What is mapping?
A Green Map promotes the discovery, use, and stewardship of natural, cultural and “green living” resources.
Our participatory mapmaking processes and education outreach activities draw out the richness and diversity of local assets, creating greater public awareness of specific places and highlighting opportunities to advance progress toward building a healthy urban environment for the benefit of all.
OMG will map green assets that already exist and identify new and underserved opportunities to develop green solutions. Using the existing, successful GreenMap platform, OMG will identify sustainable and green-oriented companies, other organizations countywide and resources in specific sectors with an emphasis on Silver Spring and Wheaton.
OMG is an active partner in the international Green Map® System (GMS). The GMS universal iconography is its signature tool to share green living, ecological, social and cultural resources. More than 950 projects have engaged with GMS, each bringing local knowledge and leadership to the task of capturing the information in its locale. 32,000+ sites worldwide have been entered on the interactive Open Green Map.
Residents and business leaders will be able to access information through an online website and printed materials. The mapping will enable users to connect dots and forge partnerships that strengthen locally based supply chains, engage consumers and help build critical mass for sustainability across entire value systems.
OMG will proactively work with strategic partners to identify connections, patterns and opportunities within business sectors allocate, organize and share resources, thus increasing economic resilience. Based on the mapping, OMG will develop marketing campaigns and programs that raise sustainability awareness and increase participation countywide and regionally. These efforts will be conducted collaboratively with other organizations and partners in the form of design teams and working groups. We believe OMG will be a strong and collaborative partner to the County’s Executive Office, departments and agencies.
The Green Map platform:
- Allows instant easy publishing, updating and expansion of green assets
- Invites the public to explore green sites, and then enrich them by adding insights, connections, and multimedia elements in any language
- Encourages comparison of attributes of green sites with clearly recognizable icons
- Encourages the public to suggest sites directly to the map
- Allows users to sort and filter sites
- Eliminates costly design and production while encouraging community participation.
- Contains special features that encourage users to customize their view according to the icons of greatest personal interest, a flagging system to help monitor the quality of public content, and soon, will offer enhanced widgets so you can embed the map on the OMG website
OMG will map the following categories:
- FoodShed – Farmers and Organic/Local Markets, Farms, Processing/Commercial Kitchens, Food Production, Food Bank & Distribution Centers, Composting
- Local Economy – Co-working, Green Enterprises & Startups, Manufacturing (Makers) facilities, Green Building/Communities
- Social Impact – Green Schools, Community Initiatives, Parks, Eco-Tourism
- Recycle/Reuse/Repair Share – Recycling Center, Tool Libraries, Public Libraries, Repair Shops, Reuse and Consignment
OMG will continue to serve Montgomery County residents, businesses, organizations and local governments in becoming economically resilient, environmentally-friendly and multi-culturally vibrant communities.
OMG will help residents and business as well as tourists by showcasing and promoting local Green projects and solutions. The mapping platform combines adaptable tools and universal iconography with local knowledge and leadership to chart green living, ecological, social and cultural resources. Maps create an interactive space for everyone to share their insights, images and experiences with green solutions of all kinds. The maps allow OMG and partners to do cluster analysis to help in strategic planning – using the information to determine the overall direction and focus of workforce, community and economic development agencies and organizations. The information can bring together key players – community colleges/universities, economic development agencies, industry associations and NGOs – for joint discussion and planning that leads to a set of collaborative actions focused on sustainable growth and vitality.