Culture & society

Traditional aesthetics, techniques and materials used in high quality crafts, art and locally made goods.
May be a shop, showroom or studio.
 

Place where clubs, meetings and social gatherings involving the whole community are held.
May be a formalised community centre, or one established though common use.
 

Important contributors to the community's sense of place and built environment. Historical, art, music, legendary, non-institutional resources, monuments, organizations and places, even temporary projects may be included.

Useful where the site has met or exceeded local or national standards for eco- certification.

Site where individuals and groups can gather to discuss sustainability and organize actions, campaigns and networks.

Get various kinds of environmental, sustainability and ecological information in person, by phone or mail.
Groups and campaigns that raise awareness around the right to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment equally for all people, regardless of background, race, gender, age, where "environment" is considered in its totality to include the ecological (biological), physical (natural and built), social, political, aesthetic, and economic environments.

Place to contemplate nature or spiritual pursuit.
May be an organised religion's sanctuary or environmental programme, or a profoundly beautiful place, even an old cemetery or an 'oasis of calm' in a busy area.

A site, centre or gathering place (indoors or outdoors) where informal or formal education on environmental topics takes place.

Environmental education refers to teaching about how natural environments function and how human beings can manage their behavior and ecosystems in order to live sustainably.

City Hall or other governmental office useful as a landmark or for information.

Projects and products where environmental, social and cultural impacts inform design and aim to transform life.

Place where copies of Green Maps are accessible and can be taken home.

School with an environmental curriculum, green building and/or sustainability practices. In some cases, there's a certification program from a Green Schools authority. May also indicate organizations, offices and groups promoting green school development.

Site for independent or eco-friendly media, or related training programme.

General information for tourists, residents and newcomers regarding local resources.

Solid waste dump where garbage and soil are layered together, preferably in a properly lined landfill with a methane gas capturing system. When filled, decommissioned landfills are capped and sometimes eco-landscaped.

These cultural institutions are often landmarks and easy to find.
Focused on history, arts etc, they are not necessarily focused on nature, the environment or sustainable ways of living, social responsibility or other locally relevant criteria.

Website addresses (or links) to useful local/global information online. May indicate public access to the internet.

Socially responsible non-profit organisation, NGO or educational group, government office, club or advocacy group that contributes to sustainability in important ways.
Municipal systems for treating wastewater and sewage, may include biological systems for cleaning water. Some may have public information centres or tours.
Landmark of convenience, although not likely to be an example of green technology. May be too numerous to map, except in proximity to remote green sites.