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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. This week, their director, Nicola Furey will be bringing this chart to G3iD, the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day Fair, followed by the Global Issues Network meeting at the International School of Luxembourg. Be sure to read the commentary below - we’ll add comments there, too. read more »

Green Map & TED!

Excitingly, our director, Wendy Brawer is now a TED Resident!

With 14 weeks of support to further the development of Green Map as an 'idea that matters" the residency culminates in the making of a TED Talk (see some of the most popular and search all of them here).

As you can guess, Wendy is delighted that she and Green Map are included. Based at TED's NYC offices, the Residency program curates a co-hort of 20 accomplished people, all briefly introduced in TED's blog.read more »

Tororo's New Project - please help!

Liberty Conservation and Development Association was started in the year 2000 as a community-based organization located in Africa at Tororo Uganda. The aim of the organization is to protect and conserve the environment and to promote sustainable development. Liberty CDA consists of men, women and youth committed to working together to transforming planet earth, starting at home. Here, we introduce 4 projects and invite you to help us achieve our new goal, which will benefit all of the residents and environment of Uganda.

Green Map Project

The first project implemented was the making of the Tororo Green Map. This was first Green Map created on the African continent, according to global nonprofit Green Map System.

This Green Map helped everyone identify, promote and link areas of environment importance in Tororo with the help of collectively shared Green Map icons. The map has acted as an eye opener as far as environmental issues are concerned. In addition, the map was used by policy makers to help make Tororo a better place, and led to the projects described here. Liberty CDA has been using this map to help promote more friendly green sites, and as a way to build capacity. read more »

Cuba's Mapa Verde Network

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In November, our director, her partner and Irapuato Mexico's Green Mapmaker, Nathalie Castiaux, met with leaders from the Centro Felix Varela, an NGO in Havana Cuba. Following a welcoming lunch with the whole staff, we learned about the wonderful week planned by the Green Map team. This group has led Mapa Verde Cuba for more than 15 years!

Led by biologist Liana Bidart, a team of five organized an on-target three day workshop with 40 Green Mapmakers at a seaside hotel. This terrific event included exhibits from eight 'nodes' that include 1863 members across the country, presentations by every group and co-development of 2017 goals, which include stepping up on climate change and women's empowerment. We also toured a community center and heard from youth, seniors, project leaders and partners, rounding out the story of this program's impacts. 

40 terrific Cuban Green Mapmakersread 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 »

Nedbank Green Wine Awards – Honouring producers who conserve the winelands

Green Wine Awards Routemap

The Green Wine Awards also saw the launch of the new Nedbank Green Wine Winners Route in asociation with Cape Town Green Map.read more »

The Green Wine Awards, now in their eighth year and Africa’s only wine competition recognizes and honours wine producers who continue to play an integral role in the provision of ecofriendly wines, which embody farming for the future practices. The awards also seek to celebrate wine producers who are passionate about conserving the land while making greener, finer wines and lowering their carbon footprint.

Mapa Barcelona + Sostenible


What is the Mapa Barcelona + Sostenible?

Is an interactive map of Barcelona, done in a collaboratively way among citizens, businesses, organizations and government initiatives that shows initiatives and resources that contributes to the improvement of the urban environment, that helps building a more equitable and inclusive social structure and that enriches the community and neighborhood tissue.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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Hola LES NYC Green Map

Mapping the green spaces of today and tomorrow’s developments

The Hola LES Green Map charts the speculative future of the ever-changing Lower East Side, highlighting existing resources as well as conceptual projects that contribute to the community’s sustainability and sense of place.

Manhattan's vibrant Lower East Side is on the forefront of climate change, like all coastal communities, and this map was developed as a resource to help increase the green spaces, sustainability and resiliency of the neighborhood. The Hola LES map highlights existing green living resources, development projects that are transforming the neighborhood, and speculative design ideas that can increase sustainability and resiliency.

The map (linked here with legend) includes research gathered during three mapping workshops, interviews with community members, historical research, and through participation in Community Board 3 meetings. It was built using the Carto mapping engine platform and Green Map icons. Below, find the embed code to add this to your website!

A nice crowd joined on a tour to celebrate this map's launch on Saturday May 7, 2016 - the event was both a Jane's Walk and a LES History Month event. Excitingly, later in May, our Director was named an LES Community Hero (photo to come).

The goals of the mapping workshops, which were held in Siempre Verde Garden in 2015, were two-fold: to map the current green space and sustainable living resources and to find underutilized space with sustainable development potential. The workshop participants explored the 36 blocks between Sara D Roosevelt Park and Hamilton Fish Park from HOuston to DeLAncey streets (“Hola”). We discovered places where new green spaces could be created from currently vacant tree pits and swaths of bare earth as well as excessive paving that could be greened, an emerging Green Wall, and hidden-in-plain view gardens. We also learned where solar panels are powering neighborhood buildings, about cycling resources, initiatives to re-purpose Parks buildings for community use, and more.

Our workshops included discussion about green infrastructure to address storm water, a problem that confronts many New York City neighborhoods (the 15 ‘combined sewer’ overflow points in East River Park are evidence of this condition). We discovered underutilized green spaces that could be enhanced, gardens where rain barrels could be installed, asphalt that could become permeable, and bare earth around a housing development that could be utilized as a rain garden or bioswale. These solutions enable natural systems to work more smoothly, so that storm water is sponged up and slowed down, which will help prevent flooding in the community and the overflows that pollute the East River.

There are several development projects currently underway that impact the Lower East Side and are relevant to the sustainability of the Hola LES neighborhood. The largest is the Essex Crossing development that will add 1000 new apartments and new retail spaces to the area. In addition, gentrification is an ongoing process, with older buildings being torn down or converted to luxury housing. The map charts these new building developments from 2005 to the present.

The Big U is a 335 million dollar project that will create a barrier around lower Manhattan to reduce storm surge impacts. With community engaged in planning, the first section will break ground due east of Hola LES in 2017. NYC Community Garden Coalition's 2-million dollar "Gardens Rising" project will add another sustainable layer to the neighborhood. Launched in November 2015, green infrastructure will be planned with 47 community gardens, including the five on the Hola LES map.

Other, more local projects include: the updating of the landmarks spaces Bluestocking bookstore, the Essex Market and ABC No Rio; the Suffolk Tree Stewards, who have taken the initiative to improve the trees and tree pits in and around their block, and the projected "Lowline"project, which could become the world’s first underground park.

The Lower East Side has a unique built environment. Looking back via the Viele Map and historical references, we can see how waves of immigrants transformed land where the Lenape people had lived, building tenements, places of work and worship as the population grew. Today, income disparity, litter, lack of green space and car traffic are challenges that we residents of the Lower East Side must address to assure the vitality of this dense, diverse community.

And yes…. read more »