Posted by: Catie | December 4, 2008

The ‘Greenest’ cities in America

1greenHave you noticed the big “green” movement lately?

At Carousel Center, the mall in Syracuse, N.Y., anyone driving a fuel efficient, low-emissions vehicle can park in one of the 68 reserved spaces close to the mall for “green vehicle parking only.” The spaces are marked by signs made from recycled plastic.

bagWegmans Food Markets and other stores offer reusable grocery bags.

magAnd even some newspapers are “going green.” The Post-Standard in Syracuse recently launched a Green CNY magazine.

Knowing just how environmentally-conscious my city is, I wanted to find out which cities in the United States are considered the “greenest.”

Here’s what I found…

TreeHugger.com blogger Jacob Gordon lists 10 U.S. cities he believes are the most green in an article for MSN City Guides. His picks are: AustinBerkeley, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.portland1

Popsci.com used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Geographic Society’s Green Guide to come up with the top 50 greenest cities in America. It ranks Portland, Ore. as the greenest city in the U.S.

“America’s top green city has it all: Half its power comes from renewable sources, a quarter of the workforce commutes by bike, carpool or public transportation, and it has 35 buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council,” the Popsci.com site says.san-francisco-greenest-city-portland1

San Francisco, Boston and Oakland come in behind Portland.

Syracuse (No. 17) and its neighboring city, Rochester, N.Y. (No. 27), also made the list.

Cities were given points and ranked based on how they draw energy from renewable sources, how many commuters take public transportation or carpool,  for devoting area to green space, and how important its citizens consider environmental issues.

I’ve always known Syracuse was environmentally friendly. Growing up, my family always recycled cans and bottles, newspapers, and milk cartons. But I was surprised that we made the top 20. After all, there are a lot of cities in America. Go Syracuse!syracuse

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