May 30, 2006 9:00 PM PDT

Google's first mashup goes green

Google has launched its first mashup--a map-based Web site with information about earth-friendly locations in five of the U.S.'s top travel destinations.

The site, at maps.google.com/green, features information on and video tours of spots in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Orlando, Fla., as well as tips for "traveling green" during the summer using Google Maps.

Google goes green

"This is important to us," Luanne Calvert, creative director at Google, said Tuesday. "One of the big objectives for Google as a corporation is to promote environmental protection," she said.

Listings include the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Go Raw Cafe in Las Vegas, the Tree People park and EcoLimo in Los Angeles, the Skyscraper Museum and Central Park in New York, the Forever Florida nature preserve and Horse World Riding Stables in Orlando and, in San Francisco the Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast and the Exploratorium.

The Earth Day Network, which sponsors Earth Day every April, recommended the locations listed. The Web site has been live since last week and is being announced on Wednesday. Additional listings, cities and countries will be added in the future.

"The goal is to have everyone using Google Maps to get around this summer," Calvert said. "The motto is Green not Grim...green can be fun."

By "green" Google means "things that are earth friendly," Calvert said. That includes "restaurants that are about sustainable living" and "a car service in New York that only uses (gas-electric hybrid) Prius vehicles," she said.

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Only if they could provide you with a 'green' car
How much gasoline will people use up before they arrive at these 'green' spots?

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Could be added too.
I think it would be even more interesting if they had a feature where you could superimpose the maps over Google Earth and actually see the landmarks and street names at the same time etc... They own both and I don't see why the two can't be merged by the user if they want it that way.
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Green Canadian City
Here's a site that is looking to make Beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, much more greener: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.escapepollution.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.escapepollution.com</a>

Read all about the project and the city itlself as a tourist destination.
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