Monday, 15 October 2007

10 greenest U.S. cities

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Our city recently announced that a new power plant would be built in the area -- a coal burning plant. It will sit right next to our existing coal-burning plant, the one that's responsible for our significant air and water pollution issues. It's distressing news for someone who wants to see her city clean up their act, and I wish that my area leaders would look at some of these cities -- Yahoo's top 10 greenest -- for inspiration:
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Austin, Texas
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • New York, New York
  • San Francisco, California
  • Santa Monica, California
  • Chicago, Illinois
Some of the ways these cities earned their way onto this list include: good public transportation, well-kept bike trails for commuting, year round farmer's markets, dedication to renewable energy, and strong recycling programs. Do you live in a green city? What kinds of things does your city do to encourage sustainable living?

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