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Climate Week NYC with Green Map

Participate with Green Map at these Climate Week NYC and 'climate season' events! Follow us on Twitter for updates at @GreenMap and explore how we put Climate and Energy on the map everyday below.

Friday Sept 19, midday
Union Square Greenmarket
Climate Design Pop Up! Get a Green Map there!

3 events on Saturday, 20 September

LUNGS Harvest Festival on the Lower East Side
11AM
Green Mapmaking for Climate Health workshop at a lovely Community Garden, Green Oasis, East 8th St. btwn Aves C & D

Permaculture Skill Share and Music Festival at the Old Stone House of Brooklyn
3:30PM
– Create Your Own Green Map - there are 25 great workshops here!

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces
6:15
- History of Grassroots Activism in NYC
155 Avenue C between East 9th and 10th Streets
Where does change come from? Explore the history of sustainability social movements on the Lower East Side and their impacts on climate and community wellbeing with Bill DiPaolo of Time’s Up and Wendy Brawer of Green Map. Bikes, gardens, composting, green living, maps and more – the power to change is yours.

Friday Sept 26, 5 to 7:30 pm
Climate Week Workshop at Green Map System

220a East 4th Street, NYC
Meet at Green Map System and explore how this 65-country social movement is changing how people understand, visualize and take action for their home places. After a quick world tour and video debut, you’ll learn how to bring Green Mapmaking into your community to promote climate health and engage broad participation. Then, take to the street to test your new skills! A condensed but easy walking tour will explore climate impacts in the East Village and ways its unique social fabric address resiliency. This is a Climate Week NYC event, and a diversity of participants is welcome!

Lots more events:

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Map it Fast!

Ready for New Participation

M.OpenGreenMap.org  is our new Mobile Site Collector for interactive Green Maps! This handy webapp makes it easy for everyone to collect new green sites as they visit them. 

Now, Green Mapmakers, tourists, students and locals can collect great green living sites and quickly add up to 8 icons and a photo. Every new site is reviewed by the local Mapmaker, and when it goes live on the map, the person who collected it is notified.

Transforming how Green Maps are made, the Mobile Site Collector can be used with smart phones, tablets or computer. It has 13 language options, thanks to the contributions of the 65-country Green Map network. It even works offline!read more »

Mobile Site Collector Launches!

We are delighted to launch the new Mobile Site Collector!
It’s super handy for charting green living sites on the go and for involving new participation in Green Mapmaking.

Try it at M.OpenGreenMap.org – complete info and video are at GreenMap.org/mobile.

Created by Romanian Green Mapmakers and translated into 13 languages by our global network, this new tool is great for workshops, as well as community members and visitors who encounter places that belong on the Green Map. “Now, you can add them as you find them!" said Wendy Brawer, director of the nonprofit Green Map System. "The Collector automatically grabs the location, and all you need to do is select icons, add a little description and snap a photo. Each site is reviewed by the local mapmaker and contributors receive a notice when it’s on the Green Map”.read more »

1st Green Map Collector Workshop

In July, we took part in organizing a workshop at the United Nations that introduced Green Map’s new Mobile Site Collector to participants from 7 countries - explore the map we made at OpenGreenMap.org/UNdistrict-nyc!

Organized by summer interns Benji Shulman and Samantha Riccio, it was hosted at the head office of Global Action to Prevent War, a UN-based NGO (follow their important work at GlobalActionPW.org). While most participants have a UN connection, the group also included a member of the surrounding Community Board, Manhattan CB 6, which is an appointed advisory liaising with local government on an ongoing basis.

After short introductions and an ice-breaker (where everyone had to share the greenest thing they had done that day) participants were given a brief history of the district and global examples showing how community-engaged mapmaking has been used to build knowledge, networks and action for inclusive, sustainable local development.

Based on her experience making other Open Green Maps with the Collector, Green Map’s summer intern Samantha Riccio then gave a tutorial on how use this new fast, fun tool on mobile phones and tablets. The Collector allows people to collect sites as they encounter them through a simple effective web-app interface on their smart phones. “Offering 13 different languages, the Mobile Site Collector is the perfect tool for this very diverse group. Hopefully it will inspire them to introduce Green Mapmaking to their local communities” said Samantha.

Use the Collector at M.OpenGreenMap.org

Then the fun really began with participants breaking into groups and spreading out around the UN to make use of their new-found mapping capability. Along with many famous landmarks in the area, smaller sites such as bicycle repair and tailoring shops were also mapped. Some groups even discovered beautiful public spaces that had been unknown to them even though they had worked in the area for some time. In just 45 minutes, participants mapped 14 new sites complete with descriptions, photos and the signature Green Map Icons, showing their engagement and enjoyment in the process.

The workshop included a view of all the newly mapped sites and discussion of ways to improve the presentation. This eclectic group's feedback very helpful as we move toward launching the Collector on August 6th, and planning next steps for our 'Map it Fast' mobile tools. Thanks again to Samatha and Benji for their work on this project and to Global Action, which posted a blog here as well as hosted, and to all the participants.

NYC Fashion Map

Samantha collects site ideas at the Future of Fashion

As a summer intern at the New York office, I have been working on the newest interactive NYC Green Map that charts out sustainable and ethical clothing sources throughout the city. This has been a very exciting task because of my love for both the environment and fashion. Most of the time these two words do not coexist harmoniously. Fashion can be seen as highly wasteful with the continually changing fads, highly toxic with the many dyes and other pollutants, and highly unethical with poor labor practices.

In the fashion world, sustainable clothing is seen as not trendy, which to many is not worth giving up for the environment. Given these opposing views companies are looking to find a happy medium. There are many stores throughout the city that are addressing conscious clothing that too few residents and tourists know about; this is where “Good” Clothes Green Map NYC comes in. It maps out where to find high quality second hand shops, sustainable and ethical clothing stores, green cleaning resources, where to get materials and more.

Explore OpenGreenMap.org/NYCfashion The map is already growing online and open to the public, allowing everyone to contribute comments, ratings, images and videos. You can also suggest new sites!

As an online map, promoting it will be challenging, however, you can help it reach new audience. Use the code below to embed the interactive map into your own website or blog, or contact us to partner on publishing a print map. This project's first supporter is Patagonia Soho, a great example of a company that ‘walks its talk’ when it comes to sustainable fashion!

As a city that attracts millions of tourists each year, the Good Clothes Green Map will encourage them to shop smart while also being fashionable. As part of the mapmaking process, we will take part in different events where we can show people how to contribute to the map, as well as demonstrating how to use our soon-to-debut Mobile Site Collector. Our first event was The Future of Fashion #3. Here, we took part in stopTHINKshop’s pop up, where we received positive feedback from vendors and community members about our sustainable fashion map. The event also had a panel discussion on technology and sustainable fashion— catch highlights on Twitter at @BeSocialChange #FutureofFashion. And if you are a Pinterest fan, check this out!

Make sure to watch for tweets at @GreenMapNYC as the map takes shape – feel free to suggest a cool name for the map there too!

Blog by Samantha Riccio, Marist College

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10th Taipei Tech Matsu Volunteers Mapping on Beigan Luoshan Nature Trail!

mapping survey on Beigan Luoshan Nature Trail(北竿螺山自然生態區) 2014-7-2

第10屆馬祖服務隊在總召馬家帶領下在北竿螺山吃大蘋果!
在酷暑中正中午的驕陽沒有打敗大家文化踏查的熱情,期待景點訪查的紀錄回報!
更多螺山自然步道的介紹,
可以參考馬祖國家風景區網站
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10th Taipei Tech uni student Matsu volunteer team mapping survey and eating big apples on the Beigan Luoshan Nature Trail.
You can find more information on the

Cape Town Green Map is Runner-Up in the Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation Award

Cape Town Green Map

Cape Town Green Map and the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation were both runners up in this category of the Greening the Future Awards.

Cape Town Green Map is thrilled to have received this recognition and says 'bravo' to Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation and their community gardening project.

Lisa Johnston reported on the two Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation Award runners up in the Greening the Future supplement in the Mail & Guardian:
Mainstream in Cape Town

When the Cape Town Green Map was launched in 2009 it was with the conscious intention of positioning all things green firmly in the mainstream.read more »

Green Conflict Resolution

Green Map System is the kind of place where different things to come together from different places in unusual ways. Much of my work in South Africa involves community relations and interfaith contexts the rest of the time I also have a passion for the environment. I am in New York for the summer doing some volunteer work for Green Map System and a peace and security partner organisation Global for Action to Prevent War. Could you possibly bring all these strands together in one meeting? On my first day at Green Map that is exactly what happened. Here is the story. read more »

Glasgow WAVE map goes live

We have just started a new volunteer project in partnership with two other local organisations - The Whiteinch Centre and LINKES. The project - Glasgow West Area Volunteer Experience (WAVE) - will develop and enhance volunteering opportunities in the area and the ability of the three partners to host and support volunteers more effectively.
One element of the project is the development of a map of local organisations that provide volunteer opportunities. The online map has gone live with the first seven organisations that want to be included and we have also got a first version of the hardcopy map which is very exciting too!read more »

Open Engagement

The Queens Museum hosts beautiful and innovative exhibitions and events, and in May, Green Map System took part in the Open Engagement conference with our partners at the Queens DiverCity Green Map project, Carlos Martinez and Beatriz Gil and the local arts org, Hibridos Collective. Carlos took the wonderful photos here, more are on the group's website.

OE is an annual exploration of various perspectives on art and social justice. This year it focused on a Life/Work theme, and, we found the venue and event to be an ideal showcase for Green Map! Together, we led a virtual tour of New York City around the Panorama – an amazing model of NYC built for the World Fair in 1964, and kept up to date, accurately featuring the city’s streets, buildings and green spaces.

The conference attracted attendees from all over and our 'tour group' included several states and countries. Together, we discussed many noteworthy sites, spread across all five boroughs, as seen on this little map.

We presented both global and local Queens Green Map and explored the use of our shared iconography to express the positive, green and innovative as well as the toxic and hazardous aspects of these various sites. Then, we taught the group how to use our-soon-to-be-released Mobile Site Collector to collect and add more sites to the Green Map we created especially for this event.

Our thanks to the Queens Museum, partners, organizers and participants. We had a great time sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and exploring new ways to strengthen resiliency in our hometowns!


Wendy, Bernice, Carlos, Beatriz and visitors walking around “New York City”


Visitors share their experiences and assess the potential for mapping for community engagement


Bernice (author of this post) presented one of the New York's most beautiful views - of the Hudson River and the NJ Palisades. During her internship at Green Map, she also published a Green Map of Tel Aviv!


Like being in a virtual helicopter (but without noise!) we strolled across the city in seconds

Mangroves and Maps

Images by China Mangrove Conservation Network

#China is now home to dozens of Green Map projects, promoting sustainable lifestyles in many rural and urban communities. We at Green Map System especially appreciate the one initiated by the China Mangrove Conservation Network.

Mangroves play a significant role in coastal ecosystems by stabilizing the shoreline, providing protecting to both wildlife and people against waves and hurricanes. Mangrove forests also have a great capacity of storing CO2. In many places in the world, including China, these important trees are being cut down at an alarming rate for firewood and coastal development. A China Mangrove Conservation Network (CMCN) staff member, Jessica, described the organization’s work:read more »

Tel Aviv Sustainable Food Green Map

1909 Lot Lottery in Jaffa

There is so much to do as we search for ways to engage new people in a greener way of living.

My name is Bernice, I have lived in Tel Aviv Israel my whole life until recently, when I moved to New York and started my internship here at Green Map. Tel Aviv is a cool and vibrant city, with a fascinating history and great beaches. Tel Aviv also has a great culinary scene, and being a Mediterranean city, you can find fresh produce sold in many open air markets all year round.

I thought that a great angle from which to start mapping my city would be sustainable food, since everyone in Israel is always exchanging recipes and rivalry between the fans of different Hummus makers can become dangerously heated. A sustainable food map can also serve as a useful resource for the hundreds of thousands of tourists coming in every year, giving them the ability to practice responsible tourism as well as information about some of the best restaurants and markets in the city.read more »

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
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