You’re going to be hard pressed to find a web source that says it’s any city other than the Big Apple. I just tried, and had no luck. Although there are many claims as to the legitimacy of NYC as a green city, I am just not buying it. I understand completely about how 78 percent (or whatever the real figure is) or New Yorkers take public transit, and they are using tidal energy, and all this jazz about the City being green. But all I ask is this: Are they really conserving? Or are they just doing what’s convenient and inexpensive? So 78 percent of people who have a commute in NYC take a train, bus, or subway, but how much energy does that consume? And how much more energy is that compared to if they all walked, rode a bike, or took some other form of transportation (you’ll see what’s coming, NYC, watch the science channel, and look out for the SWEDO!) which doesn’t require a tremendous amount of energy? NYC has the POTENTIAL to become the greenest city in the state (if I am indeed correct), but right now, I just don’t buy it—too many lights, too many kitchens and burners, too many stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and other energy consuming electronics in the city for it to be all that “green” or energy efficient (or how bout, better yet, consuming, as in NOT USING SO MUCH!)… I believe the greenest city in New York State is probably one of the smaller towns (I don’t know how many people you have to have to be considered a “city) where people live more simply, use less, and conserve more. Being green means not harming the planet, and as much as people would like to believe that taking the subway, re-using plastic bags, recycling, and turning off a few lights here and there, is going to be enough… in the long run it will require, paradoxically, more from us, by us all doing less.
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