Public Participation in GIS in Central NJ

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Story created by Green Map NYC in June 29, 2017

Landscape architecture professor, David Tulloch of the Somerset Green Map project, has been an invaluable resource, contributing GIS and design skills to maps based in central New Jersey.

David primarily worked with students at Rutgers University to develop various Green Maps of the area. These maps demonstrate the potential for student map products, which has changed their understanding of the role of GIS in environmentalism and community education. Some of the students created award-winning maps. One we especially like is a black and white print edition, designed to be colored in by a young person with the correct colors for the flowers, insects and other things they discover using the Green Map.

In addition, David has collaborated on a community project with Michelle Doran McBean and the Elizabeth River/ Arthur Kill Watershed Association/ Future City Inc, to create the Elizabeth River / Arthur Kill Watershed, New Jersey Green Map. This project was initially focused on water quality and urban heat islands. Since then it has been used as a planning project, with two different various features added, including SOAR program youth drawings for waterfront parks, outdoor classrooms and cafeterias, as well as sites that youth found to be good opportunities for wider sidewalks, new trees, bike paths, recycling drop-offs, better use of natural resources, etc. The importance of including the views of youth cannot be understated!