Sustainable fun at Open Green Mapping Party on Oct. 9

FutureHeights invites volunteers to help map the sustainable features of the Coventry Village neighborhood at a mapping party and launch of the Sustainable Heights Open Green Map on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Coventry Village Library. A cross between an informal field trip and hands-on workshop, the party is open to anyone who would like to contribute.

Participants will venture into the neighborhood by car, bicycle, or on foot to record social, cultural and sustainable resources and take them back to “mapping central,” where they will be immediately uploaded into the interactive online map. All are welcome to learn the online system for future mapping in other neighborhoods.

“It's called open mapping because anyone can take part," said Deanna Bremer Fisher of FutureHeights. "We want people to have fun, learn about the neighborhood, and help launch community asset mapping in Cleveland Heights and University Heights."

The event is part of Sustainability Week, sponsored by the Sustainable Heights Network. 

Everyone is welcome to attend including families and children. No previous experience is needed. Bring a digital camera (and USB plug) to add photos if desired, and dress for the weather. The event is handicapped accessible and near public transportation. All attendees will receive a Phoenix Coffee thank you gift.

Mobile mappers go to to see “What’s Green Nearby” and to download an iPhone map app. To view and contribute to the map online go to

Sarah Wean is a community volunteer who lives in the Coventry Village neighborhood.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 11:14 PM, 09.22.2010