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The Impacts of Green Maps






Start with the Green Map Impact Book! Below, find more impacts described by Mapmakers.

Randomly organized, these statements are drawn from Green Map Profiles. Click on the name of the Map to explore more details about each project.

  • An academic thesis with valuable information and initiatives on Urban Ecotourism on the neighborhood scale. With the experience Carlos gained making this map, he was able to develop workshops and an outreach method that has resulted in Green Map projects taking root in many areas of his hometown community in the traditional coffee growing region in Colombia. In NYC, a group of Pace University students have found this map very helpful to their own charting of Chinatown, too.
  • See our blog entry here for the results of our recent independant evaluation: http://greenbristol.blogspot.com/2008/03/evaluation-of-print-map.html
  • This map is used as an environmental education tool by a variety of environmental organizations such as Sustainable Works, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Ballona Wetlands Land Trust and Environmental Programs Division of the City of Santa Monica. It is also used as a watershed education tool by several local school district such as Santa Monica Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District and Culver City Unified School District.
  • There is interest in and funding secured for constructing an informational kiosk that displays a large version of the map and other information about sustainability projects and activities in the area. There has also been renewed interest in trail development in the area, including a partnership with Trans-Canada Trails. In addition, an area that was identified as an "eyesore" on the map has since been cleaned up by the local government.
  • Classes used their copies of LoMaps to extend classroom topics into their own communities; to learn how to use the internet; to plan service learning projects; and for eco-literacy, civics, social studies and geography classes. One of the schools on the map expanded its recycling program, and many other sites enjoyed new visitors as a result. While this project is just one of many resources that brought sustainability into the classroom, we're pleased that it has aided the increasing importance of the topic among educators and the Department of Education.
  • Virtually every Green Map project received copies of these maps between 1997 and 2003. We hope they helped guide the process and streamlined design choices being made locally. While we charted many new sites with each subsequent edition, in some ways, NYC 'backslid' during this period, from a sustainability perspective. Now, the City is aware of the benefits of becoming the Big Green Apple, and more progress can be seen citywide. With the announcement of the City's 2030 PlaNYC in spring 2007, it's been getting really exciting!
  • This map was made as a part of the pilot project of Miyako-no-Agenda Forum to promote the sustainable transportation system of Kyoto city. Our activities led to start the Velo Taxi service and one coin bus (=¥100) in the central area. Rental bikes delivering service called KCTP (They deliver your favorite bikes to the place you like and you can leave bikes anywhere you like) also started by the influence of this map. KCTP was given the annual grand prize of Kyoto venture business in 2002. Some hotels always prepare free bikes for tourists as well since then. And from 2005 Kyoto city has started to examine a settingup of LRT.
  • The Red Hook project had so many impacts, they were added to a slideshow at the top of this page http://GreenMap.org/consulting/youth. Check it out!
  • This map is used as an environmental education tool by a variety of environmental organizations such as Sustainable Works, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Piier Aquarium, Ballona Wetlands Land Trust and Environmental Programs Division of the City of Santa Monica. It is also used as a watershed education tool by several local school district such as Santa Monica Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District and Culver City Unified School District.
  • There was a spurt of greening activities all over the city, and our map helped people connect with the sites and exchange ideas about doing more for NYC's environment. Because we included toxic spots, the map helped draw attention to sites and to organizations responding to environmental justice issues. Things started changing for the better. Our map was seen on walls in schools, offices and homes, all over the city! Although it took another 5 years to publish the next edition in NYC, these maps spurred the development of Green Map System's global movement and the Green Map Icons and adaptable mapmaking framework, leading to the creation of hundreds of Green Map projects, all over the world.
  • Many Green Maps our now starting in Sweden.
  • Community - Country-wide network. - Green Maps have been included in different professional studies. - Green Maps have been heard by the local policy-makers. Education - Partnerships between universities and schools with the community. - Intergenerational learning activities. - Value upbringing (sense of belonging, self-esteem, inclusion, etc.) - Capacity development. Environmental management - Reforestation - Playground reconstruction. - Improvements on public spaces and parks. - Restoration of cultural spaces. - Creation of spaces for cultural performances. - Elimination of waste dumps. - Pocket sized maps for senior citizens. - Community gardens with medicinal plants. -
  • Botanical gardens and composting advocates citywide want to be on the map! So we are are starting to develop an online version that will chart this fast-growing greening movement. And, it turns out 5,000 copies are way too few! We hope to have the support to update and print more soon.
  • This map is used as an environmental education tool by a variety of environmental organizations such as Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and Environmental Programs Division of the City of Santa Monica. It is also uses as a watershed education tool by Santa Monica Unified School District.
  • The effect of the Singapore Green Map is probably more indirect than we imagine. Instead of directly creating a class of green minded citizens the Singapore Green map probably helped to convince some people that conservation is indeed a worthy weekend activity. By getting people to go outdoors to appreciate nature and exposing them to the natural resources we have, fewer people dismiss the environment as something invisible.
  • The expected outcomes of the project are: - Have a tool that environment organizations and environmental education facilities see as a useful method to facilitate environmental education and sustainability among citizens. - Visualize local environmental and sustainable initiatives that are close to neighborhoods in the city. - Build the map with contributions, both individually and collectively. - Visualize facilities and equipment that are aimed at providing a model for more sustainable tourism in the city.
  • We feel the map has made a timely contribution to the sustainability of NYC, arriving just as climate change awareness 'arrived' in NYC, based on the number of requests for copies.