Stony Brook University’s Sustainability Task Force created this green map to “better spread the word and inform people of all the wonderful programs and projects that are either already completed or currently underway” in that university area. The interactive maps has icons by topic such as Admin, Cultural Awareness, Decreases of Carbon Footprint, Energy Consumption, Transportation, etc which you can click on to include or remove from the map. It also lists specific green initiatives (showing the icon) and provides more information about these initiatives. You can mouse over icons on the map and see the topic and click on the link for more information.
Google maps allows users to create custom maps that can be shared with others. A library could create a map of their campus or community area, with icons representing topics or categories, and more information/links, to help guide people to green programs, projects and resources in their area. Any library doing something like this already?
Here is a video explain how to create My Map in Google Maps:
Visualize the US Energy Grid by NPR is a cool site! Did you know our U.S. electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power plants and transmission lines. Click on various maps: the existing grids, sources of power, power plants, solar energy, wind power. So where you live, where is your energy coming from and what is the potential for alternatives?
Theres a free app – Slick View – to be released in the next few days for smartphones that people can use to help document the oil spill’s effects on the coastline. It was created by the San Diego State University Visualization Center and Crisis Commons (an online community that uses technology to respond to crises). Users take pictures of the coast, the photo are sent back to SDSU with a time stamp and a GPS location attached. Then all the images are processed and pieced together to form a map of the coast along the Gulf of Mexico, which will be available to the public, showing the changes along the coast over time. (from the Chronicle of Higher Education)
NRDC’s map – Renewable Energy for America: harvesting the benefits of homegrown renewable energy – can be viewed by renewable energy type (biogas, cellulosic biomass, solar, and wind) The gradient shade will show potential for this type of energy down to county level. You can zoom in or zoom by state & zipcode. Icons depict locations or future locations of biodigesters, biofuels, and wind power. Clicking on the by state tab you can read summaries of various state’s profiles. Libraries can find out and inform their public as to potential renewable energy projects is in their area.
Look into the idea of Urban Homesteading for your library and to educate your library patrons. It’s the idea that even in an urban setting you can be a bit of a farmer – from container gardening to having chickens – thus creating a better lifestyle for yourself and your family with local, in season, healthy and cheaper choices of food. California even has an Institute for Urban Homesteading who’s principals “preserve a slower, more intentional, more sustainable and more pleasurable way of life, rescue the lost arts of the garden, the kitchen and things done by hand and imbue everyday tasks with wonder and beauty.”
Perhaps a library could host local experts teaching workshops such as raising chickens in your backyard, beekeeping, canning, making yogurt, producing fruit and honey wines and cheese making.
Check out Fallen Fruit web site, which is attempting to map locations of public fruit in neighborhoods around the country(public fruit is fruit that overhangs sidewalks, parking lots, streets, etc.)
Looking for things green and loving maps, this post by ecogeek caught my attention: The Role of Green Maps in the Cleantech Revolution.
- Using Google maps, a British gas & energy group created this mashup which shows various smart metering projects that are currently being implemented all across Europe.
- San Francisco has a map that shows solar potential for roofs.
- The EPA created a map that works with Google Earth to shows potential for alternative energy in the US.
- There is even a Green Map web site to look up green locations and business worldwide.
- And, why not add yourself or your library to the See I’m Green map, search and find others worldwide who are also green-minded.