Top Five Greenest Cities

January 27, 2012

Number two, on my list, is Eugene, Oregon. Most lists contain Portland, Oregon which was the United States’ first city to lower emissions and incorporate green spaces. I selected Eugene over Portland because, like most of the west coast they use hydroelectric dams for power, but unlike the others they also use wind farms and buy excessive power produced from the residents.

My fourth choice marks the other coast of the United States at Boston, Massachusetts. City official have outlined preliminary plans to make fertilizer by recycling grass and leaves and using the methane gases as power. This use of methane power is a sustainable practice that, thus far, is not utilized in very many practices.

My final selection, number five on my list of sustainable cities is Austin, Texas. The city also uses a non-typical practice called Pay-As-You-Throw. This is a program that charges people for their waste, demanding that more people have to recycle or be billed. Austin, along with the other cities on mine and every green list, has also incorporated green public areas and green urban practices.

These five cities, along with many others are paving the road with sustainable technologies and green innovations. In the published America’s 50 Greenest Cities, I’m proud to say that 24 states make the list. But obviously we, as a country, as a world, have a long way to go before these lists aren’t even needed because every place you go will be green by design. I look forward to that day!

Resources: The Daily Green, Green Business Bureau, Treehugger, Popsci and Environment Forum



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.