Gallery: Green Map System Uses Open Source Model to Foster Sustainable ...

Have you ever visited a new city and found yourself eating at the same tourist-oriented restaurants or buying wasteful plastic trinkets to give to friends? Have you been frustrated by a lack of local produce, community gardens, or composting stations in your home town? In a bustling metropolis like New York, green resources and businesses can be hard to find, even though they are present in almost every neighborhood, which is why a group of local designers led by Wendy Brawer developed the Green Map System, a tool that eases the search for a more eco-friendly life. During the Festival of Ideas, we stopped at Green Map’s booth to learn more about the organization and its hopes to resolve the lack of accessibility and visibility of New York’s sustainable urban features through an open source mapping website.

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  1. Cruxcatalyst May 14, 2011 at 6:17 am
    In the mid-90s, I was involved in getting the first Green Map (now lapsed) for the southern hemisphere produced for Adelaide, South Australia! It is great to see that Green Map has gone from strength to strength, and the advent of mobile apps and open source tech will only make it even more amazing and useful! Sharon
  2. thedisgruntledarchitect May 12, 2011 at 11:41 am
    I love anything that uses open source technology and approaches; it always diversifies the results and creates a significantly better experience for the user. The map is a really cool concept and will filter out the touristy stuff and leave more inspirational and attractive options. So much more honest and engaging for the community. Great stuff.