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Olivier Hoessly at Green Map

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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 »