Green Guide

US green cities are ready to lead the world

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We are sustaining our lives in an era where the whole world is exploiting the natural resources to answer the present demands. Air and water quality is deteriorating, there’s no waste management and the green spaces are limited. We hardly ever think of greening the planet so that it remains livable for the future generations. Though the EPA had been fumbling to establish official criteria to measure greenness of cities, any formidable solution is still hard to come by. It has been urging the provinces to improve air and water quality, boost the LEED-certified buildings, devote more land to green space, recycle and manage waste, and use cleaner transportation methods to reduce the carbon footprints of the cities countrywide. Greening the US is the obvious motto as depicted in the above image.

Based on these criteria, here’s a list of the top 10 green cities in the US:

1) San Francisco, California:
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Why is it on the list?
America’s solar energy leader
First US city to ban plastic grocery bags

2) Portland, Oregon:800px tommccallwaterfrontpark
Why is it on the list?
200 miles of dedicated bike lanes
Pioneering Portland Green Building Program

3) Cambridge, Massachusetts:
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Why is it on the list?
Best walking city in the US
Strictly implementing the LEEDS criteria

4) Eugene, Oregon:
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Why is it on the list?
Emerald Express, a hybrid public transit system
Dedicated bike routes
Truly green landscapes all around

5) Oakland, California:
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Why is it on the list?
Hydrogen-powered public transit
The U.S. oldest wildlife refuge

6) Boston, Massachusetts:
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Why is it on the list?
Replaced traditional taxis with hybrid vehicles
Trash generated home fuel

7) Chicago, Illinois:
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Why is it on the list?
Permanent green belt around metropolitan area
Chicago Green Roof Program

8) Austin, Texas:
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Why is it on the list?
Austin Energy aims at greening it by 2020 with renewable energy
Leads in green spaces

9) Seattle, Washington:
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LEED-certified buildings
Various regular workshops like Sustainable Ballard

10) Berkeley, California:
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Why is it on the list?
Green and organic restaurants
Leads in green technology i.e. wind power, solar power, biofuels and hydropower

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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