Get to know the Green Map Icons!

Already recognized in 65 countries, they bring a wide range of sustainability resources to light. These lively symbols identify, promote and link local resources in an eye-catching, easy to grasp manner that systematically connects themes and places in meaningful way.

Sustainability can be complicated so Green Map Icons are in three sections - Green Living, Nature, Culture & Society - then into 12 categories to make it easier to consider what to add to your map. These Icons highlight important assets, as well as challenges to community wellbeing. You can use Green Map Icons along with other symbols on maps and other projects.

Green Map Icons have a great collaborative history!

Co-designed by hundreds of Green Mapmakers since 1995, the meaning and importance of these icons can be further explored in this video, Poster, Definitions, and selected icon resources. Designed to evolve with our understanding of sustainable development in the community context, we also provide the underlying ‘pattern language’ so you can create new symbols that harmonize with the Green Map Icons.

We ask for your email address, so we know who is using the resources we created. We will write you occasionally, and invite you to get more involved in this network and organization. Here you can find complete attribution and license information, including non-conforming uses.

Share your Outcomes!

Your Green Map Project is important well beyond your own community! We invite you to share your story, whether you create a map, an event or a product. It’s an easy way to extend your audience and share your new initiatives with the Green Map network, year after year. Social media will announce each addition you make, and you can embed your Stories in your own website too.

Our network has shown us how important it is to share exciting developments from time to time. Being open means there will be inspiring surprises created by Green Map Makers from all parts of the world - when you download the icons we ask for your email so you will be among the first to know about best practices, pilot projects and exemplary expressions that refresh our experience and build the movement.


You can use the Green Map Icons in part or as a complete set many different ways. These examples are only the beginning - discover more in our Archive and books.

Download sets, font, poster (in different languages), definitions

There are several formats for the icons, including:

Matrix / chart to come, maybe simple | Format - Best For - Size, Color, Transparent, etc

We also offer a file containing all the sets icons, including the fonts, definitions etc. Find out how to credit Green Map System, access and use the Green Map logo or to use the the icons for commercial purposes under Style Guide will help you design a beautiful, powerful Green Map. Based on the Green Maps created around the world, each is a ‘snapshot’ of a community as it makes progress toward sustainability. Designed for residents, visitors, special events and themes, see a selection here. Search for cities and regions here.

Posters, sketch maps, print maps and other formats can be made alongside interactive maps, extending the engagement process. Make stickers or hand-draw icons for workshop and classroom maps; stencils for signage might be cut out in a Maker Space etc. Add a Green Map to a green space proposal or research paper. Use our engagement tools to create a unique campaign or even a party with a purpose!

Map platform images - this could be a view of the Tutorial blocks

Green Map Icons are ready to use with several interactive mapping platforms, including CARTO, ESRI’s StoryMap, Google My Map and other platforms. Details on how each of these platforms works is in the Tutorial section.

What makes a great Green Map Maker, and what can you expect to accomplish?

Map Makers build their own capacity to communicate, organize, and produce, along with other skills that will increase the value of all your efforts. Mapping is just part of the actions you can take! Find out more in our Project Stories, which are linked, tagged and ready to be shared. or peruse locally written stories in the Green Map Impacts book that share knock-on benefits of Green Map projects. Be thinking about creating your Story when you document your project.

Our Creative Commons License

Green Map Icons are provided with a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. This means you can freely use them on non-commercial projects of any kind, provided that you give credit to Green Map System and share your project in the same spirit in which you received the icons. This copyleft license is detailed here. +CC: If you have another intended use for our icons, brand and tools, do contact us in advance.

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