Summery Summary

We’ve been out and about, helping new projects get rolling, distributing our newest map, and getting involved with planning for September’s days of action, around the United Nations and across the city. 

NYC: A Climate Emergency was declared June 26th. 3 weeks later, our Refresh LES Green Map was published, both as a PDF and as a folding map. Pairing cool, healthy and free places with energy saving and urban heat island information, 2,500 copies, printed with help from LES Ready, went like ‘hot cakes’! Check it out at, and find places, indoors and out, to be comfortable while the summer sun is baking the city.

Download Refresh LES today in English. Thanks to volunteers, the Spanish version will be posted soon. In keeping with our new open source policy, the file is available for making your own version. We hope NYC’s first Cool Green Map inspires other neighborhoods and cities to consider making their own in time for the next heat wave. 

OGM2: Lots of progress is being made on our new mapping platform. OGM2 is the second version of Green Map’s own ‘social mapping platform’. We’re testing it in the field before Bogdan Szabo and Ciprian Samoila deliver the first public talks about it at FOSS4G, the open mapping conference. We look forward to moving this platform into every day usage in the coming months.

Stuyvesant & Hudson NY: A brand new Green Map project is getting underway upstate. Started by artist Sandra Kopenen, the group includes people involved in much-needed regenerative growing. This map will share a regional story that includes everything from community food forests, edible landscapes, youth, flower and carbon farms. We’ll be sharing a link soon! 

Azabu University, Japan: We are delighted that the students of Fumiyo Murayama will be creating a new Green Map, with a featured event in the Nanasawa Forest Park this fall. They are also creating the Japanese version of the SDGs - Green Map Icon matching chart (you can see two of the 17 SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) in the top image. We are always inspired by Japanese Green Mapmakers: The Cool Share Map inspired Refresh LES and we even borrowed the Go Green Map logo from one of the books created in 2010 by Aichi Green Map!




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