Now in over 50 countries, Green Map System’s evolution since 1995 includes development of a universal iconography for maps and erring on the simpler side to keep everything accessible and adaptable for local communities as they chart the full range of green living, nature, social, and cultural sites on hundreds of locally published Green Maps.
Encouraging diverse participation that counters climate change, supports vibrant biodiversity, and addresses local social and cultural challenges, each Green Map is a guide and inventory, an authentic expression of community character/change and a perception-changing landscape of hope.
Moving from tool and exchange development to creating one Global Green Map that merges these local sites, routes and resources for sustainable living with those researched and contributed by the public and content partners in 2008 changes our dynamic.
How can Where 2.0 impact this multilingual, multiformat locative guide/archive’s development and usefulness in all parts of the world? What can new collaborations learn from our history? And how can all our work contribute to a healthier, more vibrant future for all, forever?
Wendy E. Brawer is a New York-based designer, public educator and director. She is best known as creator of NYC’s Green Apple Map and as founder and director of the award-winning Green Map System, which has energized communities in over 50 countries to chart a sustainable future. In addition to producing maps and related websites (GreenMap.org, GreenAppleMap.org), books, exhibits and presentations, Wendy has taught, spoken and written on eco-design internationally since 1990. Her diverse consulting and production projects for Times Square, Liberty Science Center, and others have promoted renewable energy and highlighted waste reduction. She was Designer in Residence at Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 1997 and a 2005 Terre de Femme/Woman of Earth. Wendy chaired the national eco-committee for the Industrial Designers Society of America and co-founded O2 NYC in the mid-nineties. Find more at EcoCultural.info.
Thomas Turnbull has been Green Map System’s technology developer for a year. He built GreenMap.org as a web2.0 site using Drupal, and an API, and is now developing the Global Green Map. With a MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, his background is in public sustainability education as well as web development.