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THE GREEN MAP SYSTEM


source: www.greenmap.org

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what: Green Map System is a global eco-cultural movement, energized by local knowledge, action and responsibility. Its mission is to strengthen the community's awareness of and connection to the urban ecology through locally-created visual representations of hometown environments. Mixing the ancient art of map-making with new, interactive media, citizens of all ages and backgrounds are invited to adapt and employ their global iconography and collaborative tools as they chart the green places, environmental resources and socially-significant sites in their own cities.

why: Green Maps illuminate the inter-connections between society, nature and the built environment, helping residents make lower impact lifestyle choices and discover great ways to get involved in the urban ecology, and simultaneously guide visitors (especially virtual ones) to successful initiatives they can replicate back home.

Green Maps are locally created maps that chart the natural and cultural environment. Using adaptable tools and a shared visual language of Green Map Icons to highlight green living resources, Green Maps cultivate citizen participation and community sustainability. They are maps to discover the best sustainable sites in towns and villages around the world.

the approach: many of them merge a variety of topics, so you are able to get an extensive overview on how to live in the city as a tourist, as a student, a worker or just a traveler. Sustainable sites are displayed on each Green Map according to a set of given icons, which are unique to the Green Map System and have been designed to highlight different kinds of green and cultural sites.

where: more than 80 cities and rural areas have their own Green Map, though another 130 projects are on their way. Green Maps are designed and produced locally by teams who intend to promote sustainable living in cities. Each map has its own identity and accompanies the traveler through places chosen individually according to the original aim of the project design. Therefore, you might find maps that focus on eco-tourism routes, others on community or youth and kids centers (New York Youth Green Maps), others again on cycling paths (Kyoto Green Map) or sustainable daily activities (Copenhagen Green Map) or even maps used as planning tools (Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Green Map).

draw your map: the Green Map System (GMS) delivers a locally adaptable framework into many hands. It invites 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 designed environments. Utilizing GMS's shared visual language, a collaboratively designed set of engaging icons that symbolize the different kinds of urban green sites and cultural resources, mapmakers are independently producing unique, regionally flavored images that fulfil local needs, yet have a global linkage.

networking: the resulting printed and digital Green Maps identify, promote and link eco and social resources. Each merges the ancient art of map making and new media in creating a fresh perspective that helps hometown residents discover great ways to get involved with the urban environment, and guides tourists (especially virtual ones) to special places and successful greening initiatives they can experience, and then replicate back home. Each Green Map is the result of a process that is determined locally, but it's influenced by other mapmakers' experiences. All Green Maps are linked to this website. Together, they form a powerful impression of how communities around the world are making progress toward ecological and cultural sustainability.
contacts

Wendy Brawer,
Green Map System
PO Box 249
New York, NY 10002
USA
ph: +1 212 674 1631
fax: +1 212 674 6206
web@greenmap.org
 
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