Eco Tourism At Its Best

When you consider visiting or moving to a place, wouldn’t it be great to know where the environmentally-friendly places are? The revolutionary Green Map System allows just that with its ecomaps. The maps will let you know where to shop green, recycle, and where the green spaces are, among the resources it helps you uncover. Since its beginning in 1995, over 450 Green maps of cities, towns and villages have been published by hand-picked mapmakers in 50 countries.

Mapmakers are comprised of those interested in creating sustainable communities, including community developers, biologists, teachers and even kids. In the fall of 2008, the New York City-based non-profit organization is launching Green Map System, which will be an interactive space for all to share insights and images, utilizing Google Map technology, Green Map Icons and local knowledge. As a registered Green mapmaker, you are able to contribute your individual experiences and resources as well as gain access to the organization’s Tool Center, which is part of the Green Map Greenhouse. From there, you can explore project profiles by visiting the Maps section of the website.

The system grew from the direction of Wendy E. Brawer after she created the Green Apple Map of NYC, which highlights the city’s main environmental places. The green map system contributes to global sustainable community development utilizing maps that chart environmental and cultural resources. The maps enhance sustainability networks locally and globally while increasing demand for greener options and spreading them to more communities.

The system accomplishes this objective through its mapmaking tools, icons, websites allowing for numerous languages, workshops, and regional groups. Each map is a local project, made by those who live or work in their community and is managed by an independent team sharing their experience with a global network. The project can bring communities together to address environmental issues. Mapmakers can connect through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Through Flickr, users can share photos of their work and events.

Sources: Open Green Map , Ecocultural , Flickr