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Green Map Impacts Book


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This book shares the story of key impacts of locally-led Green Map projects in a dozen countries. Conceived and originally published in Japanese by Green Map Aichi and Green Map Japan in 2008, the global organization Green Map System published the English edition in 2009. Each story is written by a local author. The book can be purchased at and more about the outcomes of Green Mapmaking can be seen at

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Green Map Impacts Book

  1. 1. Reinvigorating communities around the world
  2. 2. Introduction Keiko Nakagawa (Director of Green Map Aichi) and Misako Yomosa (Executive Director of Green Map Japan, Inc.) conceptualized the Green Map Impacts book project in 2007 in order to help people worldwide see and understand the many tangible results that can stem from Green Mapmaking. The publication of a Green Map is not the end of the process, rather it is the starting point for a new appreciation of and engagement with community sustainability. With this book, you can feel the awareness and involvement of Mapmakers and their communities grow as positive environmental changes take place around the globe. Green Map Impacts started out with articles from the Aichi, Japan region, the prefecture that hosted the successful nature-themed Aichi Expo 2005. This book then expanded to include a selection of global Green Map impacts. Each story is written by local experts and provides first-hand insight into how their Green Map projects impacted biodiversity, education, community building, public planning, workplace practices and more. We hope Green Map Impacts’ stories will provide guidance for improving the environment and supporting climate- smart actions in your community. We invite you to get involved locally by creating and/or using Green Maps, too! Find more about each Green Map project at Find this book and additional impacts at What is a Green Map? A Green Map® is a locally-made map that uses Green Map Icons to highlight sustainability sites, path- ways and resources in communities worldwide. Green living, nature, social innovation and cultural sites can be comprehensively charted or Green Map Impacts presented as theme Green Maps Published on 100% recycled paper by: Green Map System Copyright © Green Map System, Inc. 2009 designed for residents and visitors. Whether printed locally or PO Box 249 Green Map Icons and logo are copyright © presented on the Open Green Map New York, NY USA 10002-0249 Green Map System, Inc. 2008. All rights reserved. social mapping platform, each offers Email: Green Map® is a registered trademark and a fresh perspective and engages Tel: +1 212 674 1631 service mark of Green Map System, Inc. and is action for a sustainable future. used with permission.
  3. 3. Table of Contents Starting with the original Green Map and concluding with the project that originated this book, ten global and nine Japanese vignettes are presented here: 1. Compost Map of Manhattan 17. Osu Expo Money USA - Regenerating NYC’s Natural Environment JAPAN - “Expo Money” and “2R”: Advancing with Compost the Green Consumer with Two Green Maps 2. Rokujogata Tideland Green Map 19. Green Map Mandala Borobudur JAPAN - Protecting Tideland from Landfill Plan INDONESIA - Preserve Traditional Culture Assets 3. Green Map Kamakura 20. TanShui River Corridor Green Map JAPAN - Finding Harmony in the City where TAIWAN - Wetland Restoration in Taipei County Contemporary and Classic Live Together 21. Santa Monica and the Ballona Watershed 5. Victoria and Region Community Green Map USA - Charting the Watershed, City and Bay CANADA - Our Common Ground – Green Map Story and Community Impacts 23. Maioka Kashio Green Map for Seniors JAPAN - Senior Views Unite Community 7. Pereira Green Map COLOMBIA - A Hopeful Environmental Education 24. Green Map Owariasahi Resource for Public Schools JAPAN - The Walkable Community: City Planning Through Green Mapmaking 9. Tokyo Cycling Green Map JAPAN - Promoting Bicycling with aTech-savvy 25. Hama Chari Road Map Green Map JAPAN - Rediscovering the Human-Scale in Yokohama 11. Green Map in over 60 Cities 26. Dear Green Place THAILAND - Stop Global Warming Initiatives UNITED KINGDOM - Reusables Categorized and Mapped 13. Green Map Icons - Version 3 GLOBAL CONNECTIONS - Green Map.’s 27. More Unique Impacts Universal Symbol System Links All Sites and Maps INDONESIA, CANADA, CHINA, CHILE 15. Delta Electronics Green Map 28. Aichi’s Many Green Map Projects - Uniting INTERNATIONAL - Charting Change in the the Prefecture & Green Map Impacts Credits Workplace and Impacting 60,000
  4. 4. 1. Compost Green Map of Manhattan | Manhattan, New York, USA Regenerating NYC’s Natural Environment with Compost Green Map System | Author: Green Map System Background: Green Map System’s own Local Green Apple Map Project The New York City Green Apple cessed nearby, and the resulting rich Map project is the original Green soil helps to beautify green spaces. Map. The fifth citywide edition was The map charted drop-off sites and published, in early 2006 with energy places to learn about composting as its theme. A casual discussion at schools, community gardens and about everyday efficiency led to the other public locations. Side two co-creation of the Compost Green introduces waste separation and Map of Manhattan in partner- worm bin composting at home, ship with Lower East Side Ecology work, school or outdoors. Center (LESEC). LESEC runs the The map’s compost-colored island’s oldest composting program, design includes an interesting fact providing education and collecting - it’s 100% wind powered! Green the public’s kitchen scraps and plant Map System’s office, the printer and waste at Union Square Greenmar- the paper company all chose wind ket, NYC’s busiest farmers market. as their energy source. Both a PDF Together, the two organiza- and 100% recycled paper editions tions put composting on the map were created. A Green Apple com- because it is a great way for New posting cycling tour and events with Yorkers to save energy, reduce LESEC introduced this small but Compost Green Map of Manhattan, first waste and help the environment. surprising map to New Yorkers. edition, 2006 Compostables are naturally pro- Impacts: Changing Waste Reduction’s Status The map’s debut event Composting gained respect and the 30,000 printed copies have been map was in demand. By the time distributed, and thousands of people the second edition was published in have downloaded the PDF and vis- 2007, the amount of compostable ited online composting case studies. food scraps collected at LESEC’s Because of this map, staff Greenmarket stand had tripled! at Green Map System put a worm The third edition includes a link to composting bin in the closet to reduce waste every day! The organi- where an interactive citywide edi- zation has found that this narrowly tion is taking focused Green Map is ideal for shape on explaining the concept of mapping Green Map sustainability to beginners, and have System’s new shared the map’s graphics and les- social map- sons learned though partnering with ping platform. the global Green Map movement.
  5. 5. 2. Rokujogata Tideland Green Map (2006) | Mikawa Bay, Aichi, JAPAN Protecting Tideland from Landfill Development Ise Mikawa Bay Area Network | Author: Yoshie Usami Background: Reassessing Coastal Natural Resources Unlike rivers and streets that are closer to our lives, changes in the sea coastline are harder to detect. A community group decided to work to protect the coastline, and formed Ise Mikawa Bay Area Network the Rokujogata Tideland Green Map project to assess the natural envi- ronment of Ise and Mikawa Basin Impacts: Green Map as a Communication Tool on the coast of Aichi prefecture. The that Protects Endangered Environments area’s rich ecological resources were being destroyed by the city’s devel- Rokujogata, a tideland located When the landfill plans were made opment plan for continuous landfill on the outlet of the Toyo River, is public, the Green Map team spoke development in this natural area. known for its clams. Aichi is proud up, hoping to stop the plan by to be the number one producer. promoting the unknown treasures Rokujogata Tideland Green Map (2006) of the area and the possible dam- age the landfill could bring to the tideland and clam cultivation. As a result, the team successfully educat- ed people on the issues. The media began to take interest in the issue and the landfill program came to a halt. Clams are the treasure of Rokujogata
  6. 6. 3. Green Map Kamakura (2005) | Kamakura, Kanagawa, JAPAN Finding Harmony in the City where the Contemporary and Classic Live Together Green Map Kamakura | Author: Shinsuke Shimao, Kamakura Green Map KAMAKURA Background: Through the Lens of Four Distinct Eras Shrine/temple site What is the most suitable and best map was filled gradually as the team way to promote the environment collected more information. in the unique and historical city of As the research progressed, Kamakura? With this question in the team realized each site be- mind, the Green Mapmaking team longed to one of the four different set the direction of the map as a eras: The Original Natural Land- resource suggesting a future model scape, Medieval Era, Modern Week- of Kamakura. end Resort Era and Postmodern The mapmaking took place Tourism and Residence Era. Each in large workshops with field re- site’s icon was placed on a color- search and discussions, while small coded flag indicating its era. Several groups and individuals collected local icons were created to highlight missing information. A shared draft Kamakura’s unique features. On-street sidewalk with local icon Classic style mailbox (bottom) Green Map Kamakura and color coding (right)
  7. 7. Impacts: Kamakura’s Hidden Charm Emerges Original local and Green Map Icons Through field research and catego- ing profound tranquility, the roji is rization, the mapmakers began to exactly how Kamakurans remember define Kamakura’s charm. It was those days. Also, the team paid at- universally agreed that the sites that tention to the decreasing number of the team had found were important classic cylindrical mailboxes, which to preserve and highlight. were common during the Meiji era. More challenging than mere- The map gave life to previ- ly recognizing historical architecture ously invisible sites and subsequently such as temples and shrines, they suggested guidelines for an improve- worked to identify other important ment plan. Fresh concepts of ways Curved pathway sites that represent the unique im- to better harmonize the old and the age of Kamakura. For instance, “Roji”, new arose as a focus for the com- narrow back streets, represent an munity. This idea was generated by era when wealthy Tokyo residents the environmental analysis that took sought weekend houses in the area. place during the mapmaking pro- Their narrow design was intentional, cess. As a result, the map became allowing pedestrians to walk without the strategic tool to create the the interference of cars. Retain- future of Kamakura. History and site details on the back of the map date back to 1180 (below) Narrow back street Architectural treasure Stone monument
  8. 8. 5.Victoria and Region Community Green Map | Greater Victoria, British Columbia CANADA Our Common Ground – Green Map Story and Community Impacts University of Victoria Geography Department and the Office of Community Based Research | Author: Maeve Lydon, Common Ground Background: We Make the Place by Mapping! The Victoria and Region Green Map project began in 1999 as the first spatial regional profile of community and environmental assets and initiatives. Common Ground’s enthusiastic newly formed team of communi- ty activists, students and planners worked with dynamo cartographer Ken Josephson and the University of Victoria Geography Department. Making a visually and symbolically beautiful map that accurately portrayed the region and honoured the richness of the indigenous First Nations heritage took five years to complete. First Nations artists provided the map’s original place names and local native motifs, and the map includes colorful vignettes that illustrate how community mapping has applications from health research to ensuring that 20,000 pounds of fruit from backyard trees would be picked for food banks. Victoria and Region Green Map (right) (Left) Early Childhood “Play” Map” 2007 What is Common Ground? The Common Ground Community Mapping project began officially in 1998, stemming from several projects with local and global relevance and connections. A diverse group of people interested in sustainability, popular education, bioregionalism, green-, asset- and parish-mapping, aboriginal worldviews and rights, conservation, participatory learning, and GIS converged around the common interest in getting citizens of all ages involved in mapping and planning their communities. Together they named the project ‘Our Common Ground.’
  9. 9. (Left) Haida Gwaii Map: Northern Haida Gwaii – (an unpublished community research project: “Mapping with First Nations” 2006 Common Ground also travelled to Cuba in 2003 and participated in Havana mural mapping with the outstanding Mapa Verde Cuba network. (below) Impacts: Join the “Mad Mappers Tea Party!” Green Mapmaking became a wide- “Mapping our Common Ground” Common Ground’s next steps spread regional networking and book in English, Spanish (and soon, include more systematic training, a visioning process about sustainability Portuguese!). learning-based website, integrating involving 25 different groups as a Participatory processes using community and Green Mapmaking result of Common Ground’s out- maps began to be seen by institu- into school and university curricula reach. Hundreds of participants have tional, community and academics and connecting mapmakers in com- gone on to develop smaller maps: alike as a viable planning tool and munities and universities throughout schools, street recycling (binners), Green Map System greatly assisted the Americas. neighborhoods, sensitive ecosystems in legitimizing that view. There is also The work of Common (Haida Gwaii). Seven other regional an increased public awareness of Ground is never finished. The road Green Maps have been printed to indigenous place names, published is made by walking, the place (the date; there is a webmap and our for the first time on a regional map. map), is made by mapping…and the territory is infinite! (Above) A booklet of mapmaking knowhow The process of creating the map is as important as the product. (right)
  10. 10. 7. Pereira Green Map (2007) | Pereira, COLOMBIA A Hopeful Environmental Education Resource for Public Schools Fundación Geovida / Author: Carlos Martinez, Green Map System Mapas Verdes charting school buildings and surrounding areas made in 2007 (left). Students created a unique portable mural (below) Background: Green Maps as Environmental Tools for Low-income Youth Under the leadership and interdis- are priorities, among other issues. puses and surrounding neighbor- ciplinary approach of Fundación The project aimed to hoods. They distributed a total of Geovida, a Colombian non-profit provide a holistic lesson plan with 5,000 printed Green Maps. organization, the primary motiva- hands-on environmental activi- As tangible outcomes, these tion for this project was to help ties appropriate for different ages maps offer a message of inspira- low-income youth express their and educational needs, tailored to tion that increases the awareness concerns and hopes for the local one rural school, Institución Edu- of government and policy makers environment to their peers, educa- cativa Gonzalo Mejía Echeverry, as to the demands of youth. Each tors, older community members, and two urban public schools, passes on local knowledge as inter- journalists and policy-makers. Colegio Deogracias Cardona and preted by the student mapmakers Pereira is a traditional cof- Institución Educativa Suroriental and motivates other communities fee growing eco-region facing rapid Gustavo Arango Garrido. in Colombia and around the planet and unsustainable development. Each school developed a to develop projects like this one. Air and water pollution as well as “mobile Green Map mural” that threats to open and public spaces was presented around their cam-
  11. 11. Improve street safety and public spaces with special consideration Recover youth of a former landfill now used for recreation areas recreation next to one of the threatened by landslides. participating schools. Develop an art program Pereira youth demands Presenting the maps and Take action for a findings for beautification of polluted stream with public meeting spots with reforestation and murals and mosaics. environmental projects. Plan a problem-solving project with a multi-ethnic community displaced by violence. Impacts: Creating a Colombian Model for Stronger Public Schools Linking Environmental Education and Community Development Networks A massive number of young Map- adoption of a new contextual envi- teamwork. The students also be- makers participated in experiential ronmental curriculum in a growing came active participants in a de- trainings, environmental activities number of schools, and developing lightful online blog that promotes and workshops about the sites and a regional youth mapmaking net- their perceptions and progress us- situations they were charting. They work that will assist schools with ing new and traditional media tools. became engaged in issues related their neighborhood Green Map The power of environ- to cartography; sustainable agricul- projects. mental communication has itself ture, food security, reforestation and Fundacion Geovida is also become a movement with a mes- hydroponics, recycling and waste planning an exchange program with sage, framed by the maps and their management; eco-literacy, social re- Green Map projects in the global iconography. The messengers in this sponsibility and critical assessment; movement. Their aim is to share particular case are young leaders design and communications; arts youth visions of their local environ- spreading knowledge and demand- and painting, etc. ments, to understand the differ- ing a better, more eco-friendly Their field trips identified ences, and to develop solutions to world for everyone. elements of natural and cultural common environmental concerns. significance as well as environmen- tal justice hot spots. Youth became Impacts on the youth in- mentors, carrying their first hand volved in this experience included experience into their homes and the creation of their own sense of classrooms, multiplying the num- place and the facilitation of dialogue ber of voices calling for action and that transformed their views of the change. environment in both their academic After the seeds were plant- and personal lives. ed, it was time for harvest. Based on New skills include painting this pilot, Fundacion Geovida began and visual communications skills, building the foundation for the research, advocacy, leadership and Young mapmakers in field research
  12. 12. 9. Tokyo Cycling Green Map (2007) | Tokyo, JAPAN Promoting Bicycling with a Tech-savvy Green Map Urban Ecology Tokyo, Tama Art University | Author: Masahiro Horiuchi, Urban Ecology Tokyo Background: Sightseeing by Bicycle It is popular among Tokyo residents to work hard during the week, then take a weekend drive to the countryside. What they don’t real- ize is that the amount of gas used on their 100 km round-trip drive to Mount Fuji generates 35 kg of CO2. It takes three cedar trees a full year to absorb this amount of CO2. The Tokyo Cycling Green Map was inspired by a desire to promote al- ternatives to the weekend drive that would be fun and rewarding. The first Tokyo Cycling (Above) The online map was designed to Map offered information on bicycle exchange information among bicycle riders repair shops, bicycle rentals and hot in Tokyo area. It provides fun interactive spas. Recommended cycling routes experience. had fewer cars and traffic. These ‘traffic calmed’ routes were often (Middle) Traditional alley in Tokyo’s Mu- missing from traditional maps, since kojima neighborhood. Bicycling provides a those maps were usually designed detailed view while sightseeing. with drivers in mind. The idea was to make (Bottom) Tokyo Earth Day Ride that people feel comfortable taking a began in 2003 is now held every year long distance trip by bicycle without on Earth Day on April 22. having to worry about breakdowns or getting lost. Soon, an interactive web and new printed editions are version was set up for registered distributed to local newspa- users to add new and useful infor- pers, municipal offices, rental mation. The accumulated site and bicycle shops and at Earth route information is then charted Day events.
  13. 13. Urban Ecology Tokyo | Impacts: Accessible Tokyo Earthday Bicycle Ride | http:// Design with Cyclists in Mind The design process began by removing highways from the To- kyo Cycling Green Map since they were unsuitable for bicycling. Then colors were added to show eleva- tion, which is very useful for cyclists. Interestingly, the map ended up looking like an old Tokyo map from the Edo period. The project was partly fund- ed by the Ministry of Environment, with recent support from Shimano Corporation. The Tokyo Cycling Green Map won the Good Design Award in 2007. The Mapmakers are excited by the project’s success Tokyo Metropolitan Government sponsored 2007’s “Stop Global-Warming Awards”. both as a city planning and personal The Green Map team won the “Modalshift” Award tool. Future editions that expand the map are planned.
  14. 14. 11. Green Mapping over 60 Cities | THAILAND Stop Global Warming Initiatives Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) | Author: Nongpal Chancharoen Princess Ubonrat visited the Green Map exhibition on Earth Day 2006 Green Maps from 25 cities were exhibited in Bangkok, 2006 Background: A Climate Change Partnership Pairing Municipal Staff and Schoolchildren Under the project called “Stop to visualize 4 main areas: waste Students survey their community to chart Global Warming Project”, Thailand minimization, sustainable transport, green sites and bad sites Environment Institute (TEI) has urban greening and energy efficiency. worked with more than 50 local Making a Green Map in- governments at the municipal level volves the community and youth aiming to increase awareness about through workshops organized by climate change. The project encour- the municipality. Teams of students, ages municipalities to work closely teachers and municipal staff are with schools and the community to established and TEI workshops train initiate activities that reduce energy adults and activate camp for youth. consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, leading to a better envi- The project started in 2005 and to ronment in their city. date, Thailand Environment Institute The Stop Global Warming has introduced Green Map System project uses Green Map as a situa- to more than 60 cities nationwide. tion analysis tool to identify a city’s “strengths”, “weaknesses”, “opportu- nities” and “threats” using the icons
  15. 15. Impacts: From Situation Analysis to Strategic Plan Working with local governments is oritized and local action plans were challenging yet Green Mapmaking is developed to address traffic, solid an effective way of informing lo- waste management, increasing green cal authorities about the problems area, flood prevention and urban discovered. The project emphasizes planning. cooperation between local govern- ments and schools, with students Trang Municipality, a tourist town on representing the residents who live the Andaman Sea, used Green Map in the city. They provide ideas to im- to promote “green restaurants” that prove their cities, such as bike lanes, avoid using non-degradable materi- public spaces, waste banks, recycling als such as Styrofoam and plastics. points etc. It is hoped that more restaurants will join the initiative to reduce the Tungsong, a city located in the south waste going to landfill. of Thailand, started their Green Map Using Green Map as a tool in 2005, charting green sites and has helped local governments, pollution sites throughout the city. NGOs, communities, and youth People of all ages participated. A find realistic solutions, which often year later, Tungsong developed the involve field research and input from second version of the map using the community. Municipalities can an aerial map as a base map, which use Green Mapmaking to assist in shows all the physical characteristics their land-use planning and environ- of the city such as parks, roads and mental local action plan to make TEI’s Green Map products may be available waterways etc. Through the Green their city a more sustainable place at Map, environmental issues were pri- to live. Trang Green Map visualizes the city as a forest
  16. 16. Think Global, Map Local! Globally designed, these award-winning icons are used by Green Mapmakers worldwide on locally printed editions and on interactive Open Green Maps. Green Map® Icons Version 3 Sustainable Living Green Economy Farmers/Local Healthy Eco-Agriculture Organic/Local Eco-Products Green Green Local Reuse Shop / Market * Dining * /Permaculture * Food * Enterprise * Store Business Market Fair Responsible Social Ecotourism Reuse Recycling * Rental/ Repair Trade Company Enterprise Resource Share Shop Technology & Design Solar Ener gy Wind Energ y Water Ener gy Water Geothermal/ Green Green Roof Self-Built Composting Site * Site * Site Recycling Ground Heat Sit e Building * House Site Scientific Green Greenhouse Gas Energy Paper Reduction Green Research Site Technology Reduction Conservation Site Cleaning Mobility Bicycle Bicycle Bicycle Bicycle Pedestrian Wheelchair Public/Mass Bus Rapid Transit Water Site * Path Path Parking Friendly * Accessible Transportation * Light Rail/ Transport Alternative Park 'N Rid e Traffic Caution Fuel/Vehicles * Facility Hazard * Zone Hazards & Challenges Blight Air Water Pollution Waste Contaminated Brownfield Vulnerable Habitat Deforestation Site * Pollution Source Dump * Site * Site Site * at Ris k Climate Change d Disaster Abandoned Unhealthy Noise Airport Oil /Gas Nuclear Facilitie s Mining Area Area Site Spot Pollution Facility & Waste Site Site Nature Land & Water Waterfront/ Water Wetlands Drinking Water Natural Corridor Geological Eco-Design/ Cleaned-up Future Riverside Park * Feature * Source * /Greenway Feature Planning F eature * /Rebuilt Site Redevelopment * Eco Shaded Landscaping Boulevard Green Map Icons © Green Map System, Inc. 2008. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Flora Public Forest/ Special Native Forest Garden * Community Spring Autumn Rapidly Food Natural Area * Tree * /Plants * Garden * Blossoms Leaves Renewable Plants Gathering Site Fauna Significant Wildlife Amphibian Coastal Aquatic Wildlife Protected/ Insect Bird & Wildlife Habitat * Habitat Habitat * Habitat * Habitat * Center/Zoo * Cultivated Habitat Watching Sit e Watching * Duck Farm Migration Pond Animals Zone Outdoor Activities Park/ Public Space / Sport Site / Eco-tour/ Swimming Canoe/ Sailing/Row Skateboard Dog Recreation Area * Square * Play with Natu re * Nature Walk Kayak Site Boat Launch Site Run Snow Camping Scenic Sunrise/ Star Gazing Activity Sit e Vista Sunset Sit e Site Culture & Society Cultural Character Cultural Museum Art Cultural Local Lively Artisan Traditional Historical Site * Spot * Performance * Music Spot /Art Studio Way of Lif e Feature * Archaeological Traditional Diverse Community Child Friendly Senior Eco-spiritual Alternative Memorial/Site Site Neighborhood Neighborhood Center * Site * Friendly Site * Site * Health Resour ce of Conscienc e Eco - Information Eco Environmental Green Public Green Maps Independent Online WiFi Pollution Information * Education * School * Library * Available * /Eco-Media Resource * Spot Monitor Eco Special Appointment Certification Site Needed Justice & Activism Eco-Justice Eco Club / Significant Volunteer Eco Social Food Vote Her e Free Speec h Organization * Organization * Org/Agency * Site * Expert Service Bank Zone Poor Labor Unsustainable Gentrification Practice Land Use * Shanty Refugee Town Area Public Works & Landmarks Waste Water Energy Solid Waste Landfill Incinerator Governmental Hospital School Place of Treatment Plan t Infrastructure * Transfer Statio n Office Worship Cemetery Information Landmark * Standard Icon Set WC/Public Prison/Detention Military Landmark * Kiosk Dining /Pub Restroom Center Site
  18. 18. 15. Green Map of Office Buildings | TAIWAN, JAPAN AND OTHER COUNTRIES Charting Change in the Workplace and Impacting 60,000 Delta Electronics | Author: Vincent Chen, Delta Electronic Foundation Background: Raising the Morale of Employees A total of 336,211 Kg of CO2 were saved through the process of creating Delta’s Around the world, most people a best practices exchange and the Taipei Office Building Green Map work, but how much do they know company’s Green Mapmakers from about their work environment Taiwan, China, Japan, Thailand, US, and their relationship with it? In and Netherlands gathered together 2006, Delta Electronics Founda- to share their experiences and to tion sought a new way to respond tour extensive working and living to these questions. In collaboration facilities at our Wujiang, China plant. with the Society of Wilderness, we Delta’s Green Maps chart areas introduced Green Map System’s ranging from a single floor of an of- concepts to Delta Electronics Inc., fice building to a 20,000-employee a company with over 60,000 em- campus with a dozen buildings. Im- ployees in over 35 locations around portant environmental sites, such as the world. With emphasis on energy an electric power recycling system, and carbon reduction issues, Delta’s the plant’s greenery, employee living aim was to enhance employees’ areas and recycling achievements overall environmental awareness were presented on the maps. and to encourage each individual to By highlighting these green understand their ability to reduce living resources and the company’s global warming. commitment to environmental In 2006, the project got protection, the maps encourage underway in five factory and office employee and public participation facilities in Taiwan and the map- in sustainability. The most impressive ping helped identify and implement data is the amount of CO2 emis- ways to save resources and CO2. sions reduced as part of the process With good outcomes, sites in Asia, which can be found at the top of Europe, and North America got every Green Map. This is an achieve- involved. In June 2007, Delta held ment that can be appreciated by all. Pond habitat for indigenous wildlife Solar PV system generates clean energy
  19. 19. Delta Green Mapmaking flowchart Delta Electronics for new employees and as a tour Taiwan’s Society guide for visitors, including local of Wilderness school children. Employers can use Delta Electronics their Green Maps to share their Foundation environmental understanding and Mapmaking at Mapmaking at 13 international exchange ideas that make their 5 Taiwan offices offices in 2007 work environment more energy in 2006 efficient and healthier. One example: Delta’s green Education for the Impacts: When surrounding community building factory in Tainan, Taiwan has been so well the Giants Start Education of Delta CSR for received by the public that to Scrawl the surrounding community there are visitors request- Delta Electronics Inc. is the first ing building tours on a daily basis. company in the world to adopt This story is not yet finished. Utiliz- Green Map System as a tool to Delta completed 13 maps charting ing the lessons learned from this conduct internal environmental their factories and offices worldwide project, Delta Electronics con- education and facilitate work ef- in one year. Both the maps, created tinuously strives to improve their ficiency improvements across the voluntarily by employees, and the employees’ work environment. board. Delta’s Green Maps are used overall mapmaking efforts were More recently Delta has launched as a platform to help its employees recognized by staff members at all an e-learning program that provides understand their work environ- levels. new employees the opportunity to ment and issues related, not only to Some of Delta’s large-scale learn how to make a Green Map, industrial safety, but also regarding manufacturing facilities use their and bring its positive impacts to employee wellbeing, energy and Green Maps as an orientation tool their homes. resource conservation. As a result, production costs and pollution have decreased, and at the same time, productivity and profits have in- creased. Furthermore, each Green Map aids in fulfilling important issues concerning Delta’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Delta’s Green Map has had the support of Delta’s founder, Mr. Bruce Cheng and CEO Mr. Yancey Hai since the onset of the program. (Above) Delta’s interactive online e-learn- ing tool is linked to Delta’s Green Mapmakers in Taiwan (left) and Japan (right)
  20. 20. 17. Osu Eco Map (2007) | Nagoya, Aichi, JAPAN NAGOYA “Expo Money” and “2R”: Advancing the Green Consumer with Two Green Maps Osu Eco Map Project Team (Green Consumer of Nagoya, Green Map Aichi, Osu Business Association) | Author: Keiko Nakagawa, Green Map Aichi Background: Creative Collaboration between the Municipality and Green Consumer Groups Following Japan’s Aichi EXPO 2005, district. This lively area has a wide the Osu Green Map project was variety of stores, cafes and public collaboratively created. There are spaces, including two new reward two major ongoing eco-movements redemption counters for Eco Mon- throughout Aichi prefecture related ey points, which can be traded in for to the World Fair’s theme of “Na- useful eco-products or trees planted Osu’s lively shopping district ture’s Wisdom”, one being “Green in a CO2 reduction program. Map”, and the other “Expo Eco Mapmaking started by stroll- iconography and newly created Money”. Eco Money is a point-based ing the Osu area looking for natural “Nagoya brand” icons. They also reward system for green activities materials, repair shops and stores designed a program that rewarded such as bringing your own shop- that sell items that are reused or shoppers frequenting these green ping bags. The Nagoya Municipal recycled or in bulk, by weight. The stores with stamps that could be Office adopted the idea of creating team indicated these stores on the exchanged for Expo Eco Money. a Green Map in the Osu shopping map using Green Map’s universal Osu Eco Map (2007) Nagoya brand’s original icons are paired with Green Map Icons
  21. 21. Oshar-eco Sakae 2R Map (2007) Stylish (“oshare”) and “eco” combined Impacts: Inspire College Students to Create Award-winning 2R Green Map and New Model Osu Eco Map’s success is largely Sakae. The students selected busi- due to the concept brought togeth- nesses based on the 2R concept ECOCON Award and newspaper er by the municipality, non-profit such as a tea house where Japanese article featuring the project organization, and the local business tea is served to bottles brought in association. The project also gained by customers instead of disposable attention by the media as a eco- plastic bottles. The map was de- activity collaboration model for local signed to attract young generation business associations. and named as “Oshar-eco Sakae Moreover, the map’s suc- 2R Map.” (Oshare refers to being cess and workshops provided local stylish in Japanese) The map won college students with inspiration to an award at ECOCON 2007, the create the award winning “2R map” national eco-activity contest among for the city’s main shopping district, college students. ‘Bring your own bottle’ is filled wih tea at one of the eco-sites on the map Field research presentation
  22. 22. 19. Green Map Mandala Borobudur (in progress) | Borobudur Sub- district, Magelang District, Central Java Province, INDONESIA Preserving Traditional Cultural Assets Peta Hijau - Green Map Indonesia | Author: Elanto Wijoyono, Green Map Indonesia Background: Mapping our Cultural Heritage Located in central Java Indonesia, Yogyakarta’s Green Mapmakers, the Borobudur, a world heritage site ongoing participatory process is built in the 8th and 9th centuries, is supported by the Center of Heri- the largest Buddhist Temple in the tage Conservation, Department of world. Green Map Mandala Borobu- Architecture and Planning, Faculty of dur aims to explore the relationship Engineering Gadjah Mada University between the temple and the living Yogyakarta and Borobudur Tourism environment surrounding it, contrib- Network. ute a record of the area’s natural and cultural diversity, and inspire more curiosity and reverence. Begun in mid-2005, residents of Borobudur helped determine the most important sites to chart, with their stories serving as site descriptions. Led by Jakarta and Field research (top), Interviewing residents (left), Discussion (right), Green Map in progress Impacts: Preserving Borobudur’s Future The Borobudur Green Map has tion of the local community in generated important discussions the making of the masterplan. about the future of the unique en- When completed, the Borobu- vironment and communities around dur Green Map will introduce the temple. With participants’ and offer alternative tourism support, the Union of Indonesian options in villages around the Buddhist Students have demanded temple, which will, in turn, in- that the local government and inves- crease the economic growth in tors stop exploiting the Temple with the surrounding communities profit-oriented activities, and to pro- as well. tect this religious and cultural site. They highlighted Borobudur’s role as the area’s sole tourist attraction and the damage caused by visitors. The comprehensive cultural landscape conservation concept for- mulated through Green Mapmaking strengthened the bargaining posi-
  23. 23. 20. TanShui River Corridor Green Map | TanShui River, Taipei County, TAIWAN Wetland Restoration in Taipei County Society of Wilderness, Taiwan | Author: Society of Wilderness, Taiwan Background: Connection Between the Wetland and Community Taiwan’s Society of Wilderness Green Maps have been published to TanShui River Corridor Green Map (SOW) was founded in 1995 with date, including city, community, school were published. The maps are dis- objectives of nature education and and corporate maps. In June 2007, tributed to local people and visitors conservation. Activated by more than SOW hosted the Asia Green Map for biking, tours and teaching school 11,000 family members and many Hub Meeting in Taipei. outdoors. volunteers, SOW is a significant non- In 2004, SOW adopted the Since the TanShui River pass- profit organization in Taiwan. Since wetland along the TanShui River from es through the center of Taipei, we 2001, SOW started to promote Taipei County Government. In the 1 expect that the wetland ecosphere Green Map by training volunteer square kilometer wetland, SOW car- is closely linked to communities. guides to assist mapmakers in chart- ried out ecology restoration, educa- Therefore wetland conservation can ing their communities. 58 folding tion, research and investigation. For be linked to citizens’ daily life through Earth Day 2007, 10,000 copies of the Green Maps. Creation of a floating island Mortonagrion hirosei Asahina - First discovered in Taiwan, IUCN has listed it Taipei County Wetland as a threatened species and TanShui River Corridor Green Maps Impacts: From 1 Square Kilometer to 2,052 Square Kilometers Inspired by the TanShui River Corridor Green Map, a Tai- pei County Wetland Green Map is expected to be com- pleted in 3 years, charting a total area of 2,052 square kilometers. Students and teachers will chart the wetland and community as a living circle, which encourages citizens to cherish the green treasures nearby. We also expect Taipei County’s wetland habitats to be connected as a network to improve the existing environment for birds and other wetland animals. Special thanks to Lai Rong Jiao, a high school teacher and member of SOW who is the key person behind the TanShui River wetland conservation and the Wetland Green Map.
  24. 24. 21. Santa Monica and the Ballona Watershed Green Map | Ballona Water- shed, Los Angeles, California, USA Santa Monica and the Ballona Watershed Green Map Duvivier Architects, Isabelle Duvivier | | Author: Isabelle Duvivier, Duvivier Architects Background: Charting One of the Most Cinematically Depicted Land Masses on the Planet Santa Monica and the Ballona Watershed Green Map After completing graduate school in Creek, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, It is my hope that the reader architecture, I returned to the city Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City of this map will see this region from of my teenage years, Santa Monica, and portions of Los Angeles, the a watershed perspective and appre- and began to discover the nature map charts the largest wilderness ciate the wealth of natural features in my hometown. As I voraciously within any world city, Topanga State we have as well as what we need to gathered information on native flora, Park, where one can still find moun- preserve, restore or recreate native fauna and waterways, I decided I had tain lions and bobcats. Thousands of habitat. to make a Santa Monica and Bal- birds stop in the Ballona Wetlands lona Watershed Green Map to help during migrations along the Pacific residents and visitors visualize the Flyway from Alaska to Mexico. In breadth and diversity of the local addition to open space and wetlands environment. the Green Map also shows locations Visualizing a watershed on a of endangered species, creek and map (as opposed to a city or other rivers, former Native American sites political region) gives us the unique and ocean water quality grades. With opportunity to look at the relation- the help of Dafna Kohn, and support ships between water, earth, and from the City of Santa Monica, all of people. Encompassing La Ballona these elements were mapped.
  25. 25. My Watershed, the Ocean and Me – A Kids’ Green Map Impacts: Connecting with Nature The Santa Monica and Ballona lege Green Map (by the EcoClub at Watershed Green Map is used by Santa Monica College) and the LA residents, tourists, teachers, students, Metro Green Map (for the Ameri- non-profits and public agencies can Institute of Architects confer- for discussions about water quality ence). Most recently we published and conservation, habitats and the My Watershed, the Ocean and Me impact of non-native species, the – A Kids’ Green Map to explore and consequences of sprawl and con- protect wildlife that lives under the sumer choices on the natural and Santa Monica Pier. built environment, and the intercon- On a personal note, this nectedness of our actions and policy mapmaking has had significant im- decisions. Covered in the Los Ange- pacts on my career. I was awarded the last year mapping all of Los An- les Times and other publications, the the City of Santa Monica’s Sustain- geles County for a regional clean-up map is used by many organizations able Leadership Award in 2004 of impaired water bodies. and is distributed at farmers mar- and the Chamber of Commerce’s In the 3 years since the kets, tourist bureaus, libraries and Sustainable Quality Award in 1999 Santa Monica and Ballona Water- local businesses. and 2002 for my role in advancing shed Green Map was published, it In addition to edible plant the city’s commitment to reducing has advanced understanding of our and watershed tours, our mapmak- its global footprint. Additionally the natural resources and has engaged ing has led to projects including the map led a state agency to hire me the general public, especially young Malibu Creek Green Map (for our as a consultant facilitating restora- people. In the near future we hope own Living Lightly in Our Water- tion of the newly acquired Ballona to create more educational Green sheds Guide), the Santa Monica Col- Wetlands. Additionally, I have spent Maps of the entire Los Angeles Region. Young mapmakers at the wildlife club (right) Ballona Watershed Wildlife (below)
  26. 26. 23. Maioka Kashio Green Map for Seniors (2007) | Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN Senior Views Unite Community Green Map Yokohama | Author: Rie Nakamura, Green Map Yokohama Background: Creating Community: ‘Silver’ Green Mapmaking from a Senior Citizen’s Vantage Point Based on the walking Green Map Maioka Kashio Green Map of Maioka Kashio created with the for Seniors (2007) local middle school in 2006, Maioka Kashio Nursing Home implemented a Green Mapmaking project with the experiences of seniors as its main focus. The map includes informa- tion on seasonal nature and social resources as well as nursing homes, hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharma- cies, and other helpful services. Maioka Kashio Walking Map (2006, below) became the basis for the seniors’ map The Green Mapmakers used a wheelchair generations in their community. in their field research to assess and convey The field research team the impact of even the gentlest slopes on consisted of local nursing home resi- accessibility. dents and 38 students from nearby Maioka Middle School. The use of wheelchairs provided the par- ticipants with awareness of specific issues (slopes, elevators, wheelchair accessible restrooms and more) in their community. Some of the other senior-friendly sites charted Impacts: Seniors Lead include community stores, benches, the Way and socializing spaces such as public The mapmaking project changed the bathhouses and barber shops. attitudes of the local seniors, who Design inspiration came often waited passively from the Yellow Pages phone book for useful information because of its familiarity and friend- to be given to them. liness. An art student at Maioka This project provided Middle School made the colorful them with the oppor- cover illustrations. The final product tunity to lead a hands communicated warmth and friend- on experience, gain liness thanks to the hand-drawn useful information, and and lettered images contributed by connect with various volunteers.
  27. 27. 24. Green Map Owariasahi (2005) | Owariasahi, Aichi, JAPAN The Walkable Community: City Planning Through Green Mapmaking Green Map Owariasahi | Author: Yoshie Usami & Hiromi Wakasugi Background: Walking Research Yields Fresh Discoveries The ideas that were first introduced by Owariasahi’s Green Map team in 2003 continue to interest residents in field research walks. Theme walks Encounter with a neighborhood historian Tutorial on how to use the broom plant allow participants to undertake during field research research specific to their interests. Popular themes include nature, history, welfare, traffic, scenic and Owariasahi Green Map (2005) lifestyle, with each theme having its own route and brief introduction on a flyer. The teams host as many as 10 research walks a year. The collected data is shown on a Green Map made for the city’s annual fair. Impacts: The Green Map Contributes to City Planning The Green Mapmakers’ research river was cleaned up only after Mr. became a resource and a source was submitted to the Owariasahi Wakasugi and the Green Mapmak- of support for environmental of- Environmental Office. The city of- ers brought it to the City’s atten- ficials when asking the planning ficials’ improvement planning ben- tion. When other citizen complaints department for action. Mr. Waka- efited from the detailed discoveries failed to solve the dumpsite prob- sugi continues to participate in the collected by the Green Map team. lem, the Green Mapmakers spurred City’s workshops to contribute the For example, a dumpsite on the officials to action. The map thus planning expertise and awareness gained through this process. Water quality testing based on the Mapmakers’ environmental assessments The Green Map has also been used to support careful devel- opment. The City conducted water quality tests based on the map’s environmental assessment, and it led to the creation of a walking path in the northern forest of Owariasahi, connecting residents with the area’s natural resources.
  28. 28. 25. Hama Chari Road Map & Green Map Yokohama | Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN Rediscovering the Human-Scale in Yokohama Green Map Yokohama, NICE Yokohama, YC Document | Author: Ann Aoki, Takahashi Akira Background: Green Map = Bicycle Road Map The compact Hama Chari Green Map of Yokohama’s Bay Area is A3 size, 3 by 6 inches unfolding to 12 by 16 inches. Published by Green Map Yokohama, the back of the map was designed like a newsletter, featuring articles about the area’s environment, culture and tourism. This free map was distributed at the seven rental bicycle stations in the Bay Area as well as in Yokohama’s hotels and tourism information offices reaching both Japanese and foreign visitors. The mapmaking project is a partnership involving NICE Yokoha- ma organization and YC Document. Hama Chari Road Map & Green Map Nice Yokohama is non-profit that Yokohama (2006) runs “Hama Chari”, a bicycle rental service that rents formerly aban- Yokohama Car Free Day doned, freshly repaired bicycles. YC Document is a local print shop that printed it at a “not for profit” rate. ing Green Map Yokohama and NICE Impacts: Expanding the Eco Movement Along Yokohama, both of whom helped with Yokohama Car-Free Day plan, promote and celebrate Car- Free Day. Tasks included researching, Yokohama is part of an international It’s hard work for com- designing and publishing the Hama circle of cities that host an annual munity groups to lead these large Chari Green Map, developing public World Car-Free Day. First intro- public events, a responsibility that is relations and addressing legal issues duced in France in 1997, Car-Free usually undertaken by the municipal surrounding the elimination of cars Day has since gained widespread government. However, Yokohama from Yokohama’s streets. In 2005, support. Today, Car-Free Day is cel- Car-Free Day was initiated in an the team celebrated its first suc- ebrated on September 22 by more office building where all associated cessful event. The car-free area will than 1000 cities all over the world. organizations were housed, includ- expand each year.
  29. 29. 26. Dear Green Place | Glasgow, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM Reusables Categorized and Mapped Radius Glasgow | Author: Glasgow Green Map team Background: More than 100 Reuse Shops Discovered Glasgow, Glaschu in Gaelic meaning consistently overlooked. ties. The map aims to raise public “dear green place” is the largest city Given the city’s size, the first awareness of this under-appreciated in Scotland. Despite the many parks Glasgow-wide Green Map is a the- sector and the social, economic and and green spaces the city is far from matic map focusing on Reuse. Mar- environmental benefits they bring to being green in a truly sustainable keted under the brand Dear Green the city. sense. With a motorway extension Place, it features over 100 charity 20,000 copies of the Green underway and massive program of shops, community enterprises and Map are being distributed through regeneration focused on developing grassroots environmental organisa- a network of charity shops, libraries Glasgow as the retail capital of Scot- tions who provide reuse opportuni- and community events. land, environmental sustainability is Charity shop after charity shop, the mapmakers spent up! Glasgow’s Dear Green Place Map, front and back concepts with customers. Impacts: Design Transformation This is the first time that Icons representing 14 categories of gow Community Recycling Forum, comprehensive information about household items have been created Glasgow School of Art and Gener- reuse opportunities has been pro- for the project. Arranged in a stan- ous Scotland – a national program vided in such an accessible format. dard grid, they help people identify promoting waste awareness in char- The project has increased liaison where to donate and buy reusable ity shops. The project was coordi- between the featured organisations goods more effectively. In addition, nated by a small team of volunteer and generated publicity for them, graphics encouraging people to Mapmakers and supported by the many of whom operate with very use public transport, cycle and walk creative organisation Radius Glas- limited marketing budgets. were incorporated into the map. gow. To inform the design process, The data and design of the The map has been devel- university students worked in char- printed map formed the basis of a oped in collaboration with the Glas- ity shops and tested out design web-based version to follow.
  30. 30. More Unique Impacts City Planning Based Overcoming Disaster on Youth Maps Banda Aceh, INDONESIA - Banda Aceh Tsunami Memorial Green Map was created in a effort to rebuild an environmentally friendly future in the area destroyed by the tsunami of 2004. Both a memory map and a guide for planning, it was published one year after the disaster. Banda Aceh Tsunami Memorial Green Map Rediscovering Cultural History Santiago CHILE - having published several different pilot maps, the Ciudad Viva (Living City) project created an inclusive process for Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA creating a large scale Green Map of - A series of youth maps provided Santiago. The map includs heritage a fresh sense of awareness to the sites, recycling centers, eco-trans- community. This inspiration led to portation and community organiza- the conservation of rivers in the tions. Its cultural history section is Broad Brook area. Currently, the called the “Map of Memories” for team is proposing safe and attractive its unique content contributed by bikeways within town and a loop senior citizens. path through the Chebogue area. Protecting Mangroves Guangzhou, Guangdong province, CHINA - Created by China Man- grove Conservation Network, this project introduces the coastal man- grove wetlands to the surround- ing communities. Mangrove trees protect land from ocean waves and high tides. The Green Mapmakers Guangdong Coastal Mangrove Wetlands hope to promote public aware- Green Map (cover and inside). ness of the value of the mangroves through this Green Map project.
  31. 31. Aichi’s Many Green Map Projects Uniting the Prefecture through Green Mapmaking Aichi, JAPAN - The World’s Fair, Map Aichi created the necessary EXPO 2005, was themed as “Na- tools to assist in mapmaking, exhibits ture’s Wisdom” to promote envi- and public events at EXPO. Several ronmental awareness. Green Map of the projects in this book grew Aichi was established in November from this effort. Green Map Aichi’s 2002 to support sustainable com- 20 members meet regularly to ex- munities and citizens participation change information and teach each in EXPO. More than 40 local com- other on a continuing basis. munities were involved and Green Green Map Aichi website Aichi Green Map | Editor: Keiko Nakagawa Green Map Impacts Original Edition Published by: Green Map Aichi & Green Map Japan, Inc., 2008 English Edition Published by: Green Map System, 2009 At work in Aichi (above) and New York (below) Concept/Editor: Keiko Nakagawa, Misako Yomosa, Kumiko Yogo, Green Map System Translation/Design for English: Yoko Ishibashi Green Map Founding Director: Wendy E. Brawer Production: Risa Ishikawa, Carlos Martinez, All rights reserved. No part of this book may be repro- Yelena Zolotorevskya, Julia Brocker duced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical Advisory Council: means without written permission from the publisher or author, except in the case of a reviewer. Green Map Aichi and Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of Green Map Japan, Inc. Download this book and additional the information in this book. Due to possible change impacts at in the activities and practice of Green Mapmakers, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors that occur, or their consequences.
  32. 32. Think Global, Map Local!