submit to reddit GoNOMAD Travel          Instagram

Mapping the World Community by Community: The Green Map System

The Green Map System (GMS) brings a locally adaptable framework into many hands. GMS invites voluntary design teams of all ages and backgrounds to create a Green Map by charting urban areas in a manner that illuminates the interconnections between the natural and cultural environments.

Each Green Map is created locally and all utilize our globally designed icons to identify, promote and link their community's green sites and the places that make the environment special -- including sustainable economic developments, transportation options, renewable resources and natural sites, historical and design projects and even the toxic hot spots.

With the goal of cultivating community sustainability while transcending cultural barriers, both the process and resulting Green Maps encourage discovery and personal involvement, asset appreciation and stewardship, networking and the transfer of successful greening and cultural sustainability initiatives by residents and visitors alike.

Begun in 1991

GMS started in 1991, and hundreds of diverse and spirited Green Maps have been completed to date. This total includes many places that have published Green Maps, including world capital cities of Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Mexico City, Singapore and Wellington. Some are from US cities including San Francisco, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Athens, Boulder and larger areas such as the State of Rhode Island, St. Pete/Clearwater, FL and Hackensack/Meadowlands, NJ.

Other Green Maps were completed for display in community centers and schools by youth in Valencia, NM; Denver, CO; Robeson, NC; Boston, MA; and Calgary, North Sydney, Holguin, Cuba and other places.

These projects yield wonderful results as youth and adults investigate and interpret their community's character and quality, then express their views through the ancient and powerful medium of maps. Many of the maps are produced as interactive digital web maps and can be experienced directly via links from our website,

Each of the hundreds of currently active projects all over the world is described and linked to the Green Maps section of the site, along with News, progress reports, Youth and Spanish Green Map sections, guidance for new Green Mapmakers, our Awards and other recognition, a guest book and much more!

The project's goals for the near future include opening on on-line store so travelers and other interested parties can conveniently obtain their choice of published Green Maps, our Icon Poster and Youth Mapping Resource Disk, etc. We're also planning an online magazine that will explore the Green Maps, the sites on them, and the process of creating them in a colorful illustrated format.

From their NYC hub, they are continually building up the GMS framework used for creative, regionally expressive mapmaking, promoting participation, offering guidance and then documenting both maps and the design methodologies behind them. We also pilot new approaches locally through Green Apple Maps of NYC, promote the global and local outcomes and ensure that the best mapmaking practices are made available on-line and off to our expanding global network.

Green Map System

Green Hat Boat Tours By Art Now Nha Trang boasts the cleanest and most beautiful of the municipal
Touring Alaska the Green Tortoise Way: Twenty-Eight Days on a "Hippie Bus" By Sam
At Home With Norman Rockwell: Arlington, VermontAs Inn on Covered Bridge Green By Ann H
Behind Libya's Green Door By Jono David In August 2001, I traveled behind enemy
they say they do. You can't miss the green building at 4778 Guatemala Street! If a business isnAt up
The MARTA map shows how simple AtlantaAs rail system is to navigate. Photos by Jaclyn C
is a visitor from the tropics of South America. Sacred Trees of Western India: Mumbai's Green
through downtown. The James River Park System , a unique part of RichmondAs Department of Parks
The Kunsthaus Graz: It's not a potato. Graz Austria: Whimsical Humor and Green Ideals
by Max Hartshorne. The Azores: Nine Green Islands in the Atlantic By Max Hartshorne
Floating the Buffalo River in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Arkansas Ozarks: A Green
. There is a concerted effort in every aspect of government to be green, think long term
. Sustainable Seattle: Green Space and Local Produce By Shelley Rotner I flew into Seattle
and often overlooked as a vacation spot, was recently crowned the European Green Capital of 2016
City of the Green-Eyed Beauty: A Literary Guide to Istanbul By Inka Piegsa-Quischotte Squish

Tags: storySection: Helps
New Travel Articles


Subscribe to GoNOMAD's monthly enewsletter for all of our new travel articles
Get our free monthly travel newsletter
and help support sustainable and responsible tourism.
No spam, no selling
your email, we promise!

Subscribe to our email newsletter!

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter!

amazon ad300x250