New Grantee: Green Map System

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Student Seton and Hoboken Green Maps 2010

Along with Gallery Aferro and Lustig Dance Theatre, we welcome new grantee Green Map System.

Through the Sustainable Jersey program, Green Maps will mobilize communities to develop their own Green Map projects, cataloging green living, nature and cultural resources in their neighborhoods. The sophisticated map making (in multiple platforms and mediums) can cut through political barriers, bring diverse perspectives to light and empower communities to take a deep look at their community assets. It’s also a promising tool for communities where language differences can limit collaborative work: Green Maps has extensive experience in multi-lingual gatherings and mapping exercises.

Green Map LogoIn Jersey City, Dodge learned that the local food Green Map was a galvanizing force in moving the City to focus on urban agriculture. It served as an action plan and united a number of stakeholder groups. Incorporating this process into Sustainable Jersey will encourage town “Green Teams” to take action, and it holds promise for increasing the number of towns certified by the Sustainable Jersey program. Furthermore, green mapping communities will also enable Sustainable Jersey to gather important data which can feed into the development of community indicators of program success related to civic engagement, effective public services, cultural education, and land use, among others.

For more information on Green Map System, please visit their website.

Is your town participating in Sustainable Jersey? Check here.

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One Response to New Grantee: Green Map System

  1. Wendy Brawer says:

    Many thanks to the Dodge Foundation and Sustainable Jersey – we are looking forward to working with everyone. And thank you for sharing through the Dodge Blog a glimpse of Jersey City’s Farms in the City visioning session mixing appreciative inquiry methods and Green Mapmaking – a remarkable city-community network including Washington Park Association, City Planning, JC Food Coop, Riverview Community Gardens, Greater Good Giving and many other groups and individuals made this such a powerful event! Working together long before Green Map System got involved, we’re so glad to have become part of a truly catalytic session and able to contribute to the ongoing development of the program (brief video http://bit.ly/jcfitc). 

    At http://GreenMap.org/jerseycity you can explore the interactive map created by Richard Williams. You can also add your own viewpoints, images and videos to any site on the map. And you can suggest new sites as you visit them using your smart phone. 

    We’re also pleased that you have featured Green Maps made by Seton Hall University graphic design student Jenna Giambalvo and her colleague Dena Zapoluch, both of whom took part in our summer 2010 internship program.

    We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with all of you. Check online in May for information about June 29’s introductory workshop, webinars and much more.

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