How Green Is My City?
…from NYC to the World with Green Map
Exhibit & Events at MoRUS, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space through 2020
Originating on the Lower East Side, the locally-led Green Map movement is returning to its roots, impacting 65 countries along the way.
In 1995, Green Map System created a new way to use mapmaking for social change and shared their ideas, toolkit and outcomes to spark vibrant connections between people and the place where they live. The nonprofit’s adaptable toolkit has been creatively applied by agencies, institutions, innovators, activists and community groups to challenge perceptions of local nature, culture, social justice and green living while encouraging eco-smart habits and informed actions.
Bringing the roots and trajectory into focus, this exhibit will generate new answers to the question “How Green Is My City?” Featuring locally made Green Maps from NYC and cities around the world, the exhibit shares the project’s tools and trajectory along with local impacts on public policy, climate change, social movements, along with sustainability projects of all kinds. Come explore new directions to a healthier common future.
Join an event, make a map and experience the green side of our cities. However, given the uncertainities of the season, check here (GreenMap.org/2020exhibit) and at MoRUSnyc.org and at @GreenMap and @MORUSnyc for updates. Located at 155 Aveune C, and open 11-7 Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday (closed Monday and Wednesday), MoRUS Museum's season includes a fresh from the streets Black Lives Matter exhibit, Creating a Buzz about Bees interactions and the annual MoRUS Film Festival. Press release and Event List PDFs are below, and for updates, follow at @GreenMap and @MORUSnyc
(see past events & images below)
Friday, December 4, 2pm - OGM2 Demo Online!
Find out about Open Green Map 2, the new mapping platform, now in Beta, and how you can use it for your own local Green Map projects with the developers at the Berlin-based GIS Collective. Featuring Green Mapmakers already using OGM2! Here is the Zoom Link - we'd love to hear your questions and ideas for this platform! Check your time zone!
Another event will be announced before the show closes in December
Past Events in this Series
Sunday, September 6th, 5pm - Exhibition Opening and Tour
Join us for the socially-distanced opening of Green Map’s exhibit How Green Is My City?, including a live broadcast at 6pm (on MoRUS's Facebook page) introducing the show and upcoming events, brought to you through a special partnership with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. In the basement level of MoRUS, explore a special temporary exhibit featuring photos, art, and barricades from the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
Saturday, September 19, 5-7pm - Put your Spot on the Green Map at Grace Exhibition Space!
Celebrate North American Day of Sustainable Communities by putting your favorite green sites on the map. Share your knowledge about places, projects and practices and find out about the OGM2 mapping platform at this outdoor event. Grace Exhibition Space, dedicated to performance art & permaculture, is located just 2 blocks from MoRUS at 182 Avenue C, where “Microbes to Metropolis” exhibit by MoS MoBS LoBS Lab by dd Maucher is also on view. More event details here.
Sunday, September 20th 4pm - East Village Community Garden Passport (MoRUS Family Programming)
Stop by the Museum for a copy of your Community Garden Passport, which will map out different sustainable gardens in East Village. If you gather the stamps from all the gardens, return the full passport to the museum and receive a prize! MoRUS will have a small opening on Sunday September 20th, but come in anytime on the 20th or after to pick up a copy of your passport and complete your tours.
Friday, September 25th, 6pm - Climate Week NYC Exhibit Tour
Join us for a special outdoor and indoor exhibition tour. Since this event is part of Climate Week NYC 2020, we’ll see some climate savvy complexes and community spaces that represent best practices in the East Village with speakers including JK Canepa of Village East Tower, Marga Snyder of La PLaza Cultural, Irene Meisel of MoRUS and Wendy Brawer, founder of Green Map System. Meeting outside the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space at 6pm, this 90 minutes tour will provide unique insight and context to the Green Map movement. Please RSVP here.
Friday, October 2, 2pm - OGM2 Demo Online!
Find out about Open Green Map 2, the new mapping platform, now in Beta, and how you can use it for your own local Green Map projects with the developers at the Berlin-based GIS Collective. Featuring Green Mapmakers already using the OGM2 mapping platform! Here's the Zoom link. This demo will be repeated on first Fridays - Nov 6 and Dec 4 at 2pm ET.
Saturday October 17th, 3pm (rain date 10/18) - Green Map Cycling Tour
This Green Map bike tour will highlight green infrastructure in the East Village. Let’s meet at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, then track underwater streams and traverse the original shore line into East River Park, which is slated for demolition this fall. Guest speaker Fannie Ip from EastRiverParkAction.org as well as maps from the past (and for the future) will help us chart the physical changes and gain perspective on current resiliency challenges and movements. Limited to 8 riders - with distancing & masks. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to take this tour on your own? Use the self-guided tour we made for Open House New York!
Friday, November 6, 2pm - OGM2 Demo Online! (check the time locally)
Find out about Open Green Map 2, the new mapping platform, now in Beta, and how you can use it for your own local Green Map projects with the developers at the Berlin-based GIS Collective. Featuring Green Mapmakers already using OGM2! Bring your questions and share your experiences with the developers. We welcome workflow and feature suggestions. As you can see, the group is often small enough to get all your questions answered!