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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


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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.


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.