deb Italiano from Sustainable Jersey City's Green Map team, staff and interns. It was quite helpful for all of us and we could immediately put ideas to work, especially those for our Double Match Day, June 13 (which has now become Double Match Week!) Here is part of what we developed:

Each and every local Green Map project – and there are over 800 in 65 countries – benefits from the tools, processes and icons developed by the award-winning Green Map System. This nonprofit organization has been building capacity for the participatory development of smarter, healthier and greener communities since 1995.

On Double Match Day/Week, your contributions will help this organization work smarter and support more communities, improve tools and extend collaborations, globally and locally.

On Double Match Day, June 13, we encouraged people to donate at Global Giving, where we have a project profile. More than 50 people contributed, and most were matched by the Global Giving pool of funds! A generous anonymous donor topped it up to 100%, then surprised us by offering to continue to match every donation that came in at the 100% level this week. Through June 21, all your donations from $10 to $1,000 is doubled. We are thrilled - now your support means twice as much to the Green Map network!

Now, we are encouraging donors to give directly at GreenMap.org/donate. However, the choice is yours, give directly to us or on Global Giving. Either way, it is tax deductible and matched through June 21, Summer Solstice!

Thank you for pitching in – let your friends know, using this tweet if you like:read more »

Druid Hill Park Passport - a Green Mapping Project on Kickstarter

Ever since we made the Druid Hill Park Green Map, I've been wanting to design a passport/activity to go along with it. Tonight I put the project up on Kickstarter, a crowd sourced funding platform. We have 50 days to raise the funds. Take a look!

Here is the Kickstarter link to Druid Hill Park Passport

I think it is a great way to utilize the Green Map icons for enticing people out to discover what is around them. I'd love to hear comments from other Green Mappers ... if you can contribute in a small way, that's great, too.read more »