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Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Media & Communications

Mission: 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.

Results: 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 GreenMap.org/impacts

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

Programs:

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!

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Green Map and I'm very impressed with the its global impact! There are so many countries around the world that are adapting the Green Map System, together making our earth more sustainable! If you want to chart a sustainable area in your neighborhood, be sure to check out the website.

Advisor

Rating: 5

My involvement with Green Map has been longstanding and almost universally satisfying. Being involved with tools and networks that help people make connections within their communities, not only to challenges but to resources and opportunities for change, has been a huge personal and professional benefit. Especially since most of my work is policy oriented and deals with 'big' security issues, being able to maintain the connection to communities and their sustainability leaders has kept me (and others) grounded and energized.

Green Map operates on a shoestring, but if there is a lesson to be learned in our time it is that there is only a modest relationship between the size of your budget and the size of your impact. The creative and entrepreneurial spirit of people still makes the difference and Green Map has been able to tap such spirit in abundance.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Green Maps manages to be global and local at the same. Using grassroots efforts, Green Maps allows any community to better understand its sustainability capacity. We in Pierre, SD made an open green map to showcase those assets that make our community green so now we join cities such as New York and Chicago. Creating a map is simple, no GIS experience is necessary. The icons are clean and descriptive. Great support documents and a positive "vibe" from their social media. Very responsive to inquiries.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have worked with Green Map since 1998. I am also on their Advisory. They have been core to the development of our own Community Mapping work, our UVIC Community Mapping Collaboratory and the Common Ground Mapping network - Info: mapping.uvic.ca . They have attended many of our conferences, we have co-produced publications with them and they have supported the process and production of over 15 community green map projects and maps in our own region here in Victoria British Columbia. Many sectors have benefited from their expertise and global vision.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Visual, simple, friendly, the Green Map System is a strategic tool to knowledge and outreach our identity from a rediscovery environmental, social and cultural of our communities.
No walls or borders. A global group of mapmakers, ready to collaborate, exchange experiences, ideas and make a diference around the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wasn't sure what to expect when my hometown, Montclair, NJ, was selected to become a recipient of a Sustainable Jersey grant enabling us to acquire an Open Green Map. Thanks to our volunteers, and Wendy Brawer's guidance and technical assistance, our results are much greater than I could have even hoped. We have identified over 100 sustainability assets and attributes in our community - from electric charging stations to our Farmers' Market, and from historical places and our Recycling Zones to the Montclair Art Museum - and the OGM is now available to all residents and will soon also be available on our Township Website. We've had input from people I wouldn't have thought even cared, and we are excited about opportunities to be able to work with school kids as well. Wendy even came to our town for a day-long presentation and Map demonstration! The Green Map organization is a well-organized, successful, and generous group and we are proud to be a part of the international Green Map movement.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Green Map System is spreading worldwide to help communities and groups
understand and act for sustainable development. Communicating among so many
different groups in so many countries makes this a truly valuable tool for all ages
and can even change the thinking of the inhabitants and the local governments.
Bravo Green Map keep sharing the icons and making the change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Green Map System's Youth Mapmaking initiative is a wonderful approach for anyone to comfortably participate from society to connect, collaborate and learn while charting out environmentally friendly actions and sustainable directions. The organization's uniquely designed environmental iconography is not only a visual treat to the eye but is even simple to interpret, too.
Green mapmaking with Green Map System is so much more exciting, enjoyable and effective than ever before!

Client Served

Rating: 5

GreenMap has made making community maps in British Columbia a joy rather than a chore. Our community partners love the icons and the icons draw out their stories: superb seeding!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

various maps in the open greenmap system have helped me find interesting places and projects to visit when I travel.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the Green Map, although short, has been very productive. It values your ideas and makes them their first priority since creativity is like their second name. They made me give feedback on their youth modules, six of them, which I found out were extremely beneficial and I was glad to give my part into it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The green map system is not only an approach for society or culture that record the people who living here, but also applies the knowledge of natural science, art and any field if you want it to be that way. Furthermore, It is a tool to encourage our creativity. The Green.com provides the users a space to exchange information and develop an sufficient knowledge base.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Green Map holds an important place in the field of non-profits. For such a small organization, they continue to make huge strides in bridging global, sustainable communities. I'm continually impressed by the way Green Map uses the power of the people to officiate change. As an intern with Green Map, I've watched Wendy Brawer and my fellow employees work tirelessly to improve their software and expand Green Map's audience.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Map System is an unusually strong nonprofit in a crowded field. Wendy Brawer and Carlos Martinez made multiple site visits and gave presentations to help us launch our effort, pro bono! Wendy personifies open-source, informed and engaged leadership with her gentle demeanor and dogged commitment. The brand and vision are utterly consistent, and the quality of empowerment that Green Mapping brings to communities is high. We have been able to engage a regional leadership fellows program in completing our Green Map thanks to the care and quality of the platform created by Green Map Central.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had excellent experience with Green Map System since 2007, with all the great workers and people involved all around the world. Not only did I participate in achieving its organizational goals, but had opportunities to communicate with local green leaders and visitors from other countries.

5

Former staff

Rating: 5

Green Map is a forward thinking organization that affects people all over the world and in all levels of society. With services for Companies, Universities, Government, Youth, and other Community Groups, Green Map progresses the sustainable, natural, and cultural ambitions of organizations throughout the globe.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Green Map is a great resource to bring "Green" lifestyles and information to the greater public.The Green map System has been a great organisation to work with and they have really listened to their clients needs and provided great support and innovation!

6

Former staff

Rating: 5

Green Map's adaptable tools and methodologies offer a new perspective to explore and address social and environmental issues. Community participation is a key role in this kind of projects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I really appreciate on Green Map System is that all people who are involved in projects and events work ambitious and with zest as well for sustainability in a lot of different societies and cultures around the world.