Start a Green Future With Green Maps Communities

Dave Wortman discusses the green maps project where map out green areas in towns and cities that promote farmer's markets, locally produced goods, natural food restaurants and environmentally sustainable businesses.

| June/July 2002

Learn about the benefits of promoting green living using green maps in communities.

For thousands of years, maps have played pivotal roles in human history. They've been used to chart voyages of discovery, find buried treasure, even fight wars. In our modern, car-oriented society, we depend on maps to help us get where we want to go. Today, communities are using the visual power of maps in a provocative new way: to chart a path toward a greener, more environmentally sustainable future.

From Kalamazoo, Michigan, to New York City, students, teachers, and activists are creating green maps to promote farmer's markets, locally produced goods, natural food restaurants and environmentally sustainable businesses.

Green maps also are being used to reconnect people with community parks, bike paths, recycling centers and museums — unique places that give our communities a rich sense of identity, but are often overlooked in today's fast-paced culture.

Like conventional road maps, green maps provide practical information for residents and visitors by using a set of icons. But that's where the similarities with road maps end.

Green maps involve people in the rediscovery of their community. Filled with compelling facts, figures and the stories behind the symbols, green maps help users understand where their water comes from, how their buying choices affect the environment and what they can do to promote a greener, more sustainable way of life.

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