Tools for Your Community

Our open tools include the co-designed Green Maps Icons and mapping and engagement resources. Get the Icons here - read the license, explore new ways to use the award-winning set our mapping and engagement tools.

Our nonprofit organization’s icons, tools, platform and tutorials help people create engaging, effective Green Maps and related projects. As guides to local resources for sustainable living, including ecological, cultural and social sites, Green Maps act as a marketing service for the hometown environment. Each project spurs awareness, action and change. Going open with a Creative Commons 4.0 license supports our mission of involving everyone in the sustainability of our common future.

When you use the Green Map Icons, please register what you create as a Project Story. Important for understanding the breadth and diversity of the communities, though the Project Stories you can share your work with global audiences and generate the capacity for new partnerships and eco-experiences. Be solutionary! There are many ways to engage and inspire with our open resources. Share your interpretative signage, videos, consulting projects, art and community-engaged planning processes as a Project Story to encourage everyone to contribute to sustainable community development! Everything is possible - find details under Projects.

When framed in a Story, your Green Map Project will join hundreds of others, made by nearly 1000 diverse project teams in 65 countries since 1995. Many joined this network when the ‘Greenhouse’, our first content-managed website, which went live in 2006. It’s archived online, as this rich resource is full of great stories and beautiful, action-oriented maps created by the Green Mapmakers from all parts of the world - we are still gleaning the best resources from it, too.

Now, we are redefining 'Mapmaker'. We are literally opening a space for new ideas by framing the term as ‘Map Maker’. Online, we are providing space to share all types of projects. We welcome your thoughts about this, and your help.

Mapping Platforms

Ah yes - confusingly, we named our award-winning mapping platform the ‘Open Green Map’ as it was designed to be open for map users to contribute images and viewpoints. OGM was an award-winning design in 2009, and we are proud that people from more than 40 countries have produced nearly 500 interactive maps. Now eclipsed by robust, well-maintained and durable mapping platforms, we have studied how the various options work in light of our network’s divergent needs.

We are transitioning from our own OGM social mapping platform toward what we are calling ‘platform diversity’. Check out the tutorials we developed with CARTO, Google My Maps, Esri ArcGIS and more to come. The robust tools can incorporate OGM data and other open data feeds and will expedite your local partnerships and network development. Use Green Map Icons with other platforms and applications too. Explore here.

Your knowledge, experience and open expression is important to your local community, and to the world. Let’s help make our home planet a better world. Think global, map local!