This community mapping project documents information about sustainable businesses, history, and ecological points of interest in the region through web and paper-based guides. These guides are meant to serve as historical documents and to promote local businesses that support ecological education, promote waste reduction, recycling and composting, provide fair wages and language training, promote awareness of cultural diversity and the purchase of local products.

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Ilha Grande is a pristine island off of the coast of Brazil between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It was formerly a place where pirates would hide and lie in wait for Portuguese vessels returning to Portugal with gold extracted from the mountains of Brazil. Then, it became a prison colony for political prisoners. In 1995, Ilha Grande was open for tourism. Since that time, there has been rapid growth. It is one of the few islands of the world where motorized vehicles are not allowed.

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The Map


The purpose of our map is to show destinations and businesses on this island that respect the need for sustainability- cultural, social, environmental and economic. Students have interviewed most of the locations and surveyed their sustainable practices. Feel free to suggest a site if you find a location that should be considered for Ilha Grande Green Map! It is our intention to encourage sustainable business practices so this island will continue to be paradise for many years to come.

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