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.


1 comment:

Wendy Brawer said...

Glad to see this post! all 3 of these Green Maps® are based on Green Map System's social mapping platform at - here they are shown in widget format.

This participatory sustainability mapping website will be officially launched on June 5, but there are already over 50 maps open to public viewpoints, so please come and add an image, insight or impact to any of the 4,000 sites on the platform - or suggest a new site! You can also compare any of the green sites with all others using the same icon on the platform. Find out more about getting involved in Green Mapmaking in your community online!