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By making a purchase at the Green Map Store, you help to sustain a healthier, greener common future. And you get a high-quality, sustainably- produced, and just downright cool product while you’re at it! Proceeds from the Store help fund our programs around the globe.

This holiday season, give a green gift that keeps giving (back to the planet!) – give a Green Map, one of our books, CDs or DVDs!

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Green Map Impacts Book Cover

Green Map Impacts - Reinvigorating communities around the world. 30 pages

Price: $14.00
Green Map Impact

Green Map Impacts focuses on various kinds of case studies which gave Actual impacts or Influences on communities by making Green Maps. These unique case studies were picked up from Japan and the world.

Format: A4 size, 40 p. full colored
Language: Japanese (It will be translated into English)
Publisher: Chubu Recycle, Inc.
Planning & Editing: Green Map Aichi + Green Map Japan, Inc.
Cooperation: Green Map System, Inc.
Audience:Existing map makers, city planners, community leaders, or people who want to work for the community

-Impact on Eco-Action
-Impacts on Children & Youth
-Impacts on Community
-Impacts on City Planning
-Impacts on Public Policy
-Impacts on Nature Protection
-Impacts on Traditional Culture
-Impacts on CSR
-Other Unique Impacts
-Impacts on Networking

Price: $18.00
Mapping our Common Ground (Color)

This is the color edition of the guide to community mapping created with Common Ground Community Mapping Project in Canada and Mapas Verdes Americas.

The book is a guide to making a Green Map, and is intended to inspire and support 'localization for sustainability', the worldwide movement by citizens and communities to engage with and represent the vital interconnections between the human, natural and built more »

Price: $20.00

You get the best of both worlds with this option! These stories are powerful catalysts for new green projects of all kinds.

2004, Green Map System and Green Map Japan

English book and bilingual CD ROM, 88 color page book and CD-ROM

Price: $40.00

An anthology of 10 locally authored Green Mapmaking stories from Asia and North America. 350 images and map views!

2004, Green Map System and Green Map Japan

English, 88 color pages

Price: $35.00

Detailed, illustrated advice for involving community and using high-tech resources for in-depth Green Maps. Features an Icon World Tour, too, all presented from the Japanese perspective.

2005, Green Map Japan and Green Map System

Japanese, 44 color pages

Price: $12.00
Energetic Green Map (chinese edition)

Wonderfully illustrated methodology based on workshop-oriented mapmaking. Lovely maps styled as traditional landscape paintings with Green Map Atlas sections as a bonus.

2005, Society of Wilderness and Taiwan's Green Mapmakers

Traditional Chinese, 135 color pagesread more »

Price: $15.00


Mid Valley Green Map - Carbondale, El Jebel & Basalt, the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado

This project was initiated by a partnership of Sustaining Tomorrow Today and the Basalt High School's Recycle Club. Seven valley high school students participated in non-violent communication training, solicited business interest, and followed up on the map applications.
Working with five adults, these youth discovered they can take action and express their environmental values. In their concern for the future of the planet, they offer this Green Map as a tool.

Colorado USA

2007 1st edition



Mapmakers: Sustaining Tomorrow Today

Price: $5.00
Carte Verte Annecy

The Annecy Green Map fits into the city's Agenda21 programme, with 21 actions and 74 commitments for the environment made by Annecy City. The Green Map covers environmental issues, organic food, renewable energy and sustainable construction, transports, and economic solidarity.

It is published with a 20 page accompanying booklet presenting the mapped sites.

Annecy France Europe

Map Size: 25 x 34.5 in / 63.5 x 88 cm
Pocket Directory size: 4.5 x 8 in / 11.5 x 20 cm

Frenchread more »

Mapmakers: FRAPNA Haute Savoie and the Municipality of Annecy City<

Price: $5.00
Harta Verde Bucureşti

The first map that uses the Green Map Icons version 3 and identifies more than 2,000 sustainable resources in Bucharest. Offers an inventory of easily understood and recognized global resources. It is an instrument of education, planning, consultancy for the
community, governmental organizations and non governmental business.

Bucharest Romania Europe

2008 1st Edition

Size: 19 x 26.5 in / 48 x 67 cm


Mapmakers: Goodartofnoon Cultural Association

Price: $5.00
Mapa Verde de la Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira

This is university campus Green Map highlights a unique environment with a botanical garden, archeological sites, different species of fauna and flora, etc. The place where you want to be - El lugar donde quieres estar...

Pereira Colombia South America

2007 1st Edition

Size: 26.5 x 19 in / 67 x 48 cm


Mapmakers: Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira

Price: $5.00
Swansea Green Map

The Swansea Green Map has nearly 300 locations and growing! The map highlights key resources across the City and county of Swansea, that help people to live more sustainably, focusing on themes such as recycling, wildlife areas, community projects, re-use, and education to name a few.

Swansea UK Europe

2007 3rd Edition

Size: 23 x 16.5 in / 58.5 x 42


Mapmakers: Sustainable Swansea

Price: $5.00
Planet Penlan Green Map

Planet Penlan is a community project developing a Green Map project, which highlights key resources in the area.

Penlan Swansea UK Europe

2008 1st Edition

Size: 23 x 16.5 in / 58.5 x 42 cm


Mapmakers: Sustainable Swansea

Price: $5.00
Green Map Hong Kong

Sorry Sold out!
Jump to the new Hong Kong Green Map project, started in 2013!

Green Map Hong Kong – Towards a Sustainable City Life is the first green map project to promote sustainable development lifestyle in Hong Kong, identifying places and locations that are relevant to a sustainable city life, and introducing the natural and cultural resources to the general public. The map was produced by more than 50 mapmakers and 9 months to finish it.

Hong Kong Asia

2008 1st Edition

Size: 24 x 17 in / 61 x 43 cmread more »

Price: $5.00
Greater Charleston Green Map

Charleston's first Green Map! Over 200 eco and cultural sites, shops and activities.

Charleston USA

2007 1st Edition

Size: 28 x 17.5 in / 71 x 44.5 cm


Mapmakers: Charleston Green Map

Price: $5.00
Green Map of the Sea

Local Green Mapmakers made this map to stop a landfill from destroying a wetland.

Rokujogata Japan Asia

2005 1st Edition

Size: 17 x 12 in / 43.2 x 30.5 cm


Mapmakers: Aichi Sea Green Map

Price: $5.00

Handrawn views and lots of photos of a lovely district and community.

Taiwan Asia


Traditional Chinese

Size: 15 x 20.25 in/ 38 x 51.5 cm

Price: $5.00

Beautifully hand drawn map and photos of key resources in this private school.

Taiwan Asia

2004 · 1st edition

Traditional Chinese

Size: 14.5 x 20 in/ 36.5 x 50.5 cm

Mapmaker: Society of Wilderness

Price: $5.00

This high school has it all: a vegetable plot, solar panels, compost heap and great old trees!

Taiwan Asia

2004 · 1st edition

Traditional Chinese

Size: 14.5 x 20 in/ 36.5 x 50.5 cm

Mapmaker: Society of Wilderness

Price: $5.00

Situated on the coast, the village sits in a rich eco system of streams, marshes, forest and pasture. It even has a wind farm to take advantage of the strong wind in the area to generate clean energy.

Taiwan Asia


Traditional Chinese

Size: 15 x 20.25 in/ 38 x 51.5 cm

Mapmaker: Society of Wilderness

Price: $5.00

This area includes not only interesting museums and special bookstores, but also beautiful trees and green buildings, which makes it a colorful district in Taipei city.

Taiwan Asia

2004 · 1st edition

Traditional Chinese

Size: 16 x 17 in/ 41 x 43 cm

Mapmaker: Society of Wilderness

Price: $5.00

Great ideas and instructions for composting. Who knew it's so easy?
NYC USA North America

2007 . 2nd Edition

Size: 11 x 17 in/ 28 x 43 cm


Mapmaker: Green Map System & Lower East Side Ecology Center

Price: $5.00

SanSing Elementary School is on the upper stream of Yang Lan river. In recently years, the residents in the school area have actively and effectively promoted their agricultural tourism, such as the Garlic and Scallion Festival.

Taiwan Asia

2001 · 1st edition

Traditional chinese

Size: 14.5x20in/ 37x51cm

Mapmaker:Society of Wilderness

Price: $5.00

A very lively image, full of historic references and contemporary resources for sustainable living! We love it!

Beijing China Asia

2006 . 1st Edition

Size: 15 x 21.5 in/ 41 x 55 cm

Traditional Chinese

Mapmaker: Hehe Zhang and Junhui Li & Friends of Nature

Price: $5.00

With color pictures of important sites, the rich environment of Taiwan beckons map users.

Taiwan Asia

2005 · 1st edition

Size: 29.5 x 21 in/ 75 x 53 cm


Mapmaker: Society of Wilderness

Price: $5.00

Wonderful overview of the great historic city, with old neighbourhoods and quiet spaces.

2002. 1st edition

Jakarta Indonesia Asia

Size:16.5x23.25in/ 42x59cm

Mapmaker: Green Mappers Jakarta

Price: $5.00

Great information for cyclists in beautiful Burlington.

2002. 1st edition

Vermont USA North America


Size: 18.5x31in/ 47x79cm

Mapmaker: Burlington Bicycle Council

Price: $5.00

Great view of the city and its very green surrounds.
Scotland Europe

2006 . 1st Edition

Size: 19x23in/ 48x58.5cm


Mapmaker: Stirling Council & VisitScotland

Price: $5.00

Beautiful little map of a community blessed with wonderful eco-resources.
Victoria Canada North America

2005 · 1st edition

Size: 11x16.5in/ 28x42cm


Mapmaker: Groundworks Learning Centre

Price: $5.00

Innovative design and layout makes this a standout
Sweden Europe

2006 . 1st Edition

Size: 27 x 16.5in / 69 x 42cm

Swedish & English

Mapmaker: Stadens Eko

Price: $5.00

A beautifully produced Green Map of the French city of Villeurbanne
France Europe

2006 . 1st Edition

Size: 24.5 x 34.5 in/ 62 x 88 cm


Mapmaker: FRAPNA

Price: $5.00

With a colorful aerial view, this extra large Green Map won a design award!
Ohio USA North America

2005 · 1st edition

Size: 46 x 36 in/ 117 x 91.5 cm


Mapmaker: Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Price: $5.00

Printed on weatherproof "paper" with both citywide and regional recreation-oriented views.
Pennsylvania USA North America

2001 · 1st edition

Size: 24 x 37.5 in / 61 x 95 cm


Mapmaker: Three Rivers Connect

Price: $5.00

This popular map provides a detailed view of a suburban parkland in transition.
New Jersey USA North America

2005 · Updated edition

Size: 17 x 11 in/ 43 x 28 cm


Mapmaker: New Jersey Meadowlands Commission

Price: $5.00

With color pictures of important sites, the rich environment of Taiwan beckons map users.
Taiwan Asia

2005 · 1st edition

Size: 29.5 x 21 in/ 75 x 53 cm

Traditional Chinese

Mapmaker: Society of Wilderness

Price: $5.00

Explore the power generated in New York's environment. Format is actually two long strips - hang one above the other or post in a long line.

Order 1 pair for $5, or 3 pairs for $10, sent in a tube.

New York USA North America

2006 · 1st energy edition PairSize: 39 x 27 in/99 x 69 cm


Mapmaker: Green Map System

Price: $5.00

Charting energy impacts, conservation and renewables in New York's environment. It's the 5th citywide Green Apple Map and you get two copies in each order!

New York USA North America

2006 · 1st energy edition Size: 39 x 13 in/99 x 33 cm


Mapmaker: Green Map System

Price: $5.00

DVDs and CDs


Includes 3 Slideshows all produced in 2007 by Green Map System:
Green Map Presents, World Tour and NYC Tour,
and 4 Videos produced around the world: Gotica y Gotica/ Drop by Drop (Cuba 2005), Green Trailblazers (India 2004), Seeds of a Global Movement (NYC 2007), Tokyo Yamanote Green Map, (Japan 2002)

Price: $15.00
Green Map Atlas CD-ROM

Includes all 10 stories in 3 formats for projecting, printing or publishing copies of the Atlas. Includes Guided Tour and other digital resources. Preview at

2004, Green Map System and Green Map Japan

English and Japanese, Bilingual Disk in recycled paper case

Price: $15.00

Other Merchandise

Set of 7 medium-large balloons, each a different color with a different Green Map Icon.
(Tip: for exhibits and workshops, we suggest tying the balloons with a string so they can be reused at the next event!)

100% biodegradable latex

Price: $5.00

Press Kit

In addition to the resources linked to this page and our News section, we can provide reporters and researchers with other images, interviews, videos, etc. as needed.

This website has a wealth of resources that may be all you need - we do ask that any images or map views, quotes, etc. you include in articles, books, blogs, etc. be properly credited to Green Map System (and specific credits, if included with the image). We would be delighted to help with fact checking, and to help you find the contact person for Green Map projects around the world.

Our Press Kit includes:

High resolution images with caption and credits (JPGs or TIFs with caption/credit)
Map Views with caption and credits
Green Map Logo

You are welcome to make screenshots of the website, and request Green Map Icons for your article.

Green Map Timeline 2011
Caption: Created to show Green Map's trajectory!
Credit: Green Map System
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Piloting Globally Designed Markers at Art in Odd Places
Caption: Green Mapped Sites on Manhattan's 14th Street for our first Marker Pilot Click the first TIF link below link for the high-resolution JPG, please.
Credit: Icons © Green Map System, 2010
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Official Green Map System image Mobile Press Pack
Caption: zip archive of mobile press artwork: banners, rectangles, etc. Both 300dpi and 72dpi versions all RGB
Credit: Té Baybute
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Official Green Map System image iPhone App Screenshots
Caption: here are a collection of screenshots for the Green Map iPhone app which you can download here
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Official Green Map System image Open Green Map postcard
Caption: Open Green Map postcard
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Official Green Map System image Open Green Map - Development staff 2009
Caption: Open Green Map - Development staff 2009
Credit: Carlos Martinez
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Official Green Map System image Open Green Map Postcard
Caption: FRONT: Think Global, Map Local! Engaging all ages and backgrounds in local green living with the new Open Green Map. BACK: With 53 countries involved, 500 locally-led projects and over 350 published maps, we are transforming Green Mapmaking so everyone can share their community's progress and opportunities. Take part in the movement at Charting a sustainable future since 1995
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Official Green Map System image Mapping Our Common Ground 2007 edition - Front Cover
Caption: Created by Common Ground Community Mapping Project, Mapas Verdes Americas & Green Map System.
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Official Green Map System image Wendy Brawer. GMS's Founding Director
Caption: Greenhouse Launch Party
Credit: Rebecca Vaughan
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Official Green Map System image Green Map Covers Collage (Reddish)
Caption: Green Map Covers Collage (Reddish)
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Green Map Covers Collage (Greenish)
Caption: Green Map Covers Collage (Greenish)
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Green Map Covers Collage (Blueish)
Caption: Green Map Covers Collage (Blueish)
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Mapmaker Picture (Mural)
Caption: Mural Making with Mapa Verde Cuba 2004
Credit: Photo by Mapa Verde Cuba
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Official Green Map System image Mapmaker Picture Collage (Kids)
Caption: Global Green Mapmakers in the world
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Mapmaker Picture Collage (Adult)
Caption: Global Green Mapmakers in the World
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Mapmaker Collage (All age)
Caption: Global Mapmaker (All ages) in the World
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Banner Icons
Caption: Banner Icons with GMS Logo, Tagline "THINK GLOBAL, MAP LOCAL" and Green Map's URL
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Banner Leaf Vertical
Caption: Green Map leaf with GMS Logo, Tagline "THINK GLOBAL, MAP LOCAL" and Green Map's URL ""
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Banner Leaf Horizontal
Caption: Green Map leaf with GMS Logo, Tagline "THINK GLOBAL, MAP LOCAL" and Green Map's URL ""
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Green Map Cover Collage
Caption: 20 Green Map Cover Collage with Logo, Tagline "THINK GLOBAL, MAP LOCAL!"
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Mapa Verde Logo (Spanish)
Caption: Mapa Verde Logo (Spanish)
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Green Map Profile on the Website
Caption: This is an example of one of the locally made Green Maps
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Caption: Screenshot of homepage
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Screenshot of
Caption: Screenshot of a page from the website
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Official Green Map System image Summer 09 Staff Photo
Caption: From left Back Row: Té Baybute, Andrew Fenster, Nicole Mau, Carlos Martinez Front Row: Myriam Nouicer, Shannon Tyler, Wendy Brawer
Credit: Carlos Martinez
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Official Green Map System image Map Covers Grid
Caption: A selection of Map Cover images from our over 350 maps.
Credit: Té Baybute
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Official Green Map System image New Homepage Screenshot
Caption: Screenshot of the new homepage launched on June 5th, 2009
Credit: Akiko Rokube, Té Baybute
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Official Green Map System image Green Map System Logo (Original Green)
Caption: Green Map System Logo (Original Green)
Credit: by Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Green Map System Logo (black)
Caption: Green Map System Logo (black)
Credit: Green Map System
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Official Green Map System image Green Map System Logo (white_in_green)
Caption: Green Map System Logo (white_in_green)
Credit: Green Map System
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Press downloads include:

Bios from Green Map's Director
Press Releases
Newsletters & Reports
Awards to Green Map System and our network
News feed from our Blog page
Press Quotes selected from articles published about us

Other useful resources:

Green Map ® Icon Poster in serveral languages
Green Map System organizational booklet

Green Map Project List

We'd be happy to respond to your inquiry, please contact us at any time.

Thanks much! We look forward to seeing your interpretation of our efforts to energize communities everywhere to chart a sustainable future!

Research Projects

Research and Educational Projects

Green Mapmaking is a perfect platform for in-depth exploration of many subjects, including geography, urban planning, civics, design, public policy, art, media studies, biology, botany, literature, tourism management, history, ecological studies and landscape architecture. Here we have collected suggestions for incorporating Green Maps and our unique methodology into university-level courses and senior thesis projects -- these ideas could also be adapted for younger students. Our overview of University projects includes some downloadable research reports, others are linked to Maps section – click Maps by Theme>Youth>Campus. Help our organization and network by letting us know about your research project -- send us a copy of the completed project, please!


A Green Map research project can be part of a:

* Orientation package for incoming students (possibly incorporating GIS).

* Study on the prospects for ecotourism and sustainable economic development.

* Project for a design/art course exploring layout, design, marketing and/or distribution.

* History course, by analyzing how maps have changed throughout time. Look at the function and design of Green Maps and their service to the community.

* Community focused exercise assessing social impacts and addressing justice issues. Look at the placement of facilities and services in regard to the needs of the community. The map could also be used as an advocacy tool in public presentations, raising awareness and encouraging community feedback.

* Cartography course teaching map principles and looking at how information is collected and conveyed. Green Maps from around the world can be analyzed and compared / contrasted taking the principles / locality into account.

* Lesson in basic ecological principles and awareness of the physical, chemical and biological forces on the earth.

* Field techniques or a research methods class with emphasis on design and analysis of group projects, for example creating a community Green Map. Data collection, feasibility, analysis, and graphical presentation could be included.

* Environmental analysis--examining historical traditions and values that influence present environmental conditions. The Green Map can illustrate how technology, growth and resource depletion should relate to future planning.

* Introduction course to GIS, spatial data analysis and computer mapping. Students can produce Green Maps showing the social and physical environment at a local, regional, national or global scale.

* Environmental research methods and techniques course. Students collect their own map data, gaining practical computer and analytical skills.

* Assessment of current environmental problems in the students' neighborhood: for example, pollution sources and their physical, chemical, biological and socio-economic effects.

* Multi-disciplinary exercise involving students, instructors and consultants from various fields, meeting to develop practical solutions to local and regional environmental problems. Green Maps could be used to display the current situation and ideas for future planning.

The Use of Green Mapping in Planning

A Green Map can be an effective tool in the planning process. It provides information on the cultural and natural environment and can aid in the understanding of basic ecological principles in a region. Further, because Green Map projects are community driven, they can give planners a unique “bottom-up” understanding of the specific needs of their particular locality, and a view into how the community interacts with their physical environment.

The map can play a part in the planning analysis of bioregional, physical and social interactions which influence environmental problems such as food production/distribution, energy development and conservation, pollution, urban dynamics and the conservation of natural/human environments. When looking at ecology and systems behavior for human-environment relationships, a Green Map can provide a broad overview.

Green Maps may be used as a reference tool when reviewing current land use, zoning, open space preservation, community and political factors influencing legislation, and the relative effectiveness of specific controls in channeling urban growth. The map has also proven effective in health studies illustrating the proximity of toxic areas to residential zones.

Green Maps therefore aid research into the dynamic complex systems of cities and the implications on planning and design. Use of the map provides designers, policy makers, corporate and community leaders and advocacy groups with the vision and education needed to achieve a sustainable future.

Thank you to Emma McGregor-Mento for compiling this page!

For Educators

Background for Teachers, Environmental Educators and Youth and Community Group Leaders

Seeing our natural and built environments through the eyes of children and youth can be an enlightening experience, especially when presented on a Green Map they have created. We encourage educators and youth group leaders to start by exploring some of wonderful Youth Green Map projects, either by perusing quick overviews by_kids or more in-depth profiles in our Maps section (select “By Theme”, then “Youth”).

You will find many different age levels and curriculum goals (from ecology and social studies to art and civics) among the youth Green Map projects. All were created using our Youth Green Map System (YGMS) mapmaking tools. These adaptable resources (including over 20 different activities and guides) will aid in both your planning and charting process. You can use YGMS tools in any order, and change them as needed to match your own learning objectives. Green Map projects can be completed in a few sessions, or as continuing efforts that are built upon, semester after semester. Some youth projects grow into community-wide efforts, and often the sites youth chart are added to the related citywide Green Map.

Want a preview of the tools? See the list below, or download the YGMS Table of Contents. You can download our Icon poster in several languages, and read stories about youth mapping projects . You might find a local educator’s workshop or presentation on our calendar as well. Indeed, you’ll find many other resources pertaining to youth mapping throughout this website!

YGMS resources are based on actual experiences in classrooms, workshops, summer camps, and after school programs since 1998. Our educational resources are constantly expanding, as Green Mapmakers share new resources they create through the Tool Center.

Ready to get started?

Register your project to gain full access to the Tool Center and join the global movement. If you have questions, refer to the MapmakerFAQ before contacting us, please.

Your input is welcome, in your Map and Mapmaker Profiles, albums, and blogs. Let the world know how your project is progressing, and how it was presented to the public and impacted the community! Please share your own resources with the global network and extend invitations to your public events by using the calendar on the right. We especially appreciate resources in different languages, as well as promotional materials and other creative materials created by and for youth Green Map projects.

Involving youth in highlighting the natural and cultural places that intersect with daily life helps us make our neighborhoods healthier, more beautiful, and more sustainable!

Mission Statement


Green Map System supports inclusive participation in sustainable community development worldwide, using mapmaking as its medium.

Working collaboratively since 1995, this nonprofit expands the demand for healthier, more vibrant communities with adaptable mapmaking tools and universal icons, multi-lingual participatory websites, workshops and regional hubs. Transforming local information into global interaction, the interactive Open Green Map platform invites the public to enhance the maps as well as explore them. Building leadership, networks and skills, Green Map teams have extended their impacts with sustainability initiatives that address directly challenges to community well-being.

Today, in over 900 communities in 65 countries, Green Maps are guiding millions to make climate-smart everyday decisions that promote the uniqueness of home and its environment. Get involved and support this perspective-changing movement.

Think Global, Map Local!

Green Map System

    • creates adaptable map-making processes, accessible tools and universal icons that allow local Green Map teams to identify and share information about the green living sites and natural, cultural and social resources in their communities

    • helps local teams to gain valuable skills in collaborative decision-making, project management, community organizing and communications as part of their map-making process

    • promotes international collaboration with a global network of Mapmakers who share ideas and contribute valuable insights for the Green Map movement from a variety of cultural perspectives

    • provides educational programs, events, print and multimedia resources, interactive web and mobile platforms, all to support professional, institutional, youth and grassroots project leaders in highlighting the emerging green economy, celebrating the uniqueness of home and protecting biodiversity

    Explore this website and Green Map's iPhone App to find out how newcomers, long time residents, journalists, policy-makers, students and visitors in your community can benefit directly by having an active Green Map highlighting progress toward sustainability in your part of the world.

Official Green Map System image Mapa Verde Logo (Spanish)
Caption: Mapa Verde Logo (Spanish)
Credit: Graphic by Green Map System
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Green Maps by Youth Worldwide!

Youth-driven Green Maps have gained in popularity throughout the global Green Map network. Highlighting the ecological and cultural resources that intersect with our daily life is an essential step towards healthier, more beautiful and more sustainable communities. Seeing these resources and our local environments through the eyes of our young people can be an enlightening and educational experience.

Most of the youth driven Green Map projects were created in an educational setting (classrooms, after school programs, etc.), with a small-scale geographical focus (usually a local neighborhood). Creating neighborhood-scale Green Maps helps young people sharpen their powers of observation as they learn about the community and ecology around their home or school. Some were made on intergenerational groups with enlightening results.

This page includes youth mapping projects before May 2007 alphabetized by country. Our Maps section includes newer projects and more details on some of those below – click Themes and then Youth to find them quickly. As you browse through other Map and Mapmaker Profiles, you will see that children and youth have taken part in many city-wide Green Mapmaking efforts as well.

Ready to get started? Check out our Youth Introduction, our educational resources and FAQ for Mapmakers. Register your own youth project and share your goals, progress and outcomes with the world via this website!

(Note: some creative teachers have used this page as a scanvenger’s hunt or in lesson plans!)

By Continent

Central and South America:

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Campinas, Brazil | Valinhos, Brazil | Jahu, Brazil | Comuna del Padre Hurtado, Chile | Havana, Cuba | Holguin, Cuba | Montevideo, Uruguay


Tororo, Uganda


North Sydney, Australia

North America:

Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Saskatoon, Canada | Yarmouth, Canada | Basalta & Carbondale, Colorado, USA | Denver, Colorado, USA | Denver Foothills, Colorado, USA | Hyde Park, Illinois, USA | Bloomington, Indiana, USA | Wichita, Kansas, USA | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA | Newton, Massachusetts, USA | Plympton, Massachusetts, USA | Roxbury-Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA | Oakland, Michigan, USA | Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA | Colonia, New Jersey, USA | Valencia & Socorro County, New Mexico, USA | Brooklyn, New York, USA | Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, USA | Central Park, Manhattan, NYC | East Harlem, Manhattan, New York, USA | Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York, USA | Queens, New York, USA | Robeson County, North Carolina, USA | Dayton, Ohio, USA | St. Paul, Minnesota, USA | Forest Grove, Oregon, USA | Portland, Oregon, USA | Sherwood, Oregon, USA | Chattangooga, Tennessee, USA | Elkhorn, Wisconsin, USA | Seattle, Washington, USA


Krems/Donau, Austria | Watermaal-Bosvoorde, Belgium | Berlin, Germany | Weisbaden, Germany | Breda, The Netherlands | Suzdal, Russia | Clackmannanshire, Scotland | Augustenborg, Sweden | Zurich, Switzerland | Penygraig & Williamstown, UK


Anlong District of Ande Town, Sichuan Province, China | Green Map Kids, Japan | Hiroshima, Japan | Ikoma-Minimi, Japan | Kitsuki, Japan | Minato-Ku, Japan | Mirai: National Summer Homework Project, Japan | Nishinomiya City, Japan | Suginami, Japan | Chunan, Taiwan |


In the Chacarita neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Escuela Jean Piaget has completed projects in five grades as part of their GAIA project. Headmistress Mary Kochian involved 14 teachers and 144 students. Each class focused on a different topic:
1st form: The school street, state of trees and sidewalk
2nd form: Domestic animals in the school block
3rd form: Trees and plants in 4 blocks of the neighborhood
4th form: Garbage in the neighborhood
5th form: Sound pollution inside the school and in the neighborhood

Also in the district of Esteban Echeverria, high school students are part of Eco Echeverría, a wide-reaching environmental project, all starting with a Green Map of current conditions and resources. Marina Mansilla Hermann is the project leader.


Download this map (PDF)

The Lavender Bay Multicultural Sea Scout Group Venturer Unit completed the very first Youth GIS Green Map in March 2000. You can download the PDF and view this exemplary map (magnify it to 800% for full view). Alvin Lee is the project's leader, along with Tinny Wong and Carol Lee. This "new technology for the environment" project was completed in just 4 months. Further, the Sea Scouts also created a handy Icon & Definition Chart that was immediately put to use by many other Green Mapmakers around the world.


High school student members of the eco-club Strohkopf – Verein zur biologischen Wissensvermittlung at Okogymnasium Krems charted Krems/Donau's urban ecology. Donau is the Danube River, so the maps will use the local hydrography as the starting point and explore from there. The project was led by Martin Scheuch Mag and was completed in June 2006.


This suburb of Brussels is located at the edge of one of the biggest forests in Belgium. This youth project is led by Bart Dankaerts of the International School of Brussels and is being undertaken as part of an environmental club and geography classes in 2007.


At the Parthenon School in Campinas, educator Florentino Attalio Cereda worked with 2nd & 5th graders, as well as the ecology club in the expansion of work with Mapa Verde started in 2003. Important educator workshops in Campinas organized by Leonardo de Mello led to the next two projects, too.


The district of Valinhos undertook an exciting Green Map project through the school, EMEF Adoniran Barbosa. 4 teachers and 40 students were involved involved, with the goal of creating both printed and web maps. Educator André Betti says: "we see it as an important pedagogic resource in the classroom, whose main objective is the amplification and formation of the critical spirit and of the citizenship in the local community.” Find more pictures about this Mapa Verde projectonline

JAHU, Brazil


This ambitious project involved over 1,000 schoolchildren ages 10-14 from 34 schools in the city of Jaú. Each class mapped their part of the city, and then combined these maps together. A student representative from each school presented their part of the project at an Environment Forum. At the forum, students discussed their opinions about the 5 major problems and 5 best virtues of the city, and made 5 suggestions to the government and the community. 100 print maps and aerial photographs were produced, along with an extensive report about the event (now in Green Map’s non-digital Archives). Fernando Figueiredo, Marina Carboni, Euvira Zeber Aroni and Miryam Serignolli Grizzo led the project, with the main objective of broadening students' views of the environment.

BOWEN ISLAND, British Columbia, Canada

On this tiny island in western Canada, students from Island Pacific School (grade 6-9) and the Renaissance II Odyssey Program (grade 10) worked with Bowen Island Lifelong Learning Society and Murray Journeay of the Island Forest and Water Management Society. Using an interesting interactive website, they charted sites related to water quality, energy, transportation, and land use, with the goal of broadening the awareness and understanding of environmental, social and economic issues in the community. They motivating factor behind this Green Map was to encourage a shared "sense of place" and greater civic involvement.

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada

The very first youth-made Green Map was created by Child Friendly Calgary. It was called the Building Blocks' Neighborhood Green Map and was completed during the summer of 1998. This project gave kids a chance to voice their opinion about what they value at the C.F.B. West military base, which is now converted into a public park in the heart of the city. Even though they created just one large-scale copy, its depth impressed older community members and enabled the young people to have a say in designing the new park!

These children also had a voice in the 1999 updating of the Green Map Icons. Their symbols for child-friendly eco-spot and insect-watching site became part of the global iconography!

Thanks to Michael Gray of Building Blocks for his leadership, the terrific workbook he developed (available in the Youth Mapmaking section of the Tool Center and for providing these images. He says: "Green Mapping has become a staple in the curriculum toolbox of Child Friendly Calgary's Building Blocks Program. Not only are we finding new and exciting ways to look at our environment, we are showing the public that kids should be seen and heard - youth green mapping facilitates this important philosophy."

Ecotopia Camp (65 km west of Edmonton) was Green Mapped during summer 2000 under the leadership of Building Block's Michael Gray, too. A 1 km area was charted around the camp. It is located on Lake Wabamum where there are 2 major coal-burning plants. A key part of this activity were the presentations of the final findings by the four mapmaking groups.


At Saskatoon Open School, Neal Anderson's students had the goal of charting the whole City of Saskatoon, starting with Eastview Community. Starting with the involvement of just one class, it reached the involvement of 600 2-7 grade students.


In Yarmouth, a major youth project completed its pilot phase in Summer 2003, under the leadership of Daniel W. Earle, PhD. Youth groups, including the Rangers, middle school students, volunteers and summer interns from local colleges worked with the Tusket River Environmental Protection Association in mapping the human impacts on the large watershed of the Tusket River. More about this project is in the Maps section too.


This Green Map is being made with youth through the Red Nacional de Ecoclubes - Chile (the National Network of EcoClubs), under the leadership of educator Jorge Espinoza Diaz.


In Anlong District of Ande Town, Sichuan Province, China, the Anlong Action Group worked with 20 students and 6 volunteers from different NGOs (Roots & Shoots, CURA (Chengdu Urban Rivers Association), PCD (Partnership for Community Development) and Green SOS) for 6 months in 2006. This was part of a bigger pilot project for “Environmental Education in the Rural Areas and Ability Construction”, which is taking place in two polluted rural areas in China. A neat outdoor Green Map was made with moss, leaves, rocks and earth!


In Havana, Cuba's capital city, young people involved with the Centro Felix Varela started by working with a chalk base map and modeling the Icons from clay, with the help of sociologist Ana Margarita de la Torre-Jiménez. In 2001 Liana Bidart began working with youth in several neighborhoods. Participating schools included the Basic Secondary Chemistry School and a primary school called San Francisco of Paula. They quickly completed a few inspiring Green Maps, and have also created wonderful murals, songs and performances! Their goal is to chart the entire city, barrio by barrio. Read more about this project’s expansion to involve communities throughout the country in English or Spanish, download their newsletters, and find out about their project’s wonderful video, too.


In Holguin, pediatrician Dr. Rafael Torres worked with secondary students and medical students at the Centro de Estudios de Bioetica Facultad de Ciencias Medicas. Their focus was on health-related resources, such as clean drinking water, exercise and recreation, and care facilities. The students created a hand-drawn neighborhood-scale Green Map first to test their methodology, then expanded to cover the whole city. This was the first Green Map from the Caribbean, and Dr. Torres inspired many other communities in the following years.

BERLIN, Germany

With leadership from remote sensing analyst Peter van de Loo and support from the European Union, high school students learned GIS and charted Berlin’s Neukolln district. Find this map at and watch a fun video about this project, too!


The Green Map of Weisbaden is a youth project started by Angela Jochum from the International School Wiesbaden . Beginning in 2006, they charted their school and the surrounding area of this small town in Naurodor. This project involved 3 teachers and 35 fourth grade students.


Journalist Yohei Yasuda, project coordinator of the Yamanote-sen Green Map , and his crew have designed expressive fieldwork sessions for children, called Green Map Kids (GMK). Unlike many other youth projects, the actual map production does not take place during GMK sessions. Instead, GMK uses a minimal set of Green Map Icons, and stresses the discovery of ecology through fieldwork.

Each participant receives a set of Icon flash cards and a course map, and pairs up with an elder instructor. Every time they discover a site that applies to one or many of the selected Icons, they take a digital photo of the site while holding the appropriate Icon flash card in the foreground. This strategy connects children with the special eco-sites, as a starting point to developing an environmental perspective. The outcomes of GMK have been featured in various magazines and other publications.

Past fieldwork by GMK can be seen at -- even if you can't read Japanese, you can "read" what is happening in the wonderful pictures of youth field research.


The Hiroshima EcoPeace Map (in Japanese) was created in a unique way. Under the leadership of Professor Shoichiro Sendai, Hiroshima University students worked with 4th graders to explore the city by tram. Sites of interest were examined more closely, and each is photographed and noted in detail. The finished EcoPeace Maps layers historic data under the children’s current view, helping the community recall the days before the atomic bomb destroyed much of the city, and at the same time express what they cherish about peace. GMS is grateful to this project for its innovative approach and its many contributions to the global program. Find out more about this project in the Green Map Atlas too!


This project involved 5th graders from Ikoma-Minami Primary School, under the leadership of Mr. Takao Ikenaga. Their plan called for creating a web-based map of the area around the school, with special focus on the preservation of terraced rice fields and preventing water pollution in local rivers.


At Oita Prefecture's Kitsuki High School, students charted this castle town--which has rich rivers and tidal areas with horseshoe crabs and other marine life. Teacher Katsuhiko Inobe had the class complete a booklet for environmental education, building awareness of global environment as well as local surroundings.


Minato-ku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. This Green Mapmaking process is part of a 10 weeks exploratory course leaded by Constance McAninch at Nishimachi International School. They are planning to print their map and publish it online by mid-June in 2007. This Green Map focuses on environmental awareness and community service.

MIRAI: National Summer Homework Project, Japan

Mirai Green Map was a national-scale project led by Green Map Japan during the summer of 2004. The word “mirai” means “future” in Japanese. With a sustainable future in mind, this project was dedicated to children and students, who are the catalysts of the future. Various channels of communication were used to encourage children from all over the country, aided by older students, teachers and community leaders, to submit their neighborhood maps at

The project's leadership team consisted of Tokyo Mapmaker Masahiro Horiuchi and Aika Nakashima, with exclusive support of Shoichiro Sendai, Hiroshima University professor and Green Mapmaker, along with the students of Tama Art University. The team produced a Starter’s Kit (downloadable on their website or in our Tool Kit, which included a set of useful mapping tools for youth that came with a magazine, an Icon poster and Icon stickers. The magazine which was sponsored by Fuji Film, featured interviews with exemplary youth projects from 5 different countries.

The Mirai project was promoted through three advertorials in national Asahi Newspapers. The team distributed the Starter’s Kit for free to every individual, group or school who wanted to take on a meaningful summer challenge. The team has managed to collect approximately 300 completed maps so far in its first years. These works are all showcased on online, and new projects are completed each summer!

Although the website is entirely in Japanese, the navigation is simple and easy, and it is certainly well worth a visit. Not only are the youth-authored maps colorful and inspiring, but the site images from various places in Japan also offer a glimpse of everyday Japanese life where cultures, traditions and nature intersect. You can access the maps and photos by either clicking the color-coded regions of Japan, or search by Green Map Icon.

Here are easy directions to help non-Japanese users look around in the Mirai Green Map Website:

- Go to
- Click one of the Green Map Icons
- Click on a photo
- Once you are on the individual project page, you will find what you see here.

1 This tab shows an image of the selected site

2 This tab shows the Green Map produced by the participant

3 This link (in blue) opens the Green Map at a larger scale

- Above, there are three more navigation buttons on the top bar to move between the submissions.

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High school students of Toyotoshi Azeta at Nishinomiya-Kofu High School charted the southern part of the city in 2002 in one of the first youth Green Maps made in Japan. This Green Map is interactive and online - click on the numbers to see the sites! The youth gained an ecological viewpoint about the community.


The Suginami ward in Tokyo was charted by children in the Sense of Nature Classroom. Mr. Yamada and Shinya Suzuki involved community groups and youth in their map project.

BREDA, The Netherlands

Active from 2003-06, Trommelteam was a youth project from The Netherlands in which kids ages 10-12 investigate their neighborhood. The kids explored the themes of parks, garbage, litter, green sites, play places, and the city in six meetings. During the final meeting, the kids presented their project to the public. The Trommelteam put their discoveries on a Green Neighborhood Map. With Green Map Icons, the kids expressed their views as they charted animal farms, wetlands, polluted places, dangerous places, recycling areas, etc. More pictures are online , too!

The educational starting point of Trommelteam was that kids learn by experience. The project aim was to involve kids in the creation of a green and liveable neighborhood. Trommelteam is a project of the Environmental Education Centre of Breda, and was led by educator Renate Foks, who also published citywide Green Maps of Breda and Eindhoven and collaborated on a 1999 Green Map charting all of the Dutch province of Noord Brabant! Find out more in the Maps section.

SUZDAL, Russia

This YMCA Earth Service Corps project was led by Patty Watson in the town of Suzdal in summer 1999, where youth group leaders completed a colorful Green Map in just four days! This training program was successful and Tatjana Alexeeva continued the work in St. Petersburg (lower map), completing the map in February 2000. Read more on YESC's website .


With the leadership of Action for Change’s Mike & Enid Trevett, the youth and community have collaborated on several different kinds of Green Mapmaking workshops and events. The published their first Green Maps in 2006, with the headline “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills”, an apt sentiment for such a beautiful place. The local constable played a key role in the making of a safety-themed Green Map charting the towns of Sauchie, Coalsnaughton and Fishcross, and even the Mayor got involved!


This project was Malmö's first youth map, covering the remarkably advanced Ecocity Augustenborg area. It resulted in a great online Green Map, with descriptions in English. A group of 6 youths led the project with the help of younger kids (, in Swedish or English). The map covers a range of sites such as green roofs and electric vehicles recharging stations. Malmö has been producing wonderful Green Maps over the years!

ZURICH, Switzerland

At the Inter-community School, 10th grade students under the supervision of Graham Gardener have begun by charting their campus and village, Zumikon. They plan to expand the project analysis and scope throughout Zurich. This was the first International School taking part, and the first in Switzerland, too! Mr. Gardener’s terrific training sessions at the annual ECIS conference have helped Green Mapping spread through this global schools network.

CHUNAN, Taiwan

This Green Map is a collaborative project between ten teachers and their students at Jushing Elementary School leaded by Jui-O Hsu. It includes the school and the adjacent community where most of the children attending the elementary school reside. The maps aims to enhance students’ awareness about environmental sustainability. The project lasted twelve weeks and five Green Maps, including maps of the school’s and community’s plant and animal habitats were planned. More about Taiwan’s Green Maps are in this story and in the Maps section.

TORORO, Uganda

This project was the first African Green Map, showing over 100 green sites around Tororo. This large hand-colored map was completed in June 1999 using Icon stickers. When it arrived in New York, GMS intern Beth Ferguson helped finish it by wordprocessing their handwritten site notes, then made several color copies. The team led by Odulla Joseph at Liberty Christian Center added more information to one of these copies, and they have plans for other sustainability projects. It’s been a very popular map in our exhibits. A profile on this project is here, find Mapmaker Odulla Joseph in the Green Trailblazers video on the DVD as well! See here a video clip of Odulla.


Educator Patricia Kubler worked with 180 children at two schools from different ends of the economic spectrum, Escuela Pública N.159 and Liceo Publico N. 43 (Enseñanza Secundaria). These projects focused on organic production and ecotourism. This was the first project in this South American country!


Led by Jason White and the Sustaining Tomorrow Today organization, the Mid-Valley Green Map will be a collaborative project between high school students from Basalt High School and Yampah High School and STT members. The map will highlight local food resources and locally-owned businesses to educate the public about these existing consumer options. It will be used as a tool in the economic localization project, Carbondale Economic Localization (CELL) that is currently being established in this community. After the completion of the Mid-Valley Green Map, the project will be expanded to include Roaring Fork Valley.

DENVER, Colorado, USA

5 central city neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado were charted by students in first through fifth grades with Susan Bardwell and Grounds for Learning during Summer 2000.


This Green Map is a collaborative project between 4 teachers and 23 students (ages 15-16) at Foothills Academy leaded by Chris Michaud. It is part of a larger Explorations curriculum in which the green community map is the first step towards identifying what the community needs, leading up to a student-directed service project. The map will include Clear Creek watershed from Golden to Wheat Ridge.

HYDE PARK, Illinois, USA

At Chicago area Ancona School, 5th & 6th grade students of Peg Pavelec planned a Green Map project focusing on ecology, economics and social awareness.


Regina Weir's Harmony School Educational Center students were involved with a city center Green Map in 2001. These 9-12 graders are focusing on sustainable economic development and organizations, bicycling and more. They completed the draft map before summer vacation 2001. Regina has led some of the Brooklyn Green Map projects when she worked with Recycle A Bicycle, too, and has contributed much to the original editions of Green Map System's youth tools!


Wichita High School North created walking tour maps covering the areas near the school and the Little Arkansas River. These Green Maps were in Spanish and English. The project was led by Kathryn Nelson.

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA

In Boston high school students developed a GIS map of the region along the Neponset River, with fellowships and help from Jessica Parsons and the Boston Natural Areas Fund.

HOLYOKE, Massachusetts, USA

Further west in Massachusetts, Holyoke's neighborhood project is combining the efforts of Americorps volunteers with the Nuestras Raices (Our Roots) community group, Rosa Velasquez, Alex Nuñez, Nelson Bolorin, Luis Saez, Daniel Ross and José Ríos and Beth Ferguson when she was a Hampshire College student. With two neighborhoods nearly completed and production of a guidance manual underway, the Holyoke Green Map was a great project for learning about GIS and other software for graphic communication.

NEWTON, Massachusetts, USA

At the Solomon Schecter Day School, in a suburb of Boston, 6th graders created a Green Map of eastern Massachusetts. With the goal of producing a useful resource for the student and school community, this project had students research and describe the various sites within the bounds of Route 495. The work was led by teachers Susan Weiss and Dan Weinstein.

PLYMPTON, Massachusetts, USA

Several YMCA Earth Service Corps groups have led Green Map projects around year 2000. Shown here are youth from Plympton; more images are posted at YESC's website, including the YMCA Earth Service Corps Club of the Washington Irving School.


In Massachusetts, youth at Bikes Not Bombs charted areas radiating out from the organization's location in Jackson Square, including Roxbury and Jamaica Plain area in 2004. Educator Matt Soycher is looking forward to seeing how these young cyclists interpret the environment for the benefit of others visiting the Bikes Not Bombs community.

OAKLAND, Michigan, USA

Students at Amerris High School worked to chart 24 square miles around Lake Orion in Autumn 2002. Their teacher Daniel Eller planned for the students to use all 125 Green Map Icons!


The Boys and Girls Club, along with AmeriCorps/NJYouth Corps, started this project as an after-school program. According to project leader Alain Kennedy, it had plans to grow into a summer project.

COLONIA, New Jersey, USA

Technology students of Adele Ellis at St. John Vianney School planned to create a bicycle-friendly Green Map.


The Enchanted Desert Green Map was the first bilingual Youth Map! Sixth grade students at Gil Sanchez Elementary did most of the work, according to project leader Ted Hodoba, nursery owner and parent volunteer. It uses Spanish and English to explain 15 sites of great environmental interest in parts of two counties, and gives lots of details about the ecology of the Enchanted Desert.


In 1999 the first neighborhood Green Map was published by Recycle-A-Bicycle's Summer Program. Working with Irene van Slyke, "Pedaling for Brooklyn's Gardens" created a bicycling Green Map, featuring students' essays on 15 beautiful but potentially endangered community gardens. These essays combine good description of community green spaces with personal testimonies about why it matters to kids that these spaces be preserved.

The map is a terrific awareness tool as it explains how the gardens were cultivated from trashed land, and nurtured by neighbors from different cultures. In creating Pedaling for Brooklyn's Gardens, the students learned how to produce a map and cycle safely for the environment.

"Are We Trashing The Apple?" was the evocative title of the North Brooklyn Recycle A Bicycle 1999 summer Green Map. They chose to chart the city-wide garbage crisis after learning that their neighborhood is the planned transfer site for NYC's residential waste. The map features the middle-school youths' drawings and text, and includes lots of facts and hints for reducing, reusing and recycling in NYC. This terrific group of young people and dedicated adults has several good ideas for sustainable living (and riding).

With Brooklyn Tech High School's urban planning class, the Green Map of the Fort Greene neighborhood took shape under the leadership of teachers William Aghassi & Joellen Reveira. Thanks to the Sustainability Education Center for supporting this project!

All of these projects are in the Maps section of this website and at the NYC Green Apple Map site, too.

BUSHWICK, Brooklyn, New York, USA

The Green Map of Bushwick, Brooklyn is a youth project started by Amanda Huron from the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment . In a collaborate project with its partner school, the Academy for Environmental Leadership, two 9th grade classes (the first class led by a BCUE instructor working with an art teacher; the second class will be led by a BCUE instructor working with a science teacher) will create two Green Maps of Bushwick, Brooklyn (their school’s neighborhood). The content of the maps will be determined by the students. The maps will be mass-produced and distributed around the neighborhood for other people to use and enjoy.


A "teen green map" was created in 2004, led by Terri Carta, Manager of Community Partnerships and Programs for the Central Park Conservancy. They created a large-scale map and thought of new local icons, including famous film locations and romance sites!

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan, New York, USA

In East Harlem, young people at All Saints Roman Catholic Church worked with Dr. Robert Zuber and staff from the Center of International Learning to create a Green Map of their church parish. The map focuses on issues of importance to East Harlem residents -- recycling and waste disposal, traffic hazards, child-friendly areas, community gardens, eating and purchasing healthy food, and parks. The map also highlights many Opportunity Sites, giving young people a chance to speak their mind about the kinds of ecological and cultural resources that they would like to see more of. Further described in this story, the map is accompanied by a wonderful album of neighborhood photographs taken by participating youth.

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan, New York, USA

On New York City's Lower East Side, Urban Ecology students at Satellite Academy High School and their teachers, Meenamba Hass & Paul Melkonian, mapped 8 different views, including historical & cultural sites, parks, gardens, blight sites, restaurants, delis & bodegas, phone booths and teen resources. A large map combining all 200+ sites on the 8 folding colorful brochures was exhibited at the Henry Street Settement's Abron Art Center in 2000.


As part of a global and national youth service day in 2006, youth at Service for Peace created a Green Map to foster a lifestyle of service and a consciousness of peacemaking. Project director, Hanako Ikeno says "The hope is through this project we can show what aspects are important in creating environmentally sound communities, as well as what they, as individuals can do locally ¨but also, expanding their global perspective of the world". The project successfully charted Flushing Meadow Park, and is continuing in 2007.


This was an enormous project made possible with the leadership of Mac Legerton and Center for Community Action. Middle school students and teachers hand-drew maps, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, with photos and narrative documenting their exciting finds! Their goal was to complete the entire county with a special focus on the sacred Lumber River. The flora, fauna, and culture were charted throughout the Lumber River Valley, along with agriculture and food security sites. Read more about this project in the Green Map Atlas, and see the riverside ecology center that developed as a result.


The Loos Elementary Science Club charted the 3 block radius of the school, including its "land lab". Educator Nancy Nerny is leading the project.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota, USA

Crossroads Elementary’s Green Map was completed in June 2006. This service-oriented school involved 5th and 6th graders during the intersession period in the project. Educator Lynda Anderson stated that the project has two questions to address: What does our neighborhood have that is youth-friendly and what do we need?


At the Westside Family YMCA, this project involved youth and teens with a focus on local recreation and habitat sites. Participants, led by Angela Dickey, have written descriptions of parks, wildlife habitats, historical landmarks and more. The goal is to actively engage young people through service learning in their community. The Green Map project is seen as a valuable tool for creating opportunities for teens to make a difference in their communities.


Bi-lingual students helped create the first Portland Green Map in 2002. As a pilot project, their map became part of the city-wide project, which focused on neighborhoods as a way to frame the diversity and richness of the whole city. An amazing comprehensive citywide map was published in the summer of 2002!


Plans for the Green Map were organized by the Sherwood Institute for Sustainability, in cooperation with the Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies and the Sherwood School District. Students at Sherwood Middle School worked with a GIS specialist and graphic designer, with the goal of highlighting protected green spaces in Sherwood.


The YMCA Earth Service Corps started this project with a goal of "helping other students, tourists, and community members appreciate fully the efforts being made to make Chattanooga an "Eco City" full of both sustainable and cultural sites." We are not certain they reached their goal, but we certainly appreciated their efforts.

ELKHORN, Wisconsin

At Elkhorn Area High School, advanced students of Deanna Brunlinger worked on a citywide Green Map. The goal was to help youth become as familiar with the environment in their own hometown as they are with that of the rainforest.

SEATTLE, Washington, USA

The Homewaters Project, based at Nathan Hale and Cleveland High Schools, was coordinated by Sharon London. Printed and web based GIS maps are the initial goal, with trainings and expansion planned in the future. You can download the newsletter of this project here. Also, Seattle Parks Department's Dawn Blanch is preparing to start another Green Map project!


In Penygraig and Williamstown Wales, Valley Kids and the Penygraig Boys and Girls Club undertook a mural and print map project, according to Community Project worker Nia Adamson (she’s pictured here with the Demand Dragon whose creation was inspired by the Brooklyn Demand Man!) There is a terrific report about this projects exciting goals and accomplishments. Youth will be doing much of the work as traffic, derelict buildings, recreational sites, community facilities and services are charted.

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