The Eco-mmunity Map Coming Soon…
Get ready to be excited about the upcoming launch of “THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP”. The Sundance Channel is dedicated to environmentalism, energy conservation and improving people’s lives. THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP will be an important tool in achieving these goals.
THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP is a virtual map of communities around the world. People, organizations and natural spots can be stored in this graphical database that promotes sustainable and healthy changes in the way the world functions.
For individuals, THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP catalogues the local resources for green projects and products. This means that an individual who wants to build a vegetable garden in their backyard can find the references and help they need to get the job done. Important local or global issues can also be rallied around in THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP community. If there is a local power plant in your community that produces dangerous and harmful smog, you can use THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP to rally the people of that community towards change.
For businesses who offer green products or services, THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP will help connect them to demand for their sustainable wares. Non-profit and educational organizations will be welcome in the map as these centers for activism and learning are an important part of the recipe to preserve health, life and community on the planet.
The essential premise of THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP is to connect the demand for environmentally sound lifestyles with the supply of information and products that can fulfill these demands.
There are four main types of markers that can be placed on THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP.
1) Individual – This marker represents a person who is interested in being a part of an online environmental community. Imagine that your town of 5,000 people probably has 200 or more people who love environmentalism as much as you do. By networking you might find that your new best friend lives right down the street and you never knew it.
2) Business – This marker represents a non-profit, a profit or educational institution that considers itself green or at least offers some green resources. Examples of this marker could be an organic grocery store, a environmental business school or a non-profit organization like green peace that has many environmental projects.
3) Green Attraction or Event – This marker denotes a place of natural beauty or utility, like a park or a community garden. The marker can also contain the details of an environmentally themed event, like a rally to save a forest from logging or a concert to raise money to stop global warming.
4) Green Action Point – This marker is all about taking practical steps to make the world more sustainable and healthy. People place this marker when they want to draw attention to a specific environmental problem in their community or when there is a problem that was solved and that can be used to show people how to solve similar problems.
The Green Action Point could also be used in tandem with an individual’s marker. Imagine that member X, who has placed themselves on the map as an individual, owns her house and wants to install a solar panel array in a field behind her house. Member X then places a Green Action Point next to her individual marker and titles it: “Looking for Solar Panels to install on my house”. Other individuals with a background or experience with solar panels can now offer advice and leave comments on this Green Action Point. In addition, member X can now search the business marker database for solar and she may come up with many results of companies who have placed themselves on the map as a business marker.
Now that you are acquainted with the basics of THE ECO-MMUNITY MAP, we hope that you are really excited about joining us once it launches by early July. Stay tuned to THE GREEN and the green blog for more details.