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 »