GoodLands’ goal is to help the Catholic Church make her landholdings become a vehicle for positive global environmental and social change through geographic information technologies and community involvement.
Recent News - Map App launch!
11/7 - The GoodLands / Catholic Geographic System team recently made history when they finished building an interactive map application that illustrates Catholic ecclesiastical boundaries, demographics and additional information about what is going on relative to the global catholic community. It's an entirely new way of seeing the world - through georeligious boundaries. Click here to see our maps!
Every small donation will help us to cover startup costs as we begin to implement GoodLands. Please click here if you would like to learn more about how to donate to the project or become a supporting financial partner.
Our vision is big; it is about crowd-sourcing information, connecting existing networks, whole-systems design, and education. It is also about hope--the hope that the Catholic Church will seek to increase the spatial understanding of her operations, socially, fiscally, and environmentally, to better harness the potential within her lands to do good.
The lands around our Churches serve both the people who encounter them and a host of other species that reside within them by providing habitat needs, sacred spaces, and powerful aesthetic experiences. (photo source: H.abanil, wikimedia commons).
Mapping analysis can help reveal where certain landscape best management practices may have the greatest environmental impact. (GIS Map layers: GoogleEarth)
His Holiness Pope Francis I calls for a deeper understanding of human ecology to inform discussions of global environmental issues. (photo source: user Wiki erudito, wikipedia.org)
When the spaces where we worship are well designed they can provide a form of environmental and social charity, by giving back to communities through aesthetics and ecosystems services, providing a place to gather and creating habitat for local fauna. (photo source: Flickr, user: Elliott Brown)
Mapping analysis can help reveal where certain landscape best management practices may have the greatest environmental impact. (GIS Map layers: Parcels polygon, The City of Hartford; protected areas polygon, DEEP)
Mapping analysis can help dictate the type of field analyses that should take place and where they should be performed. (photo source: Molly Burhans)
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