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Climate for Change - Our Actions & Events

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A Green Map Update!
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Climate on our Mind

think global, map local!

With extreme flooding, record-breaking hurricanes, and too many places under threat, climate action remains our gravest challenge. How can we, together, best face this existential crisis?

Let's do more for our home planet. Join us at three events listed below. 

At Green Map, we have worked to reduce climate impacts at the community level since Day One, providing a direct means to communicate local options for sustainable living and towards a healthier, more just and lovable city.  As we give people the tools needed to conduct local eco-assessments, we equip them to make real change, shifting perspectives about community assets and liabilities and contributing to positive, cross-cutting actions with across the board benefits. 

Climate-themed Green Maps have been made in Thailand, South Korea, Spain and other places, as presented at the Crisismappers conference.
In addition, we have placed climate action on many NYC Green Maps and encouraged more engagement through events, media and consulting. Indeed, every Green Map we've made has included energy efficiency and renewables!read more »

Cape Town wears the biodiversity crown!

We are really proud of the amazing Cape Town Green Map team - check out their latest post

""Cape Town is the most biodiverse urban area in the world" reports Dave Chambers in The Times.

The stability of Cape Town's climate on the southern tip of Africa has enabled it to become home to approximately 3000 species of plants, 361 species of birds and 83 species of mammals. read more »

UN 2030 SDG Goals & Our Icons

The United Nations’ work on sustainable development has been an inspiration to us since Day 1. Now, the UN has a new way of clearly setting out goals. We applaud this breakthrough!

For further alignment, we matched our award-winning icons to these 17 Global Goals for sustainable development, working with the Green Mapmakers at Green Swiss. There's a PDF to download and share below, too.

We look forward to comments about this initial matching of goals and icons. Let’s consider how we can all help achieve these goals in a practical way. Does the chart need titles for each icon? Are there too many icons for each of the goals? Format, etc - we want to hear from you. Contact us here. read more »

25 Years Today!

Wendy Brawer at the Papanek Social Design Awards in Vienna (photo by Peter Aiolovia, 2011)

The date was December 13, 1991. I was in a room full of environmental activists in New York City. The @UnitedNations Earth Summit ‘prepcom’ was coming up, where Agenda 21 would be negotiated prior to the main UN event in Rio. We were planning talks and tours for hundreds of governmental, sustainability and social justice participants who would soon arrive, some to stay a month.

I thought about these individuals coming from all over the world, and wondered, would they see the signs of progress that I was noticing: Community gardens, farmers markets, bike paths, solar sites and more? I considered their many languages and cultures, and decided I should make a map of these and other hopeful features. read more »

Renewables My Map

We are testing Google My Map here, used together with Green Map Icons.

If you would like to help on the testing process, please contact us.

Here's the import test: In 2013, we turned this original Open Green Map into a print map called Lower East Ride. We imported the data to this Google MyMaps- it took no time at all, except images need to be added individually. read more »

Bike Ready

Generating action to respond to climate change is among the many things Green Map System does, as seen here. In May 2016, we worked with local film makers to create a new resource:

BIKE READY

Framing cyclists’ response in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, this film has become a springboard for local preparedness. Along with the 4-minute film, in 2016, we created an adaptable Guide you can download as a PDF or .Doc so you can be #BikeReady too.

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Our Beautiful World

For our Beautiful, Changing World
A Green Map Update!
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Turning Point Year

Connecting Changing Communities

Green Map Curitiba Brazil is an ongoing cross-disciplinary program at UFPR, the Federal University of Parana, featured in the Impacts book

2015 was our 20th year as a PR service for the hometown environment. We are proud of the role Green Map System has played in support of our beautiful planet, her people and home places. Much more than maps have been made as our network shares knowledge and skills that contribute to community greening and resiliency across the board in 65 countries.
 
Help us make a 2016 climate wise turning point for communities, near and far!
 
In the wake of the Cop21 agreement in Paris, we’ll be starting off right, looking ahead with a New Year Board retreat. We are grateful to these men and women, listed on the right, who continually make our efforts more impactful. read more »

From Island to Island

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From Island to Island

think global, map local!

The season is off to an exciting start at Green Map System. We’re just back from working with great project leaders in Iceland and United Kingdom, where we delivered six talks and workshops. read more »

NYC’s HOLA LES! Mapping Project

Hola LES! workshop #2 participants

What is Hola LES? It’s the name of a new Green Map project that covers 36 blocks between two city parks, from HOuston Street to DeLAncey (Hola!) streets on Manhattan's Lower East Side. This hands-on project is designed to highlight not only the existing green spaces around the LES but also to identify potential for new green spaces and green infrastructure. Along the way, we are involving different groups of stakeholders and testing out different mapmaking methods.

Workshops in May and June were led by us and project partner Professor Alice Arnold. Starting from Siempre Verde Community Garden, the workshop included a discussions at both ends of the neighborhood walking tour. Workshop #1 included many Civic Corps volunteers while #2 was a global affair, with attendees from Brazil, Japan, Denmark, India and the US. We're planning neighborhood residents and youth workshops later this season. read more »

Support our New Toolkit

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GivingTuesday

Now! on Indiegogo

On Dec 2, join GivingTuesday by taking part in our first Indiegogo campaign. You'll be helping us create a new toolkit that engages more community participation as it streamlines the process of making an effective Green Map. Hundreds of communities will become more resilient and informed, thanks to your support!

Yes, our network and our in-house team has already created an array of resources - there are general tools - videos - youth tools - interactive resources - mobile tools - and many others tucked away in our blog and other sections. Now, with your help, we can assess all of them and create one streamlined toolkit that builds capacity, incorporates new technologies and offers innovative mapping experiences. 

Our network of city agencies, nonprofits, universities, youth and grassroots groups will be involved to assure this adaptable new toolkit will provide what's needed today to encourage action and resiliency and  become ever more important with wider stakeholder participation. Moreover, this process will help Green Map project leaders move forward in support of our organization’s trajectory toward going ‘open source’ in 2015. 

Our thanks for your tax-deductible support! Check out the perks when you give online at bit.ly/GMtools - or join us Tuesday night with GivKwik and Indiegogo at ImpactHubNY. read more »

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