By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Whenever I travel, I always try to find environmentally friendly things to do. I'm one of those people who over the years have become more conscious of the world I live in. Before I set out on my next trip to New York City, I'd like to broaden my knowledge on green initiatives. You always have a great list of suggestions and I'm hoping you could help me too.

A: An online green map made its debut on Leap Day (February 29, 2004) in New York City. Called the Green Map Atlas, this interactive map illustrates the stories of the natural and cultural environment from cities around the world and is available for free download from their web site,

Based in New York City, the NGO has come up with an interactive world map that provides 10 atlas stories including Toronto, Pune (India); Jakarta (Indonesia); Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Hakodate (Japan); New York City, Milwaukee WI and Robeson County NC.

Tom Stafford from The Ecologist says, "The Green Map re-imagines the city; it shows what is already there and could serve as inspiration for what might be." Over 350-color maps, photos and graphics are included in the Atlas. Wendy E. Brawer, founding director of the Green Map System hopes each Green Map will help spur similar projects worldwide.

The Green Map Atlas is a digital volume in Portable Document Format (PDF). Since the online launch, over 30,000 copies of the Green Map Atlas have been downloaded.


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