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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 GreenMap-Berlin.de 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 http://greenmap.jp/kids -- 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 http://miraigreenmap.jp.

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 http://greenmap.jp/mirai
- 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 (GreenGuide.nu, 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.