How to Make a Green Map using Google Earth

Google Earth is a quick, fun resource for Green Map projects that want to create a basic, three dimensional, zoomy map that can be shared as images, interactive tours and on the desktop. It’s dramatic as the globe is populated in seconds. You can import (KML with labels from Open Green Map) and also, add new sites. Some customization is possible but styling is accomplished by editing each site.

This is a great platform for people with basic skills who want to share their viewpoint on community and promote nature, culture, social and green living sites!

You can create this Green Map on the desktop - no internet is needed. You can send files, images and tours around or share it on Google +, but there is no URL to share interactive or embedded views.

Here is an example featuring waste-reduction sites in New York, created by exporting some of the data from the Open Green Map platform. This project, which included a print map, is described at

We created one Google Earth Tutorial with details for both new Green Mapmakers and those who created a map on the Open Green Map platform.

Download the PDF below to get started.

You can comment below and help us improve the Tutorial, share ideas, etc.

This Google Earth Help Forum is very useful - and of course, you can search on Google with your questions and find answers quickly.

Our thanks to Lucas Reckhaus and Peter van de Loo for supporting this effort.

PDF icon Green Map Google Earth Tutorial.pdf1.17 MB

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