GMS is a globally connected, locally adaptable framework for promoting community sustainability. While local mapping teams select the sites, green mapmakers around the world use a shared visual language: more than 100 icons that symbolize various types of ecological and cultural sites. Among the features highlighted on green maps are:
- Gardens, parks, places of natural beauty, wildlife habitats, and zoos
- Farmers' markets, ecobusinesses, and sustainable economic developments
- Pedestrian zones, bike lanes, mass transit, and car-free options
- Cultural resources, historical features, ecotourism destinations
- Solar and other renewable technologies sites
- Important social, governmental, and health information resources
- Bioregional, geological, and other natural features
- Water, power, and waste infrastructures
- Environmentally sound architecture and significant design projects
- Toxic hot spots and pollution sources.
Green maps help residents discover new resources for preserving and sustaining urban ecology, and guide visitors to successful greening initiatives that they can replicate in their own communities. Maps have been published in 30 cities as far-flung as New York, Kyoto, Adelaide, Utrecht, and Montreal, and over 100 green mapmaking projects are now in progress across North America and abroad. Each completed map is posted and linked on the GMS Web site (www.greenmap.org) along with contact information and reports from the mapmaking team.
Green Map System, Box 249, New York, NY 10002; 212/674-1631; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.greenmap.org From Green Teacher (Summer 1999). Subscriptions: $24/yr. (4 issues) from Box 1431, Lewiston, NY 14092; www.web.net/~greentea/