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How Green Maps Impact Tororo Uganda

Some of the Impacts of the Tororo Green Map project

We're delighted to post this blog about project impacts by Odulla Joseph in #Tororo #Uganda. Find the project's profile here

The first Green Map on the African continent was created by the Tororo Green Mapmaking team. The first edition of this map was made in 1999, with the second Tororo Green Map following in 2004. I am Odulla Joseph, a secondary school geography teacher, and as the project leader, I worked very hard creating the two editions.

These two Green Maps have had a significant positive impact on the sustainability of Tororo, making it more friendly and a better place to live. Adults and children participated in green site identification, and everyone learned about the friendly and unfriendly sites we have in Tororo. The process helped children discover types of environmentally friendly green sites that are found in other urban areas around the world, but were missing in Tororo. This helped cultivate an environmental mind and attitude among the children, encouraging them to create more friendly green sites and initiate activities such as planting special trees in their homes, municipal gardens and along the sides of the roads. read more »

Thank you, U Michigan!

UM Students 2014

We had special guests visiting our East Village office this week, coming all the way from Michigan to help develop a strong concept for the new version of GreenMap.org. Andrew from Taiwan, Nehal from India, Anna from Philadelphia and Vincent from China are graduate students at the University of Michigan School of Information in Ann Arbor. They chose to work with Green Map System for a week, redefining the structure of our website and brainstorming ways to improve user experience.

The photo shows University of Michigan students interviewing our board member Carlos Martinezread more »

News from Germany

Bernice and Aruna

In recent years, more and more federal sustainability policies and initiatives are spreading throughout Germany, with the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 40% by 2020 and increasing the share of renewable energy sources consumption by 60% by 2050. In the meantime, a quarter of the energy consumed in Germany is produced by renewable energy sources. This is a great setting for the several ongoing mapmaking projects taking place in Germany at the moment. Green Maps are now live in Berlin, Hamburg and Darmstadt, engaging communities and tourists in continuous efforts to promote greener and healthier ways of living. read more »

Cuba's 15 Years!

La versión española más adelante

Mapa Verde Red, the Green Map network in Cuba, is one of the more dynamic and elaborate ongoing Green Mapmaking projects. Based at Centro Felix Varela in Havana, the Cuban Green Map team has been incredibly prolific in creating tools, maps, videos, guides and educational frameworks. Led by biologist Liana Bidart Cisneros, a great group coordinates all aspects, including María Luisa Ventosa Zenea, Dely Rodríguez Velázquez, Asunción Capote Fernández, Gustavo Blanco Vale and Victoria Castillo Garrido.

In 2013, the 15th anniversary of Mapa Verde Red was celebrated with the publication of Mapa Verde en el contexto Cubano. Published by the Centro Felix Varela, this book is a thorough overview of the processes and methodology underlying the practice of Green Mapmaking as a means for sustainable community development. Download the book below! This anniversary was also marked by the Cuban national television station with a short film showing the network’s impact on sustainability in rural and urban communities in 12 of Cuba's 14 provinces.

Spot Mapa Verde from Centro Félix Varela on Vimeo.read more »

6 New Impact Stories!!

''Green Map Impacts’, our book of locally written stories about the dynamic projects and their outcomes has been updated with new stories!

Six new stories are featured at the top of this page, followed by the original set of stories, first published in English and Japanese in 2009 in partnership with Aichi Green Map and Green Map Japan. New! Story #7, contributed by the Iceland Green Mapmakers, follows the group of six!

The new stories feature new tools and approaches – enjoy them all, story by story or download the complete book (15 MB PDF)!

Special thanks to all the authors, photographers and partners who contributed to the book project; Emily Saltz for initiating the update, Eugenie Flynn and Wendy Brawer for editing, Aaron Reiss for design, WonSun Choi for translation, and Bernice Keshet and Aruna Reddig for their work on this page. Find more outcomes at GreenMap.org/impacts. And now, the new Stories:

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New 'Green by Design' Icon!

Green by Design

Globally recognized Green Map Icons connect all the maps and mapmakers together. Three versions of this award-winning globally designed symbol set have been released over the years, each one complete with multilingual posters and related resources for printed and interactive Green Map. Find them at GreenMap.org/icons.

The design process has been inclusive and exciting but quite time-consuming. This year, we are piloting a new process, and have begun adding new icons, one by one, to the set.

Our first new icon, Green by Design, originated in Cape Town South Africa, where the terrific Green Map project has been part of the World Design Capital 2014 bid and project. Green Mapmakers Arne Purves and Philip Todres have contributed the new symbol as well as posted a blog introducing the World Design Capital program. See the new icon on the interactive Open Green Map there and follow at #WDC2014!read more »

Korean Open Green Map now open! 그린맵 공식 웹사이트에 한국 상륙하다!

sun and yutaka

Korean is the 9th language on the Open Green Map! Thank you WonSun Choi for making this award-winning platform available to 50 million more people!

안녕하세요, 그린맵 인턴 최원선입니다.

방금, 뉴욕 현지 시간으로 2014년 2월 20일 목요일, 그린맵 공식 웹사이트에 한국어가 추가되었습니다. 한국어를 포함하여 이젠 모두 9개의 언어를 그린맵에서 만나실 수 있습니다. 많은 도움을 준 yukata와 함께 한국어 버전 웹사이트를 개발하는 과정에 찍은 사진입니다.

그린맵 공식 웹사이트에서 확인하세요. 언어는 왼쪽 상단의 메뉴에서 변경 가능합니다. read more »

지도를 펼쳐, 지구를 담다. 우리동네 그린맵을 소개합니다!

picture of us

Hello, 안녕하세요?

저는 숙명여자대학교에 재학 중이며 Green Map System 뉴욕본사에서 겨울방학 기간 동안 인턴을 진행중인 최원선입니다. 인턴을 시작한지는 1달이 조금 넘었고, 한국으로 돌아가기까지는 2주정도가 남았습니다. 처음 맨하탄 사무실에 도착했을 때는 긴장도 많이 했었지만, 짧은 시간이었지만 Boss인 Wendy, 이 사진을 찍어준 Walter, 이스라엘에서 온 Bernice, 독일에서 온 Aruna 모두 친절하게 저를 도와주었기 때문에 잘 적응할 수 있었습니다. read more »

Fresh from Uridongnae - 'Our Village'!

All of us are excited to see the new Gyeonggi Green Maps!

On Wednesday a big box arrived at our office from South Korea. Inside we found a collection of beautiful maps, books, calendars and other Green Map-based information about the region of Gyeonggi-do. Luckily, we have a wonderful intern now and she will tell you about the maps, the Mapmaker and the province of Gyeonggi-do:

Hi, my name is WonSun Choi. I’m from Seoul, South Korea. I have lived in Seoul for almost my entire life., and am currently studying at Sookmyung Women’s University. I’m helping out at Green Map in New York for 6 weeks during my winter break. read more »

Cape Town's Green by Design Map

World Design Capital 2014 | Cape Town | Cape Town Green Map

World Design Capital (WDC) is a biannual honour awarded by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design, to cities across the globe, to show its commitment to using design as a social, cultural and economic development tool.

The theme for WDC 2014 is 'Live Design. Transform Life'. As the winning city, Cape Town will plan, develop and promote a programme of events to run throughout 2014 focusing on using design as a development tool.
 
For an overview of the City WDC 2014 Projects click here

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Using Icons to Spur Conversations

Chris Halecki, Department of State, and Janet Felsten, Baltimore Green Map

Green Map Icons provide a great prompt to stimulate conversation about climate change issues on a national and even global scale! I just experienced that firsthand when, on January 31, I had the pleasure and responsibility of representing the entire Green Map System at the citizen diplomacy-focused Global Ties U.S. Conference in Washington, D.C. Our panel, Integrating Global Climate Challenges into Local Environment Initiatives, was moderated by Chris Halecki, of U.S Department of State’s Office of International Visitors.

Griffin Thompson, Branch Chief and Senior Climate Change Program Manager, Bureau of Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs, DoS, led off with a summary of current State Department activities. He cited the importance of sub-national action, a realization that some of the most successful mitigation and adaptation strategies happen at the city level.read more »

Help us to vote for Cape Town for a sustainable future powered by renewable energy

#welovecapetown Please Vote For Cape Town
Supporters of the Cape Town Green Map can now start voting to show the world why Cape Town should be named the world's most loveable sustainable city #welovecapetown

Cape Town has been selected as a finalist city in the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ‘We Love Cities’ campaign as part of the Earth Hour City Challenge.

The Mother City has been selected from among 163 entrants from 34 cities and 14 countries.

WWF has acknowledged Cape Town’s impressive attempts to actively address climate change and the exceptional will demonstrated to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, while transitioning toward a truly sustainable future powered by renewable energy.

Everyone is invited to vote for Cape Town and to share their favourite aspects of our city through photos and videos. They are also encouraged to submit suggestions on how we can become even more sustainable.

Voting ends on 20 March 2014. The winning city will be announced on 27 March 2014 – two days before Earth Hour, which takes place on 29 March 2014.

‘We are overjoyed that Cape Town has been selected as one of the finalists in the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge. Cape Town is being acknowledged for the incredible efforts being made by so many individuals and organisations across the city striving to make this a more sustainable, more habitable place. Now, Cape Town’s residents have the opportunity to mobilise towards that dream with the same spirit, ingenuity, and accountability that we saw with the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™,’ says City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille.
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New! How To Video: Green Map Cycling Tour

At #GreenMapNYC, we created a cycling map and tour series to introduce community members and visitors to local climate change impacts and #resiliency resources that directly address local needs and networks.

Entitled Adapting to Change - Lower East Ride, we have blogged about this project since Hurricane Sandy left her mark on our neighborhood.

We have produced interactive and printed Green Maps (in Chinese, Spanish and English), all of which can be explored at Facebook.com/lower.east.ride! read more »

臺北科大綠活圖推廣大事記

臺北科大推行服務-學習課程多年,期藉由綠活圖讓學生在多個面向皆能有所成長與收穫!

Donate Today for a High Impact 2014

Your tax-deductible support means so much to us! Our year-end newsletter previews our local-global impact in 2014. Please contribute today!

12/3/13 is #GivingTuesday. We encourage all people interested in #SustainableCommunities to contribute to our nonprofit @GreenMap at GreenMap.org/donate.

When we took part in 2012's GivingTuesday, we had 835 projects in our network - as of today, we have registered 879 locally-led Green Mapmakers! read more »

Please Support Cape Town Green Map in the SA Blog Awards 2013

Support Cape Town Green Map Blog and Vote For us!

The public vote phase for the South African Blog Awards 2013 opens on Monday 2 December 2013. Please support the Cape Town Green Map's blog and cast your vote!

Simply click the button on our page and follow the instructions.

http://www.capetowngreenmap.co.za/blog/2013-sa-blog-awards-please-vote-o...

The Cape Town Green Map was launched on World Environment Day in 2009. Our blog has been feeding "green" news ever since, keeping Capetonians "in the loop" on green Cape Town and other environment and sustainability news!
Please cast you vote for us.

The Cape Town Green Map Team

Creative Climate Action Award

#Resiliency – the ability to bounce back after a disruption – depends on a strong community and the kinds of connections that Green Maps provide. Our newest NYC maps and activities won a Creative Climate Action Award in October! Thanks to the Human Impacts Institute for honoring our Adapting to Change - Lower East Ride Cycling Tour and Green Maps that provide a view of Superstorm Sandy’s impacts and resiliency resources around our Lower East Side neighborhood. Spanish, Chinese and English editions were produced to include neighborhood’s diverse residents - download them at facebook.com/lower.east.ride. This is also the place to find out about the engaging cycling tours we have been hosting along with our partners at Partnerships for Parks. read more »

Great New Maps from Korea

Today we helped mapmakers with Green Gyeonggi 21 in #SouthKorea upload a SLEW of their great maps. These maps, whose topics are as diverse as their wonderful art and illustration, are now available for anyone to download at their MapMakerProfile.

Take a look at their profile below and check out their beautiful Green Maps!

Making Green Farm Maps with Youth

Tracing Old Paths, A Natural Village

Local Town Restoration Project

Connecting with Chinese Mapmakers

Angran, Eugenie and Aaron

With over 40 active Chinese Green Map projects in #Taiwan and #China, we are excited to create new bilingual resources and information to support these locally-led sustainability mapping projects.

My name is Eugenie. I’m from Taiwan and have been in the states for 18 years. I came to Green Map with a music education background and my interest in sustainability. I am currently collaborating with Angran Li, a graduate design student from Beijing (on the left), and Aaron Reiss, who studied Chinese and taught English in China, to help increase the impact Green Map System has on Chinese-speaking communities. read more »

Engaging with Green Map Icons

With the Druid Hill Park Passport and mapping workshops, we are taking the Green Map icons off the map and onto new places: as stickers to show that a mapped park has really been explored and on the foreheads of young folks assessing the green features of a local arboretum!

Learn more when you check out Baltimore Green Map's latest newsletter .

Iceland's Newest Green Map!

I was fortunate to visit Green Map Iceland on my way back from Trondheim in July, where I got to experience the midnight sun and the extraordinary energy of Anna Karlsdottir, Gunna Tryggvadottir, Einar Bergmundur and their team. #GreenMap #Iceland is terrific! In this photo: Anna, intern extraordinaire Chiara Ferrari Melillo, me and Gunna.

For me, it was very exciting to see their new Green Map in progress. Covering all of Iceland, its depth of information and design will entice everyone to explore and protect this remarkable environment. Here is a quick view of the final product which will make its debut in mid-September Check Nature.is for details of the exhibition event and where to pick up copies of this gorgeous new edition graced by lovely design and well-researched sites.

I was treated to a family dinner and swim in one of Iceland’s famous thermal pools before visiting the Green Map office. See the printed Green Maps as well as their own interactive edition, mobile apps and great website, info cards, t-shirts and other informative and joyfully designed resources was truly inspiring! I’ll add a short video here featuring Gunna - more of this interview is here.



The sun stayed up late, and we did too. The next morning, Anna, Gunna and I traveled around the south west of the island – a remarkable landscape like no other on earth. Both are experts in in fields including Arctic tourism, geothermal energy and native geology and plants as well as general knowledge of Iceland’s environment so it was an especially wonderful but all too quick tour. Here is a short filmed by Gunna:

In closing I encourage you to visit Nature.is – there’s abundant information and maps in both Icelandic and English to learn from.

Special thanks to everyone involved from Wendy Brawer, Green Map Director

Green Pilgrimage Network in Trondheim

The City of Trondheim welcomes Green Pilgrimage Network

The Green Pilgrimage Network (twitter #GreenPilgrims) offers a new way to address key environmental and social justice issues that many cities hold in common, and at the same time, engage people on route to holy sites and instill a new reverence for nature and sustainable living.

A project of the UK-based Alliance for Religion and Conservation, the Green Pilgrimage Network hosted a dynamic meeting with directors of approximately 35 pilgrimage sites and their local government’s environment officials in July. With pilgrimage being one of the top reasons to travel in the world, the impacts are considerable on issues ranging from waste and wastewater to health and security. At this conference, frank discussions and exchanges helped move the entire group forward toward sustainability and social justice goals. read more »

Upgrading Open Green Map!

Summer 2013 - Hanne Paine, Thomas Turnbull, Walter Perry, Eric Goldhagen and many more take part in upgrading Open Green Map!

It's been an exciting summer with Hanne Paine, Walter Perry, Thomas Turnbull, and Eric Goldhagen upgrading the Open Green Map platform. All of us have been pitching in with Hanne leading the upgrading process. You can see from the images that everyone, from board members to Rowan University GeoLab to interns, tech advisors and friends pitched in!

Much of the actual work took place behind the scenes. Our platform's base map was upgraded to Google API 3, and paving the way toward diversifying the base map, each site's info window has been consolidated into a single page. Improved forms for making the maps and adding sites, routes and areas rounded out the summer tasks.

In the images:
Center: Upgrade goes live!: Hanne Paine,Thomas Turnbull and John Daniels
1. Walter Perry, Aaron Reiss, Emily Saltz, Wendy Brawer and Hanne Paine
2. Board Reunion: Dorothy Dunn, Jaimie Cloud, Sara Tucker, Thomas Turnbull, Taylor Baybutt, Emily Saltz, Hanne Paine, Marissa Feinberg, Katherine Tiddens and Bob Zuber
3. Rowan GeoLab: John Reiser, Hanne Paine and Katrina Shand
4. Saturday Session: Hanne Paine, John Daniels, Thomas Turnbull and Liz Barry
5. Walter Perry, Hanne Paine and Eric Goldhagen
6. Mobile Lunch: Aaron Reiss, Hanne Paine, Taylor Baybutt, Willow Rook, Emily Saltz and Alexander Butterwick
(most photos by Wendy Brawer)

August = Impacts Month

Green Map Impacts book is being expanded!

Green Mapmakers have made incredible impacts on their surrounding communities. Twenty-two of these impacts are highlighted in the 2009 Green Map Impacts Book (download free here). 30 pages of illustrated, locally written stories are a worthwhile read! We interns discovered the book during ‘Social Media Summer’ and we decided, along with our soon to be released Mapmaker’s Social Media Guide, to create a campaign that features daily postings of summarized stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Dubbed Impacts Month: our August social media campaign is designed to create awareness about the real changes Green Maps have generated!

Good Timingread more »

Green Map Icon Postcards!

Green Map Icon Postcard

Green Map is happy to announce our new Green Map Icon postcard - an easy-to-use reference guide for our unique set of 170 Nature, Sustainable Living and Culture & Society Icons.

Our iconography is among our most distinctive and vital resources and this recycled paper postcard is a great, resource-efficient introduction!

To get a PDF version of the postcard to display or print locally, choose 1 page or 2 pages.

Want some paper copies for yourself or your organization? If you can cover shipping, we will send you a stack for free! Here are the prices for shipping:

A standard envelope will fit 20 postcards, and weighs 4.8 ounces. To estimate your shipping price, go to postcalc.usps.com and calculate shipping from our zipcode (10002) to yours anywhere in the US. Or choose your country at the top.

For more then 20 postcards, use these weights to help calculate your shipping costs:read more »

Pintrest!

Pintresting Green Map

Green Map System is happy to announce its new Pinterest profile! Created on a hot summer day, we're featuring Green Map’s online resources to help you easily navigate our website as well as pictures from global Green Maps and our newest NYC maps, and more!

Explore, follow and re-pin us!

Take a minute to look around the Resources Board for easy access to some of Green Map's awesome global online resources and our Global Green Maps Board to explore beautiful outcomes from around the world! read more »

A New Man

I'm a new man.Time make me live.I admit that I'm not good at anything and look forward to learning more.

Summer at Green Map!

Summer at Green Map 2013

As summer rolls in, Green Map System is happy to welcome some fresh faces to the office:

Emily Saltz is joining us from Brown University, where she majors in Environmental Studies and Economics. This summer at Green Map, she is creating a Local Food module that will help teachers, students and youth groups explore our changing food landscape. She is also working on updating our Green Map Impacts book with new locally-written stories that highlight outcomes from using the Open Green Map platform. She will be blogging for Green Map and keeping us all updated on what is going on here and in the world of mapping, so keep an eye out!read more »

What's Cooking at Green Map?

Current Eating

Happy Fourth Birthday to Open Green Map System and Happy World Environment Day to all! This World Environment Day is particularly important to me because the theme is Think Eat Save: the middle of which is a personal hobby of mine.

My name’s Emily Saltz, and I am the newest intern at Green Map. I am a rising senior at Brown University and while my official degrees-in-progress are in Environmental Studies and Economics, my passion is food. I've also worked at Real Time Farms where I took the photo on the right.read more »

New Green Map Guide in Chinese!

4Bs Hive Guide to Green Mapping in Chinese

We are happy to announce that an important Guide to Making Green Maps has been translated into simplified Chinese!

Created in Europe by the 4BsHive, this colorful guide highlights 4 different ways to create Green Maps. With the help of wonderful mapmakers at the China Mangrove Conservation Network and our staff members Hui Zhou and Aaron Reiss, this fantastic resource is now available to our growing community of local Green Mapmakers in China, and to the public.

Download in Chinese as a compressed 2MB PDF or as a full scale, zipped 19MB PDF here. read more »

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