Thursday, May 14, 2009

US Cities Going Green with Google Maps

Baltimore Green Map

Baltimore Green Map has used the map making tool, Green Map, to map Baltimore's ecological and cultural resources. Over 250 green sites in the Baltimore region are featured on the map and it is possible to nominate other sites to be included on the map.

The map shows a number of positive citizen activities in Baltimore, such as community gardens planted, murals painted, parks’ partnerships activated, “green” schools, farmers markets, bicycle-friendly roadways; recycling centers and healthy eating venues.

Easton Urban Ecology Maps

Easton in Pennsylvania has created two green Google Maps mashups, an Urban Gardens and Urban Ecology Map and a Public Transportation and Biking Map.

The Urban Gardens and Urban Ecology Map displays community gardens, church gardens, select private gardens and other public gardens. Also included on this map are sites of interests in Easton such as restaurants, community centers, museums, and other attractions.

The Public Transportation and Biking Map identifies bike trails, pedestrian urban walking trails, greenways, parks, scenic views and by-ways, waterways, transportation facilities, and environmental amenities in Easton.

All three maps featured in this post use Green Map Icons V3 for the map markers. The Baltimore Green Map website has a legend page that identifies what each icon represents.

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