Top 10 Green Places to Live in the US
- 1.Burlington, VT has a compost facility that collects food scraps, yard clippings and leaves from the local businesses and residents. Once processed, the local farmers, gardeners and landscapers purchase the nutrient rich soil for their use.
- 2. Ithaca, NY has over 16% of its population (around 5000 people) walking to work. It is the highest percentage in the nation. Others ride their bikes, take mass transit and work from home which makes Ithaca, the town of the greenest commuters.
- Corvalis, OR has over 15% of its residents including the city government purchasing renewable energy. It is the first city on the west Coast to achieve the Green Power Community designation from the U.S. EPA.
- Springfield, MA has ReStore which sells donated used, salvaged and surplus home improvement materials to the public at low prices.
- Wenatchee, WA teaches young people about alternative energy resources such as solar energy. Every year at the world’s only Solar Drag Race, high school and college students compete for a chance to win scholarships.
- Charlottesville, VA aims to balance its natural and built environment by giving importance to its parks, greens, streams and biodiversity. It also encourages the practice of sustainability by collecting rain water for use in the garden.
- Boulder, CO has the country’s best organic food supply. It also has the state’s largest farmer’s market.
- Madison, WI has an Eco-Fruit project wherein Wisconsin’s fruit growers are able to reduce pesticide use without sacrificing fruit quality.
- Binghamton, NY has non-profit organizations such as Club Veg that promotes healthy and organic eating habits.
- Champaign-Urbana, IL has a Renewable Energy Initiative at the University Of Illinois which works to meet the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard.