The greenest city in America is Portland, Oregon. The article, “America’s 50 Greenest Cities” came up with their own scale and used the sum of Electricity (cities who draw their energy from renewable resources), Transportation (commuters who use public transporation, carpool or bike), Green living (number of buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council), as well as Recycling and green perspective (a city’s recycling program) to determine each city’s place in their rankings. That being said, Portland came in number one on their list with half of its’ power coming from renewable sources, 25% of its’ population commuting to work by alternative means of transportation and 35 buildings are U.S. Green Building Council certified.
Portland also came in number one on SustainLane’s 2008 US City Rankings.
A city that’s on the fast track to becoming America’s “greenest” is Cincinnati. In April, the city announced that it had received a winning bid for a solicitation to derive 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, making it the biggest city in the U.S. to do so. Energy consumed by over 53,000 homes and businesses will be offset by credits that will finance the development of renewable energy. The Cincinnati government is also working on a plan to convert all of the city’s vehicles to alternative-fuel and hybrid-electric models.
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