Our NYC Green Maps
We have been publishing printed Green Maps since 1992. A selection of these maps made by us is followed by some of the Green Maps created throughout the city by other nonprofits, community and student groups.
Lower East Ride Green Maps
The first of our new series of Lower East Ride Green Maps and Cycling Tours is designed to highlight resiliency resources on the Lower East Side and along East River Park. In the hands of urban designer Maryam Khabazi, our Adapting to Change edition took shape in partnership with Partnership for Park's East River Park Catalyst Coordinator for Greenway Activities. Local organizations including Time's Up, Lower East Side Ecology Center and Bike New York are also involved with this 2013 initiative. This map debuted in English in May 2013, celebrating Bike Month! It was followed by Chinese and Spanish editions to serve our community members - we also made posters! The tour series is announced on Facebook.com/lower.east.ride. Please suggest new sites to the interactive OpenGreenMap.org/lowereastride!
Less = More NYC
A youth-focused Green Map that explores ways younger New Yorkers can reduce both their consumption and their waste. Highlighting places in New York City that are pioneering creative reuse, this map explores organizations that are taking what would otherwise go to a landfill and finding ways to give it new life and value. The map walks through the different resources and tools available for responsibly getting rid of old junk and for low-impact ways of getting new stuff. We are delighted to have Con Edison's support. To further empower young people to reduce waste and consumption, later, we made the 'Good Clothes' Green Map (thrift stores & more).
Composting Green Map of Manhattan
In collaboration with Lower East Side Ecology Center, we published 3 editions of this map to raise the status of composting in Manhattan. Highlighting places to learn about and drop off compostable kitchen and garden scraps and the value of the rich soil that results, our promotion of this energy- and resource-saving process led to a 200 to 300% increase in the amounts dropped off at LESEC’s sites. We have also created an interactive version that includes the whole city at OpenGreenMap.org/compostNYC. We invite you to add new composting sites and help more people take part. Let’s close the loop and create more potential for local food, verdant gardens and parks!
Powerful Green Map
Inspired by the Great Blackout of 2003, this Green Map was created to promote energy awareness and action in New York. It took us 2.5 years to complete it as new energy, conservation and climate change resources were popping up all over the city. Published in February 2006, this maps includes three citywide views showing the impacts of our current energy choices, everyday and easy things you can do to conserve energy, and smart energy investments. Explore and contribute to the interactive version today!
LoMap is our colorful Lower Manhattan Youth Green Map. It brings together the perspectives of 250 youth from different neighborhoods, backgrounds and age groups (from 7 to 19) responding project leader Beth Ferguson’s introduction in 20 schools and clubs. The LoMap methodology was created to involve as many youth as possible in Green Mapmaking. It resulted in a manual to replicate the process as well as printed and digital LoMaps published on paper and on-line in April 2001. LoMap was updated and reprinted in summer 2004 with many new sites and features, including a Spanish, Chinese and English legend reflecting the diversity of the families living downtown. Download printable sections or our interactive PDF and see why it’s one of the most popular maps we have created.
Citywide 2000 Green Apple Map
We’ve distributed more than 350,000 copies of our city-wide Green Apple Maps to longtime New Yorkers, students, visitors as well as Mapmakers around the world since 1992. Each of the editions sparked discovery and personal involvement, greener daily choices, cultural understanding and encouraged successful models to take root in new communities. We’ve archived all 5 of these editions and include a printable version of the 2000 map. With so many great changes in NYC, we discovered too many sites to include on a single sheet of paper, so theme, neighborhood and interactive editions have been created in the new millennium.
Mapa Verde Del Barrio Chino and Neighborhood Close Ups!
Mapa Verde Del Barrio Chino was created by Carlos Martinez for his university thesis research project on Urban Ecotourism and the revitalization of public spaces during his first year with us (he later became staff, then a board member). It may be the first map of Chinatown produced in Spanish! We have also created an oversized postcard Lower East Side Green Map, and walking tour maps for Hell’s Kitchen and our office’s East Village neighborhoods, the latter created by our summer ‘semi-virtual’ interns in 2011.
1992 Green Apple Maps
Creator: Modern World Design
The original Green Apple Maps sparked the global movement! With 143 green sites, it debuted on March 21, 1992 and was positively received by New Yorkers and visitors (especially those who came to prepare for the United Nations Earth Summit). The edition attached here was made in response to the many suggestions we received, and it debuted in December 1992. Green Map NYC has continued to be one of the "flagship" Green Maps, functioning as a proving ground for the global Green Map program while connecting locals to NYC's environment, cultural and sustainability resources. Sites from these first editions even appear on our current ‘social map’ - your suggestions, comments and images are welcome additions. These first Green Maps were created by Modern World Design, which is the eco-design consultancy led by Wendy Brawer that started Green Map System and spun it off as a non profit in 2000.
Green Maps Made by Others
With so many great communities in NYC, it’s a pleasure to work with a diversity of partners who create their own Green Maps. We welcome more schools and groups that would like to get involved, too!
Velo-City East River
Creator: Velo City
As part of their experience with Velo-City, a cycling-oriented planning and urban design education organization, youth cyclists have created a Green Map of the East River Park during its redevelopment. Velo-City is one of our partners in the Local Spokes coalition.
Newtown Creek Green Map
Creator: East River Apprentice Shop
Youth charted Newtown Creek, one of our most polluted waterways in 2003 with the East River Apprenticeshop, a program that taught boat building, seamanship and communications. This Green Map has been a popular download ever since. The Creek, which separates Brooklyn and Queens at the East River, is slowly being restored to a healthy waterway.
Space to Breathe
Creator: Recycle a Bicycle
Two Green Maps were created at Recycle-A-Bicycle’s Inwood shop in upper Manhattan in 2003 and 2004, on local food - Sprout to Action - and on air pollution and asthma - Space to Breath. Both are bilingual, in Spanish and English. We especially appreciate how this map is composed, incorporating tree cover and asthma maps into the youth perspective on a health issue that impacts nearly every family in the area.
Go Green NYC
Creator: Recycle A Bicycle
Getting around without motor vehicles is the theme of this map. It charts car-free mobility options, as well as impediments to safe cycling. The youth invented the awesome ‘Demand Man’ and explored Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island during the mapmaking process in 2002.
Creator: Recycle a Bicycle
This 4 week summer project resulted is a great little map questioning the lack of public access to the East River waterfront in Brooklyn. Published in 2001, this map was a poignant part of the campaign involving the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and neighborhood organizations. Today there are great new parks all along this map’s route, as well as the Brooklyn Greenway-in-development.
Are We Trashing the Apple
Creator: Recycle A Bicycle
This Year 2000 project took on an important topic, waste. As part of the process, RAB youth charted the city's Garbage Crisis and proposed transfer stations that would impact low-income communities along the waterfront. This map became part of the campaign that successfully stopped the poorly planned waste transfer stations and the estimated 5000 truck trips per day they’d bring. However, New Yorkers are still inept when it comes to waste reduction and recycling, with less than 20% of our enormous waste stream making it into the right bin.
Pedaling Brooklyn's Gardens
Creator: Recycle A Bicycle
This is one of the very first youth-made Green Maps in the world!! Educator Roy Arezzo and middle school students worked to create a bicycle tour and presentations to the Community Board to celebrate and protect Greenpoint-Williamsburg's community gardens. Published in 1999, this map is one of the reasons our global program at GreenMap.org/youth exists!