Governmental agencies have used Green Mapmaking to promote their environmental programs and green living campaigns, and to engage community members and staff in special events and long-term projects. Sustainability, planning and GIS departments are often leading the effort, in some cases with regional Green Mapmakers or consultants guiding the way. The new Open Green Map platform speeds the delivery of green site information to the public and involves them in the process. Our tools save money, too, and strengthen democracy by making government more transparent and accountable.
With professional guides for designing printed Green Maps and an acclaimed new interactive digital mapping website and adaptable resources for grassroots and schools participation, Green Map System offers much to government users. These case studies demonstrate the range of possibilities and services we offer. Download PDF with detailed information about this opportunity.
'Capitolizing' on Sustainability
Launched on Earth Day 2010 by Washington DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, the Green DC Map project exemplifies a successful partnership with printed and interactive outcomes designed to reach a cross-section of community members and tourists. The website Green DC, an online resource managed by the District Department of the Environment hosts an easy to explore unique Green Map created by the District's GIS Division. DDOE has also produced an all-inclusive printed map of sustainable sites, highlighting municipal services, non-profits, grassroots organizations as well as significant places suggested by residents.
Green Map System was delighted to provide a feasibility study for the DC DDOE, introducing best practices and opportunities to create a Green Map that met a multiplicity of diverse needs.
On the Cutting Edge of Climate Change Awareness
In Malmo Sweden, a citizen’s printed Green Map published in 1999-2000 led to ongoing work with the City's sustainability department. Tor Fossum and colleagues restarted the project in 2009, focusing on Malmo's outstanding carbon-reduction resources in the lead-up to the UN climate conference, COP 15, taking place in nearby Copenhagen.
Green Map's director provided insights and demonstrations of the Open Green Map and helped shape plans for related tourism resources. You can explore dozens of climate-smart sites on the bilingual OpenGreenMap.org/malmo and more in Swedish or English.
FIFA World Cup 2010 goals met with Green Map
In the run up to the Games, the City of Cape Town, South Africa established green goals that impact all of the community and activate the interest of the expected throng of visitors and media. Starting in early 2009 by initiating data collection directly on the Open Green Map platform, they attracted community enhancements, rapidly adding more than 200 sites! Cape Town then exported their data and published a printed edition.
Working with local consultants Urban Sprout and others, theirs is the first to use this new platform to start the project, then to yield, in their own words "an easy-to-hold snapshot in time"! You can see the exciting history of this project through its frequent blog posts and explore the Open Green Map on our website or on CapeTownGreenMap.co.za in an interactive widget format.
Green Map System's resources and frequent one on one advice made all the difference in Cape Town's ability to present the natural, cultural and sustainability resources to the world, in a timely, affordable and accessible manner.
Let us help your agency create an award-winning, interactive or GIS Green Map with our suite of adaptable resources, customized training and consulting.