Green Map System has engaged communities worldwide in mapping green living, nature and cultural resources since 1995, after it started in New York. It has now involved over 950 communities in 65 countries. The purpose is to map the resources in the area, to increase community awareness, to inspire collective action and help people to be more active in their community, to help with regeneration and increase pride and to highlight good and recognise not so good sites. Both the mapmaking process and the resulting Green Maps have tangible effects that:
- Strengthen local-global sustainability networks
- Expand the demand for healthier, greener choices
- Help successful initiatives spread to even more communities
Entries can include green areas and parks, social resources, culture and heritage sites, recycling points, places to buy organic or local food, renewable energy sites etc.
Green Map® Icons are at the heart of the Green Map movement and used by the entire network, this globally designed universal set of symbols (some examples below) makes each Green Map easy to explore, regardless of the language and cultural orientation of the user.
Sustainable Swansea has been at the forefront of Green Mapping in Wales and the Swansea Green Map was the first in Wales in 2005. Then a Faith map and an Alternative Travel Map were produced. This was followed by a series of Community Green maps, for Penlan, Castle, Townhill, Morriston, Pontarddulais, Gower, St Thomas & Port Tennant, Penderry and the Central part of Swansea.
The latest ones are thematic – the Swansea Green Spaces map shows some of Swansea’s amazing variety of open spaces for people to explore and play and the online Swansea Growing Map highlights many of Swansea’s food growing projects that people can be inspired by and join in with. All these maps are prepared in partnership with local people who know their community best.