What is Green Map? (Summary)
A Green map lists and emphases the local sustainable initiatives, the environmental services, the social services, the eco companies and products that exist in a city or rural area.
The Green Map System (GMS) is locally adaptable, globally shared frameworks for environmental and sustainable map-making. It invites individuals and teams of all ages and backgrounds to illuminate the connections between natural and human environments by mapping their local urban or rural community. Using Green Map System’s shared visual language a collaboratively designed set of icons representing the different kinds of green sites, social and cultural resources Mapmakers are producing unique, regionally flavoured images that fulfil local needs, yet are globally connected (www.greenmap.org). The resulting Green Maps identify, promote and link eco and cultural resources.
Merging the ancient art of map making (paper map) with new media tools (web map), each of these maps creates a fresh perspective that helps residents (but also each person who spends time on the territory: students, workers, business men, tourists, etc …) discover and get involved in their community’s environment, and helps guide tourists (even virtual ones through the website) to special places and successful green initiatives they can visit and replicate back home. Green Map constitutes a modern, participative and pedagogical communication tool, promoting a territory on a large scale.
The mission of the Green Map System (GMS) is to promote sustainability and community participation in the local natural and built environment. Created in 1995 in New York, our community media vehicle has expanded to chart not just cities but also rural villages, small towns and bio-regions. Now active in more than 700 diverse locations in 53 countries, all Green Map projects help create and also benefit from our resourceful approach.