The Greenest Cities in America

February 28, 2019 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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The terms "environmentally friendly," "ecological," and "green" are thrown around a lot these days, but there is no denying that many Americans are earnestly searching for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve a healthier lifestyle. Those who are especially eco-eager may want to consider moving to one of the many cities in the United States where it's just easier being "green." Fortunately, many trusted organizations have done the legwork for you, weighing factors like the number of parks and open spaces, safe and easily accessible bike lanes, the availability and usage of public transportation, recycling and waste-reduction programs, municipal initiatives to use and promote renewable energy sources, and the prevalence of environmentally certified building practices. The cities listed here—some of the "greenest" in the country—are derived from sources that include a 2018 study by the personal finance website WalletHub that compared the 100 most populated cities in the United States; studies from the National Geographic Society's Green Guide, and statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

#22 - Cincinnati

The Queen City is focusing on sustainability and renewable energy as part of its Green Cincinnati Plan. In pursuit of these goals, the city signed a contract with Houston-based electric company Dynegy Inc. to purchase 100 percent green energy for nearly all municipal buildings through 2021. The city hopes to have the largest municipal solar array in the country by the end of 2019. The eco-conscious city also ranks in the top 20 of LEED-certified buildings, including both residential and commercial spaces.

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