Map Update – Kenyon

Target Neighborhood: Gambier, Ohio (Kenyon) and the surrounding areas

Map theme: Recreation

Target audience: New students or local residents

Map outline (explaining the layout of your map and organizations/people/businesses you will be in contact with): I’ll be working with Open Green Map, since Photoshop seems to be entirely over my head! I’m still in the process of researching different sites to include, but I will likely be in contact with Kenyon’s Office of Admissions, in hopes of linking the Open Green Map to some type of Orientation website.

Brief timeline for mapping process: Over the next two weeks, I hope to have the majority of the map completed! I’ll start by creating sites that will require less research, and end with contacting different groups with any questions that may arise.

Map type (print, video, electronic, etc): Electronic- I’m also considering writing up a guide to accompany the electronic map.

Dissemination plan (marketing and outreach efforts): I’ll be in contact with the Office of Admissions.

Some sample sites you may include on your map: Environmental centers, green-friendly initiatives, natural spots for recreation including rivers.


Brooklyn’s L.E.E.D to Green- Update!!!


*Target Neighborhood: Brooklyn, NY.

*Map theme: Brooklyn’s L.E.E.D to Green

*Target audience: The students of Polytechnic Institute of NYU, the community around the Metro-tech area and my old high school.

My map will show a variety of sites that are either aspiring to be or already L.E.E.D certified according to the U.S Green Building Council’s Registered Project Directory. My sites range from local businesses, community projects, cultural and recreational sites in the community to government and non-profit organizations.

The criteria for choosing my sites was based on the main goal of L.E.E.D. One,  if the construction process involved strategies aimed at improving performance such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Two,  the operational practices of the business or organization encouraged an eco-friendly lifestyle.

So far I have at least 12 sites on my open green map and plan to add at least 25 green sites. Yesterday I visited my former college adviser to discuss the contents of my project and how I want to showcase it on the campus. We agreed to meet next week Wednesday to discuss how I can involve some of the professors in my project and display it on the Civil Department’s interactive display.

Yesterday I visited one of my sites, Brooklyn Bridge Park. I meant the landscape architect that is currently involved in the construction of the site. He gave me his business card to schedule a tour date of the site. The Brooklyn Bridge Park project involves the redevelopment of Piers 1-6 by the East Side waterfront. Currently, Pier 1 and 6 are open.

I plan on scheduling interviews and visiting my sites for the next two weeks. Meanwhile, I will finish adding the rest of my sites by Wednesday and begin thinking about my map layout and continue looking for packaging strategies that is best suitable for my research.  My map will be printed, my college adviser offered the plotter at the college to print out my rough drafts before I finalize the layouts.  I’ve already started using the open green map and will continue to do so in addition to creating one using Arcgis.

*Some sample sites you may include on your map:

Brooklyn Bridge Park

BAM Avery Fischer Hall

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Good luck everyone with the rest of your research!!!


Chelsea for Reuse Green Map (Boram and Hye-Min)

Hello, guys! Are you guys enjoying hot weather? 🙂 Here is our map outline!


*Target Neighborhood: New York City, especially, Chelsea.

*Map theme: Chelsea for Reuse Green Map

*Target audience: Neighbors, City residents and Tourists

*Map outlines (explaining the layout of your map and organizations/people/businesses you will be in contact with):  

We have researched reuse shops by using Internet, a book and information from people. As a result, we founded out around 40 reuse shops are here in Chelsea area. We will contact and visit all shops in Chelsea. Then, we will choose the most suitable reuse shops which connected to sustainability.

*Brief timeline for mapping process:

Now, we are in the process of doing map design and we are planning to visit the shops during the week and weekend.

*Map type (print, video, electronic, etc): We are thinking of a printed map and trying to figure out whether we will make folded map or postcard sized map.

*Dissemination plan (marketing and outreach efforts): We have considered a fund-raising at some events which are related to environment. Also, we are expecting that we can receive support money from reuse shops which we will visit in the near future. At that time, we can have a chance to explain our map project and goal.

*Some sample sites you may include on your map: reuse shops web pages (if they have), sites which are connected to our map project’s theme and sustainability.

Format for Hoboken, NJ


Target Neighborhood: Hoboken, New Jersey

Map theme: Sustainable Living

Target audience: College Students

Map outline: We are thinking of doing the map on a placemat. The front of the placemat will be the map itself the back we were thinking about putting information such as what it is to live a more sustainable life and also information and pictures of couple of places that we mapped out.  At this point we have all our places mapped out and information about them. We have been talking to the Hoboken Museum and we tried to get in touch with the “Green Organization “ in  Hoboken but for some reason their email  is not working. So we are still trying  to figure that out. Coasters that would be placed underneath drinks would highlight specific icons we are using to give more information when reading the map. We are also thinking about finding ways to print on a napkin- Mapkin- but we are running into some hardships in trying to get it printed.

Brief timeline for mapping process: As of now we have everything mapped out on a rough draft. Jenna just completed the outline of the map on the computer as well as a basic outline of the place map.

Map type : Printed

Dissemination plan : Like I mentioned before we are talking to Hoboken Museum. They told us that they would definately be interested in seeing a finished copy, so hopefully then can help us with printing.  We are still thinking about trying to contact some bars and restaurants and see if they can help us also. As we have already posted, we met with people from the Garden Street Lofts and learned more about environmental apartment living.

Some sample sites you may include on your map: Some sites that we mapped are parks, bike trails, green buildings, organic food etc.

Hoboken Update!

We have taken Hoboken by storm and have (hopefully) finished finding sites for our map. We keep finding more small shops though, so we may have a few more trips ahead. We received a wonderful tour of the new LEED certified apartment building, Garden Street Lofts, and had a chance to walk on their green roof- the first of its kind in Hoboken! We also stumbled upon a pier-turned-garden and noted how small organizations are making such a difference in the town’s green efforts- not just corporations! We are currently in the first phase of designing- just creating the map we will use and ensuring its accuracy. We are so excited and cannot wait until we see the end result!

P.S.- We are in the process of asking our Professors to start a Green Map club at Seton Hall! We’re waiting to hear back from them and work everything out- but we really think it could work and be a great experience for everyone.

– Dena and Jenna

Sustainable Syracuse

Hi Green Mappers! 

I am so glad this summer program is continuing on its second year and going strong.  I was a Green Mapper from last summer, creating a map of the Syracuse University area.  Since then, I have extended the project to become my senior thesis (to be completed this August).  The map will be accompanied by a paper studying neighborhood/community development and social asset mapping. 

The city of Syracuse was once a thriving industrial city now a victim of white flight, unemployment and under-utilized assets.  Local organizations and neighborhood associations are working with the city to acquire vacant lots and abandoned warehouses, converting them into mixed-used establishments for loft apartments, art galleries and community gardens.  Syracuse is beginning to redefine itself as a “green” city, supporting rainwater harvesting, alternative energy and organic/local farmers.  They are developing a new niche market in the green industry, attracting tourists and hopefully outside investment. 

My paper explores green sites as “assets,” focusing on what Syracuse has to offer instead of its detriments.  It is about transforming the city from the ground up, neighborhood by neighborhood.  My map is now called “Sustainable Syracuse” to suggest sustainability as resilience, meaning communities are supporting each other by supporting their assets.  This type of asset mapping is to deter community members from depending on services and begin to look inward (in their communities) for the help they need.  It is believed that if people know what’s around, they can make the best choice possible.  My map includes primarily locally-owned businesses that consider the environment in their business practices (whether that be buying from local farmers or manufacturing their product locally to create more jobs in the city). I decided to focus on local businesses because Syracuse’s most significant need is a thriving economy and job creation.  By mapping green sites or assets, more money will be circulated throughout the city, from resident to local business to resident etc, instead of leaving allowing the local economy to flourish.

 I read through your projects on the blog and they sound great!  If I may offer a few suggestions as you continue  on with your projects…

1. It’s so important to get local organizations involved as distribution vehicles, support systems and ways to get the community involved.  Network like crazy! 

2. Listen to people’s stories.  When you visit a site, ask a business owner how he got into it.  Ask residents why they like this park and not another.  Look for patterns.

3. When designing your map, observe the town/city’s character.  Make sure the design reflects the town/city’s identity- folk art, if you will.

4. Utilize all the tools Green Map has to offer- especially the people working there now!  They are great resources.

If you have any questions or would like some advice, feel free to email me.

Happy Mapping!

-Morgan Leykam

Friends Academy 6th-8th graders at Green Map

A group of Friends Academy Summer Camp students came to our office today. They walked over from 16th street in this blistering heat and were all enthusiastic with cold water and ice. Wendy interacted with them and gave them an introduction to Green Map and engaged them possible themes for their Green Map. Amanda and Alex, the two camp counselors, have one week to create a green map with their students. It will be fun to see a Green Map made from their perspective!