Dalhousie University Green Map: Improving Ecological Literacy through Community Mapping
Wickramanayake, Rajitha (Ebony)
MetadataShow full item record
Improving ecological literacy may be the only method by which one can empower a community and allow a society to create a deeper connection with the environment. Green maps, or community maps, have developed in the past decade as a tool to inform and educate, and improve community spirit. Consequently, there are now 225 green map projects in 38 countries under the Green Map System, an international organization committed to increasing awareness of natural and cultural phenomena in one’s community. Based on the success of these global projects, an exploratory study was designed to collect data concerning green initiatives and sustainable practices on Dalhousie’s Studley Campus in order to develop a green map. The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology was used to create a map that could be easily updated or replicated. The map was created from planometric data of Halifax provided by the Killam Map Library as well as a CAD drawing developed by Facilities Management. Standard icons from the Green Map System were used to represent the phenomena discovered through interactive interviews and walk-throughs of buildings and campus pathways. GPS units were also used to collect geographically referenced data points for recycling bins and bike racks. The map was finally published using Adobe Illustrator CS and presented in a brochure format.