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Top 5 Greenest Cities in the World

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Top 5 Greenest Cities in the World

Post by Breezey Breezey on Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:35 am

The five greenest cities in the world aren’t necessarily those with
nothing but trees and parks.

Being a green city is all about sustainability and improving your carbon
footprint, and these five are putting themselves on the fast track to
becoming sustainable-carbon neutral.



  • Vancouver, Canada has been recognized for trying to make the
    Winter Olympic games sustainable, but it’s their day-to-day focus that
    really allows this Canadian city to earn its ranking.
  • Malmo, Sweden is known for its parks, but also innovates in
    its sustainable urban spaces.
  • Curitiba, Brazil features great transit and parks that are
    trimmed by sheep.
  • Portland, Oregon focuses upon alternative transit with
    light-rail and extensive bike path networks
  • Reykjavik, Iceland runs entirely on green power.

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Over the last few months, we’ve seen serious discussions taking place
globally as countries and cities pledge to go green.
Some cities have made greener strides than others, which puts them at
the top of the list for sustainability goals.
The five greenest cities in the world aren’t necessarily those that
are nothing but green space, but they’re on the right track to improving
their footprints.
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Vancouver has been recognized for trying to make the Winter Olympic
games sustainable, but it’s their day-to-day focus that really allows
this Canadian city to earn its ranking. Ninety percent of Vancouver is
powered by hydroelectricity.
Wind, solar, wave and tidal energy all help ensure that this city
remains green. Plus, they’ve got even greater goals for the future.
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This is one international city that is focused on green space. They
are well-known for their parks, but also upon sustainable urban develop.
It’s one of the largest cities in Sweden and it’s truly urban. They’ve
been transforming neighborhoods to make them environmentally friendly.
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This Brazilian city focuses upon maintenance using green methods, for
example, parks that are trimmed by sheep. They are also known for one
of the best transit systems, so commuters are encouraged to leave their
cars at home.
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United States
Although many U.S. cities are now jumping on board, this was the
first to focus upon alternative transit with light-rail and extensive
bike path networks to encourage people to leave their cars in the
driveway! It was also one of the first to pledge to reduce emissions and
start transitioning buildings to use sustainable materials.
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This city is run entirely on green power, including geothermal and
hydroelectricity. Their transit system also uses hydrogen buses and it’s
motivated to become Europe’s cleanest city.
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Photo shows a lifeguard dressed against the chill watching over
bathers at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon hot springs just outside Reykjavik, as a
thermal electricity plant looms in the background on Sept. 13, 1998.
REUTERS/Bob Strong

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I doubt my city would ever make it for going green!

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Re: Top 5 Greenest Cities in the World

Post by hoaloha on Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:42 pm

I find that very interesting Breezey. Vancouver is such a beautiful place. We are trying out here to get rid of plastic bags, we are getting more wind turbins for power, they are experimenting with wave power, the one thing about these Islands was the recycle, but now we have them everywhere. The garbage in Oahu is going to be shipped to the mainland but they ran out of money. I think they are starting again. It's all shrunk wrapped, banded and ready to be recycled on the mainland. I do not know why they don't do it here. We have a plant making fertilizer from human waste. Bot that stuff really works amazing. It has no smell, none, my boss had picked it up in his truck and the lawns loved it. We really have to think Green. The lawns sure did,lol [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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