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Do You Live in a Healthy Green City?

Why should a city go green? Well, for one thing, a green, healthy city means that the air and water will be cleaner, which means that the residents will be healthier and less likely to suffer from conditions like asthma. There's also a rapidly growing green economy, which means that there will be better job security in a green city. And cities that have more parks and access to green space are just nicer to live in. My hometown of Berkeley, California, made it on the recently released list of the United States' top green cities, thanks in part to its park systems, biking and public transit use, and environmental organizations.

To see if your city made the cut, just

  • Austin, Texas, makes the list for its green energy plan, among other great green features this city can boast.
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, makes the list for its vast parks and its Environmental Sustainability policy.
  • Over 85% of Eugene, Oregon's power comes from hydroelectric and wind sources.
  • The beautiful midwestern city of St. Paul, Minnesota, has preserved t25% of its land as green space. To meet C02 level goals by 2020, the city is completing a light rail system and working to achieve 25% renewable energy.
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, made the cut for its residents' commitment to public transit as well as its huge network of parks.

There are 22 more cities on the list. To see if your city is one of them, check here for the full list of green cities.


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smile3laugh8live smile3laugh8live 9 years
Big UPS to my AUSTIN! I heart living here and am totally excited about moving into my new house in the new Mueller development!!! I can't wait!! YAY! YAY!
itchyworm itchyworm 9 years
amybdk amybdk 9 years
YAY Colorado! I live in Boulder and it made the list! Love all the bike lanes in town.
milly76 milly76 9 years
Portland, OR...definately green xoxo Portland!
Katerkins Katerkins 9 years
Grew up in Denver, now living in Boston... although people in Colorado care SO much more about the environment than my friends in Boston, who sure love their 45 minute showers.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
YAY St. Paul (where I have family), and go Berkeley and Oakland (across the bay from me)! I am a bit disappointed San Francisco isn't on there, though. . .
emalove emalove 9 years
I live near Boston, which is on the yes, I guess I do live in a "green" city!
cassandry cassandry 9 years
Ha! I spent 14+ years in Berkeley and now I live in Eugene, I went from one fantastically green city to another! Awesome!
Home Home 9 years
Hi Canadians! I can definitely do a post about green Canadian cities, too. You know that you guys are more innovative than we are :)
wiggle wiggle 9 years
Yippeee for Berkeley!
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 9 years
Yay for my little town of Charlottesville making the list!!! It really is a very eco-friendly community :)
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I'm a couple hours from St. Paul and it is beautiful.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I'm right next door to Berkeley and Oakland in Cali. But I like the green shout-outs for Boston, Mass. and for Charlottesville in VA!
mobiluncus mobiluncus 9 years
I miss berkeley and all the eco-friendly people there!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Yay Boston! :)
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
I am definitely in a green city in Santa Barbara, CA. We aren't even allowed to have drive thrus because of the pollution! and all of our buses are electric.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Yes, what about canadians. I think I might be in a green city, but I would like to see where I rank.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
What about Calgary ;) Or some Canadian cities!!!
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