Green Map System

Rating: 4.95 stars   21 reviews


220A East 4th St. New York NY 10009 USA


Activating inclusive participation in sustainable community development with our globally recognized icons, adaptable engagement and mapmaking tools, we support locally-led Green Map projects in 65 countries and encourage collaboration among them. Our mission is to help each local team build leadership capacity, knowledge and networks as they identify, promote and link their city’s ecological, cultural, employment and social justice resources. Printed, interactive and multimedia Green Maps share a worldview that’s immediate, resilient, actionable and naturally attractive to a wide range of residents, decision-makers and visitors, impacting the economy, climate and commons we all share.


We have won 20 different awards for our icons, mapping tools and program. Hundreds of Green Maps are now available to the public. Our tool center includes both locally-made tools shared by Green Mapmakers and many that we have created for them. Our network's vitality and outcomes can be explored in the book (free download) at

Target demographics:

Everyone! We provide Green Mapmaking tools to students, grassroots groups, NGOs, universities, governmental agencies and others. Residents, tourists, researchers and media of all backgrounds use the Green Maps.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

About 100 new projects start each year

Geographic areas served:

875 diverse communities in 65 countrieserse communities in 55 countries


Green Mapmakers include students, grassroots groups, NGOs, universities, governmental agencies and others. As they chart the way towards a healthier, more resilient and sustainable future, the resulting Green Maps benefit residents, tourists and decision-makers.

Over 500 locally designed, printed Green Maps are in use. 350 interactive maps, created on our Open Green Map platform, can be enhanced with public comments and images, explored on mobile phones and embedded in websites.

Our tools build capacity, knowledge and networks. In 2013 - 2014, with your support, we are developing a ‘data bridge’ to support collaboration and new partnerships to accelerate progress and taking part in beyond-the map initiatives that impact people of all backgrounds.

Subscribe to our newsletter, explore our projects and partners online, and consider how creating a Green Map will help change perspectives and engage meaningful action in your community!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Green Map System has been empowering communities around the world based on local action strategies. The biggest asset of the organization is the global network of mapmakers who support each other - a sustainable model of community development.

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9 people found this review helpful

Green Map is a fantastic, dynamic organization. They have developed a methodology used by local communities to map their own green resources, using a shared set of universal icons. Their web-based Open Green Map should be THE platform for sharing information with each other about sites that promote sustainable living.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

using the NYC maps to discover things in my community, from a nearby site that accepts composting to a thermal energy site that I was able to line up a visit to when my company considered this technology for a new building.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

from the founder to mapmakers from various parts of the world, everyone I've met who is involved in some way have been wonderful, dedicated people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely hardworking and talented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide support to many more communities to map their green resources, help bring their mapping methodology and curricula to cschools and universities, and even to many corporations interested in social responsibility through mapping their own operations.

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About every month

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