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River Raisin Institute's Resilient Monroe Green Map initiative

It wasn't very long ago that the River Raisin Institute registered and voila! Thanks to the project team of Kelly Salchow-MacArthur, designer; Danielle Conroyd, Sharon Venier, Brittany Santure, the new Green Map is making quite a splash - here's a post from the team at RRI, and you can download and enjoy the map below. We love how it's packaged up, ready for collecting your own observations and favorite sites!

RESILIENT MONROE GREEN MAP PROJECT

Our Resilient Monroe Green Map initiative goals are to:read more »

Launched! Mapping our Common Ground, V3

On May 31, 2018, Green Mapmakers celebrated the debut of Mapping our Common Ground, third edition in two locations, simultaneously! Download your copy free at bit.ly/MCG18-pdf!

• The main event took place at an international conference in Budapest, Hungary. Maeve Lydon of the Common Ground Community Mapping network and Crystal Tremblay of University of Victoria presented the eBooklet at the morning session of the Living Knowledge Network - Science Shops

• The Bistrita Green Map was launched by the Asociația Harta Verde România at the same time. Since co-author Wendy Brawer was taking part along with program coordinator Ciprian Samoila, the new Mapping our Common Ground was also introduced to this local audience at the beautiful Biblioteca Judeteana Bistrita-Nasaud.

Updated and expanded, this free 64-page eBooklet is a comprehensive guide based on the participatory community and Green Mapping experiences of the Common Ground Community Mapping network, the University of Victoria Community Mapping Collaboratory in Canada, and the worldwide Green Map network. Our thanks to dozens of Green Map projects and global partners that contributed to this third edition.

Download the presentation below!

Co-produced and written by Wendy Brawer, Ken Josephson and Maeve Lydon. Originally published in 2006 with a Spanish version produced in 2007, this 2018 updated edition reflects the progress made in community mapping and technologies, featuring campus curriculum and research, digital technologies, participatory planning and co-development, and more.

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New! Animated Stickers

This Earth Day, we decided to test a new way to engage millennials and others who use social media. Here's how to pitch In!

Let everyone know about your positive eco actions this Earth Day weekend! ... and help spread the word about Green Map.

Add these Animated Stickers to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, as well as your blog, text messages, emails, iMessages, etc.

Get them all in many formats at Giphy.com/GreenMap, with a selection here on this page (shortcut bit.ly/GIFgmED. You can use the text in the box to embed them (more tips below).

Green Map Icons are featured on these Stickers. Please tag your posts #GreenMap or @GreenMap so we can see your contribution to this experiment!

Follow the story at facebook.com/greenmap or twitter.com/greenmap! Questions and comments welcome at info at greenmap.org

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NYC Ranger Conservation Corps' Mapmaking

When the first Green Map of NYC was made back in 1992, people were surprised to see there actually was nature in the city. We realized the importance of promoting our wealth of parks, beaches and other natural places as a way to promote ‘staycations’, support engagement, protect the wilderness, reduce sprawl and improve quality of life, across the board.

That’s why we are especially excited to share the first Green Map made by the Manhattan Ranger Conservation Corps! Created with a cool after-school program run by the Urban Park Rangers of NYC Parks, you can check out their map at OpenGreenMap.org/greenmap/conservationcorps. It provides an enticing look at the lovely places that host classes, walks and workshops. Join the Urban Park Rangers on an upcoming program – there’s a calendar full of terrific events on the NYC Parks website - it’s quite remarkable!

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UN 2030 SDGs

We have been developing a unique, community-based approach to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Popularly known as the SDGs, and recognized with the rainbow ring that signifies the 17 priorities, you can review our project here: bit.ly/SDGGM.

As our network expands the uses of the SDGs, we are adding them to a Slideshow. With both actual and aspirational projects, we hope these applications will inspire you.

Download the poster that compares Green Map Icons to the SDGs in English and French. Soon, this chart will be available in Chinese! Want to pitch in on another language or develop an experience or application with us? We look forward to hearing from you!

SDGs via GIPHYread more »

Ahead to 2018

Mapping for Change in 2018
A Green Map Update!
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Make our 2018 powerful

Put a healthy, sustainable future on the map! Please contribute today.
Story Map by Jake Greenberg (Brandeis 2018) made during his summer with us at Green Map

We are coming to the end of a difficult year for the environment. At Green Map, our work to engage people at the local level is more important than ever!read more »

TED Talk!

2017 began in an exciting way - our founding director and Green Map were selected for a TED Residency. Now after a wonderful stint working at TED being connected with new ideas, new media and great people, we are delighted to present Wendy’s TED Talk.

This talk shares the future of Green Map, which has gone ‘open source’ to encourage fresh new kinds of mapping and projects that advance our mission of inclusive participation in sustainable, resilient community development. We’re excited to see what this new approach (with a Creative Commons 4.0 license that invites users to freely use the Green Map Icons on non-commercial projects of any kind, adapt and share them provided that you give credit to Green Map System (yes, we are happy to discuss commercial uses, too!). More on this in our soon to launch new website! read more »

At PECSII in Mexico with Green Map

(ver español debajo) In November 2017, Mapa Verde Irapuato and Green Map System joined the PECSII conference on "Ecosystem Change and Society" in Oaxaca Mexico. For us, it was a great opportunity to think more widely about the benefits Green Mapmakers provide to nature as well as community.


In the session on tools and strategies for sustainable cities, Wendy Brawer, our director opened with a 10 minute presentation on the global program, highlighting themes around participatory regeneration, climate change and Latin America, especially Cuba and Brazil. Her talk included the latest local initiative from New York, which is testing the waters of ‘going open’ with placemaking activities. read more »

Climate for Change - Our Actions & Events

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A Green Map Update!
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Climate on our Mind

think global, map local!

With extreme flooding, record-breaking hurricanes, and too many places under threat, climate action remains our gravest challenge. How can we, together, best face this existential crisis?

Let's do more for our home planet. Join us at three events listed below. 

At Green Map, we have worked to reduce climate impacts at the community level since Day One, providing a direct means to communicate local options for sustainable living and towards a healthier, more just and lovable city.  As we give people the tools needed to conduct local eco-assessments, we equip them to make real change, shifting perspectives about community assets and liabilities and contributing to positive, cross-cutting actions with across the board benefits. 

Climate-themed Green Maps have been made in Thailand, South Korea, Spain and other places, as presented at the Crisismappers conference.
In addition, we have placed climate action on many NYC Green Maps and encouraged more engagement through events, media and consulting. Indeed, every Green Map we've made has included energy efficiency and renewables!read more »

Virtual Mapping of Public Libraries

After thinking about which public spaces in my local community have had the biggest impact on me, I considered one which has helped me further my education and bolstered my enjoyment of reading: my public library! The Northern New Jersey Public Libraries Map highlights this invaluable resource which encourages literacy, education, research, and social interaction, all for free.

With this community resource in mind, I started to think about how to map them. After doing some research, I discovered that my local library was part of a larger system called the Bergen County Community Library System (BCCLS), and found the organization’s website extremely helpful. After finding the names and addresses of all the local public libraries, I knew I needed to find their coordinates to map them, so I used the geocoding platform, My Geo Position. With all of this information on a spreadsheet, I was ready to publish the northern New Jersey libraries on the Open Green Map platform, and after a few days of data entry had an interactive Green Map with 80 sites!read more »