Cities That Take The Environment Seriously
What does it mean for a city to be “green”? With Earth Day approaching, let’s take a look at the greenest cities in the US — and what they’re doing differently!
Being a green city is more than just having a recycling program in place and reducing waste — it involves using energy more efficiently, planning eco-friendly developments, enacting green transportation guidelines and more. It's also something that can take years to show the results. Find out if you're living in a green city and see what you can start doing to make a difference!
The 5 greenest cities in the U.S. include:
Much of Oakland's food is grown locally — which reduces waste and carbon emissions that other cities use in order to get their food from some other location. New building developments in Oakland meet high green standards and Oakland is currently home of the nation's cleanest, freshest tap water.
For such a large city, it's surprising that Chicago is actually one of America's greenest cities. With sustainability being one of Chicago's biggest goals, the city strives to provide a green, environmentally-friendly place for residents to live, work and play. A permanent "greenbelt" surrounds the metropolitan area and half a million new trees have been planted recently.
San Francisco, California
Did you know that San Francisco reuses 80 percent of its waste? They're well on their way to achieving their goal of having zero waste. That coupled with their pivotal role in solar energy and their ban on plastic bags make San Francisco a leading green city in the U.S..
Seattle is aggressive in being green — and it shows with their increased focus on air quality, green building, water quality, transportation regulations and more. Almost 90 percent of the city's power comes from hydroelectric plants, making the air quality one of a kind. Add in their commitment to wind energy and you have one green, sustainable city.
Portland is continually nominated as being one of the greenest cities in America. Their transit system is impeccable — featuring a light rail, aerial tram and most recently, a streetcar system. Portland promotes local food production, extensive recycling programs and green building developments, and it encourages urban bicycling.
What can you do to be more green?
There are many things you can start doing today to help make your city a more environmentally-friendly place to live. These include:
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