Friday, January 8, 2010

The 10 Greenest Cities in America - Thinking Green

1. Austin, TX - As part of the recently announced Austin Climate Protection Plan,all facilities, fleets and operations will be carbon-neutral by 2020,and 100 percent of city facilities will be powered by renewable energy by 2012.

2. Berkeley, CA - In classic U.C. Berkeley style, the university was the first both to draft standards for nanotechnology research and to have a certified organic cafeteria. Earlier this year, U.C. Berkeley was one of the recipients of a mammoth grant, mostly backed by British
Petroleum, which has helped propel it to the forefront of the clean-technology race. The $500 million grant will help create the Energy Biosciences Institute to research and develop new energy
resources through biotechnology.

3. Boston, MA - The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative runs the RenewablenEnergy Trust, a reserve of funds to help bankroll green initiatives. One such project is an exceedingly green residential development in South Boston that will generate its own power from waste cooking oil
sucked from the city’s restaurants.

4. Chicago, IL - The city purchases renewable energy and has aggressive policies to promote green building and recycle construction waste. Chicagoans make healthy use of the public transit system, and more than 80 percent of them take part in curbside recycling.

5. Minneapolis, MN - In addition to greening city fleets with homegrown biodiesel and ethanol and pushing for car sharing, the city saw its new light rail line that opened in 2005 exceed expected ridership by almost 50 percent in the first year.LEED-certified green buildings are springing up, as
are simple but brilliant resource management solutions: Storm-water utility fees, for example, are charged based on the area of hard, impervious surfaces on a property, while credits are doled out for permeable surfaces that let rainwater safely soak back into the ground.

6. New York, NY - Last year, New York University bought 118,000,000 kilowatt-hours of wind power, the largest purchase of its kind for a university, to help offset the pollution it causes. Even the Big
Apple’s famous and imposing skyline is taking a new approach to skyscraping. The Hearst Tower and 7 World Trade Center, both completed in 2006, are Gold-level LEED green buildings,
integrating such features as rainwater collection, natural lighting, low-toxicity interiors, radiant heat and recycled steel. With its astute planning, geographic constraints and citizen participation, New
York City sets the standard for high-density urban living that works.

7. Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia’s Energy Cooperative is an independent power supplier that likes to source electricity as locally as possible, buying it off the roofs of residents who own solar electric systems.Blended with electricity generated from wind and other renewable
sources, the Energy Cooperative sells clean power to some 1,500 residents thanks to the city’s deregulated electricity market. For those wanting to generate their own, city and federal tax incentives will pay for up to 60 percent of solar electric and hot water systems.

8. Portland, OR - Back in 1993, Portland became the first American city to adopt a Global Warming Action Plan, which has kept emissions down and helped Portland General Electric become one of the greenest power companies in the U.S.This March, at the suggestion of the city’s Peak Oil Task
Force, the City Council approved a measure to cut Portland’s fossil fuel use in half by 2032.

9. San Francisco, CA - San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan, called for by its Board of Supervisors, has put the city on track to surpass the benchmark set by the Kyoto Protocol, partly boosted by a $100 million solar bond measure passed by voters to build renewable energy systems throughout the city.

10. Seattle, WA - Seattle plans to cut the city’s greenhouse gases by 680,000 metric tons, which involves a $37 million investment in 2006 and 2007 alone. Seattle also has the advantage of owning its electric utility, Seattle City Light, a plus that has already helped it cut emissions by
60 percent in less than 20 years.

original information posted on CNNiReport
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1 comment:

Linda said...

Just thought I'd let you know the EtsyChai team is Going Green in January. Check out our blog at http://etsychai.blogspot.com for more details.