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America's 50 Greenest Cities

Sunday, 24 April 2011
Want to see a model for successful and rapid environmental action? Don't look to the federal government—check out your own town. Here, our list of the 50 communities that are leading the way. Does yours make the cut?
By Elizabeth Svoboda, with additional reporting by Eric Mika and Saba BerhiePosted 02.08.2008 at 4:54 pm106 Comments


How the Rankings Work:
We used raw data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Geographic Society’s Green Guide, which collected survey data and government statistics for American cities of over 100,000 people in more than 30 categories, including air quality, electricity use and transportation habits. We then compiled these statistics into four broad categories, each scored out of either 5 or 10 possible points. The sum of these four scores determines a city’s place in the rankings. Our categories are:
Electricity (E; 10 points): Cities score points for drawing their energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power, as well as for offering incentives for residents to invest in their own power sources, like roof-mounted solar panels.
Transportation (T; 10 points): High scores go to cities whose commuters take public transportation or carpool. Air quality also plays a role.
Green living (G; 5 points): Cities earn points for the number of buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as for devoting area to green space, such as public parks and nature preserves.
Recycling and green perspective (R; 5 points): This measures how comprehensive a city’s recycling program is (if the city collects old electronics, for example) and how important its citizens consider environmental issues.
See the the full list below. Click here to launch the gallery to see six case studies on how our greenest cities are cleaning up

1. Portland, Ore. 23.1
Electricity: 7.1 Transportation: 6.4 Green Living: 4.8 Recycling/Perspective: 4.8
America’s top green city has it all: Half its power comes from renewable sources, a quarter of the workforce commutes by bike, carpool or public transportation, and it has 35 buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
2. San Francisco, Calif. 23.0
Electricity: 6.8 Transportation: 8.8 Green Living: 3.5 Recycling/Perspective: 3.9
See how San Francisco turns wasted roof space into power, here.
3. Boston, Mass. 22.7
Electricity: 5.7 Transportation: 8.7 Green Living: 3.4 Recycling/Perspective: 4.9
CASE STUDY: Grass Power
Boston has preliminary plans for a plant that would turn 50,000 tons of fall color into power and fertilizer. The facility would first separate yard clippings into grass and leaves. Anaerobic bacteria feeding on the grass would make enough methane to power at least 1.5 megawatts’ worth of generators, while heat and agitation would hasten the breakdown of leaves and twigs into compost.
4. Oakland, Calif. 22.5
Electricity: 7.0 Transportation: 7.5 Green Living: 3.1 Recycling/Perspective: 4.9
See how Oakland's hydrogen-powered transit helps the city cut pollution, here.
5. Eugene, Ore. 22.4
Electricity: 10.0 Transportation: 4.7 Green Living: 2.9 Recycling/Perspective: 4.8
CATEGORY LEADER: Electricity
Much of the wet Pacific Northwest draws its energy from hydroelectric dams. But Eugene draws an additional 9 percent of its municipal electricity from wind farms. It also buys back excess power from residents who install solar panel
6. Cambridge, Mass. 22.2
Electricity: 6.1 Transportation: 7.5 Green Living: 3.9 Recycling/Perspective: 4.7
7. Berkeley, Calif. 22.2
Electricity: 6.2 Transportation: 8.4 Green Living: 2.9 Recycling/Perspective: 4.7
8. Seattle, Wash. 22.1
Electricity: 6.2 Transportation: 7.3 Green Living: 4.7 Recycling/Perspective: 3.9
9. Chicago, Ill. 21.3
Electricity: 5.4 Transportation: 7.3 Green Living: 5.0 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6
CATEGORY LEADER: Green Space
In addition to the 12,000 acres Chicago has devoted to public parks and waterfront space, the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded four city projects with a “Platinum” rating, its highest award.
See how Chicago's power plants produce twice the energy with a third the carbon, here.
10. Austin, Tex. 21.0
Electricity: 6.9 Transportation: 5.9 Green Living: 3.3 Recycling/Perspective: 4.9
11. Minneapolis, Minn. 20.3
Electricity: 7.8 Transportation: 7.4 Green Living: 2.8 Recycling/Perspective: 2.3
CASE STUDY: Citizen Enviro-Grants
If you’ve got a world-saving idea, the City of Lakes will give you, your church or your community group the money to get it done. Twenty $1,000 mini-grants and five $10,000 awards were distributed last year to programs ranging from household power-consumption monitors to “block club talks” about global warming. A similar initiative has sprung up in Seattle.
12. St. Paul, Minn. 20.2
Electricity: 8.0 Transportation: 4.0 Green Living: 3.5 Recycling/Perspective: 4.7
13. Sunnyvale, Calif. 19.9
Electricity: 7.3 Transportation: 6.8 Green Living: 2.2 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6
14. Honolulu, Hawaii 19.9
Electricity: 6.0 Transportation: 7.8 Green Living: 2.6 Recycling/Perspective: 3.5
15. Fort Worth, Tex. 19.7
Electricity: 8.3 Transportation: 4.6 Green Living: 2.4 Recycling/Perspective: 4.4
16. Albuquerque, N.M. 19.1
Electricity: 7.6 Transportation: 5.5 Green Living: 2.4 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6
17. Syracuse, N.Y. 18.9
Electricity: 7.0 Transportation: 4.9 Green Living: 2.6 Recycling/Perspective: 4.4
18. Huntsville, Ala. 18.4
Electricity: 6.2 Transportation: 4.1 Green Living: 3.6 Recycling/Perspective: 4.5
19. Denver, Colo. 18.2
Electricity: 5.9 Transportation: 5.2 Green Living: 3.0 Recycling/Perspective: 4.1
CASE STUDY: Green Concrete
Fly ash, a by-product of coal-burning power plants, usually ends up in landfills. Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver found a way to reuse this industrial by-product. They add it at concentrations of about 20 percent to a new green concrete mix. The addition of fly ash also reduces the amount of sulfur- and carbon-spewing concrete production needed to finish a job. The mayor has signed an executive order requiring the use of green concrete in new city projects, and a $550-million infrastructure bond makes demand for the mix likely to grow.
20. New York, N.Y. 18.2
Electricity: 2.8 Transportation: 10.0 Green Living: 3.4 Recycling/Perspective: 2.0
CATEGORY LEADER: Transportation
More than 54 percent of New Yorkers take public transportation to work, beating the next-best metropolis, Washington, D.C., by 17 percent.
See how New York City turns its tides into electricity, here.
21. Irvine, Calif. 18.1
Electricity: 4.2 Transportation: 6.8 Green Living: 2.9 Recycling/Perspective: 4.2
22. Milwaukee, Wis. 17.3
Electricity: 5.0 Transportation: 4.9 Green Living: 3.1 Recycling/Perspective: 4.3
23. Santa Rosa, Calif. 17.2
Electricity: 7.0 Transportation: 3.4 Green Living: 2.4 Recycling/Perspective: 4.4
See how Santa Rosa taps geysers for watts, here.
24. Ann Arbor, Mich. 17.2
Electricity: 4.6 Transportation: 4.8 Green Living: 2.9 Recycling/Perspective: 4.9
25. Lexington, Ky. 16.8
Electricity: 5.9 Transportation: 3.6 Green Living: 2.3 Recycling/Perspective: 5.0
CATEGORY LEADER: Recycling and green perspective
Lexingtonians recycle everything from surplus electronics to scrap metal, and they listed the environment as their third most important concern (behind only employment and public safety)—the highest ranking in our survey.
26. Tulsa, Okla. 16.7
Electricity: 5.0 Transportation: 3.9 Green Living: 3.4 Recycling/Perspective: 4.4
27. Rochester, N.Y. 16.1
Electricity: 4.5 Transportation: 4.4 Green Living: 3.1 Recycling/Perspective: 4.1
28. Riverside, Calif. 16.0
Electricity: 7.5 Transportation: 3.1 Green Living: 2.1 Recycling/Perspective: 3.3
29. Springfield, Ill. 15.7
Electricity: 5.3 Transportation: 3.0 Green Living: 3.2 Recycling/Perspective: 4.2
30. Alexandria, Va. 15.7
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 6.3 Green Living: 3.1 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6
31. St. Louis, Mo. 15.0
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 5.0 Green Living: 3.7 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6
32. Anchorage, Alaska 14.4
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 4.7 Green Living: 2.1 Recycling/Perspective: 4.9
CASE STUDY: Power-Saving Streetlights
Since Anchorage spends a good part of the year buried under highly reflective snow, it doesn’t make sense to keep the street lamps at full bore when moonlight can do the job. The fix? Install citywide dimmers. On top of that, the city is planning to upgrade its 16,000 streetlamps to either LED or induction bulbs, depending on the results of computer simulations designed to find the type of light that helps humans see best and disturbs wildlife the least. The swap should be complete by year’s end, and the initial $5-million investment is expected to save up to $3 million in energy costs annually.
33. Athens-Clarke, Ga. 14.1
Electricity: 2.4 Transportation: 4.7 Green Living: 3.2 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8
34. Amarillo, Tex. 14.0
Electricity: 5.2 Transportation: 2.9 Green Living: 2.3 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6
35. Kansas City, Mo. 13.8
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 3.7 Green Living: 2.7 Recycling/Perspective: 4.7
36. Salt Lake City, Utah 13.5
Electricity: 3.6 Transportation: 4.1 Green Living: 2.3 Recycling/Perspective: 3.5
See how Salt Lake City heats homes from waste, here.
37. Pasadena, Calif. 13.2
Electricity: 5.8 Transportation: 3.1 Green Living: 1.8 Recycling/Perspective: 2.5
38. Norwalk, Calif. 13.0
Electricity: 3.5 Transportation: 3.1 Green Living: 2.5 Recycling/Perspective: 3.9
39. Laredo, Tex. 12.9
Electricity: 4.4 Transportation: 2.5 Green Living: 1.7 Recycling/Perspective: 4.3
40. Joliet, Ill. 12.0
Electricity: 1.3 Transportation: 4.3 Green Living: 2.6 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8
41. Newport News, Va. 11.9
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 2.7 Green Living: 2.7 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8
42. Louisville, Ky. 11.9
Electricity: 1.3 Transportation: 4.0 Green Living: 2.5 Recycling/Perspective: 4.1
43. Concord, Calif. 11.9
Electricity: 3.0 Transportation: 3.2 Green Living: 2.2 Recycling/Perspective: 3.5
44. Fremont, Calif. 11.3
Electricity: 3.0 Transportation: 3.0 Green Living: 1.5 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8
45. Elizabeth, N.J. 10.5
Electricity: 2.6 Transportation: 2.8 Green Living: 1.8 Recycling/Perspective: 3.3
46. Livonia, Mich. 10.2
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 2.1 Green Living: 1.8 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6
47. San Bernardino, Calif. 10.2
Electricity: 2.8 Transportation: 2.3 Green Living: 1.6 Recycling/Perspective: 3.5
48. Thousand Oaks, Calif. 10.2
Electricity: 2.9 Transportation: 2.9 Green Living: 1.6 Recycling/Perspective: 2.8
49. Stockton, Calif. 10.1
Electricity: 2.8 Transportation: 2.5 Green Living: 1.0 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8
50. Greensboro, N.C. 10.0
Electricity: 2.0 Transportation: 2.0 Green Living: 2.1 Recycling/Perspective: 3.9
source:
http://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2008-02/americas-50-greenest-cities?page=1

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Waste Management – Green Solution For The Planet

Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Waste management is the method of recycling, processing, transporting, collecting and disposing waste materials. It is related to materials those are created by the activity of human and it is implemented to lower done the effect on the environment, and health. In recovery of resources, waste management is used and is concerned on three states of matter or radioactive substances. There are many reasons for which this management is needed. It is true that you won’t desire that waste lie near your office premises or home. It will be awful and will look stinky. When waste is left unnoticed, then it attracts germs, bacteria, termites and pests. There may be outbreak of hazardous diseases bring ill health symptoms to humans. It is also not safe to burn pile waste materials, as it makes the air polluted and unsafe to environment.

There was a time, when the rate of population was too lower and all natural resources were negligible and controllable. At that time the impact of industrialization was too low and there were less output of waste products. For this, humans have never thought or believed in waste management system. Turning back the pages of time, you can know that in eighteen century industrial revolution started. Lots of people migrated to big cities and towns for work. There was a huge rise in human expenditure and also the multiple of waste product. The increase of waste brought serious diseases like typhoid, cholera, plague and other illness.

Due to the rise of earth population, the volume of waste product is on growth. For this many scientist have brought up latest technologies and inventions to recuperate waste resources that can be reused. There are many developed countries those have high-tech methods to convert waste calorific into electricity. There are good devices for extracting recyclable wastes, so that it could be disposed easily. The work recycling is totally based on waste management. When we mean recycling, we are quite aware that our daily waste will be reused in the right manner.

There are various products those are thrown away unused into the recycle bin and these are collected and recycled into new matters. There are also electronic wastes those are send to big plants, where it is recycled and metals like copper and gold are extracted from it. Breakdown automobiles and their various parts are used for various purposes. Different automobile spare parts are sent to factory for re-conversion. Some of the most important waste management techniques are Landfill, Incineration, Composting, Mechanical Biological treatment, Pyrolysis and Gasification. Therefore, waste management is the only solution to make this earth green.

Smart Recycling – Time To Stay Green!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011
You must have heard about the word “recycling”, that’s used to disposed unwanted materials from our home or office. These blue bins are kept at the corner of your home to drop soda cans, cardboard boxes, paper, metal things and many others. But have you ever thought that new things can be created by these things. At present, smart recycling is well-known and is one of the best ways to make our environment green. There are good numbers of companies those have launched different varieties of recycling and reused products in the market. If you turn back the pages of time, you can know that recycling movement initiated in the mid of 70s and 80s. But truth is that recycling started around 12,000 years before. In those past days, garbage was never an issue as the population of the world was not crowded. As human beings mind developed, they looked for better ways to make their life packed with ease and comfort. New researches in technologies were done and soon small working tools took big shapes that we see in this millennium.
Recycling products oldest form is compost. In ancient days, humans used dead animal compost and tree compost to make the soil fertile. This compost contains organisms those are health for the growth of plants. This discovery gave a new dimension to the agriculture sector and it is still used in this present time. During Middle Ages paper was costly, so old books were used to make different types of materials. In the year 1690, recycling started in the U.S.A. There were many mills those were devoted in recycling papers and other metals. In 1897, the first center for recycling started in the New York City. Some of the most regularly recycled items were glass and steel materials. At present, old buildings, cars, trucks and almost anything are shredded by the help of big machines and used for recycling.
Nowadays, many mobile companies have raised slogan for smart recycling. Recycling cell phones can save this planet with different toxic chemicals. You can see the advancement of technology that is growing on a day by day basic that can be noticed in your mobile phones. Every moment, new products are being launched in the market with cool applications to drag customers. Recycling mobile phones is one of the smart recycling methods to bring eco-friendly awareness. Certainly, buying recycled and reused items is quite helpful for us and also our environment. There are many companies those are offering handsome benefits in using recycling products. Next time when you dump an unused item, make sure it can be recycled to something new. Big companies are doing their best in saving the planet and now it’s your turn! So, go green and adopt smart recycling. Now!

Carbon Footprint – Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emission

Open any newspaper or magazine, you can get articles on carbon footprint and its bad side effects on our environment. It destroys the polar ice bergs and also changes the climate bringing different types of downfall to human existence. There are huge amount of evidence to prove that humans have done sever damage to this earth and also to the ecosystem. It is the law of nature that environment system should always remain in balance. But due to the enormous development in technology and research, things are changing at a very high pace. There are many people those are still not aware what carbon footprint is. Well, many businesses are releasing CO2 emission to the environment. Industries, factories, manufacturing belts, IT companies and also activities in our homes are bringing carbon dioxide emission.

There are various preventive ways in reducing the impact of carbon dioxide that includes less electricity consumption, reduction in the use of fossil fuels, and saving water. The high rate of using transportation mediums brings air pollution. Drive small cars and fly less can lower down the carbon emission. Use recycle and reusable materials to protect the value of our planet. Today, many small and big companies are launching recyclable and reusable environment friendly products those are highly beneficial to the planet. It is true that using recycling things has zero result on the environment. To bring constructive result, you need to find ways for carbon neutral. The main problem of such pollution is the cutting down of trees. Deforestation encourages carbon dioxide emission and drags serious climatic change. Nowadays, governments of many countries are encouraging a-forestation. Planting trees is a bright method to go against carbon dioxide emission. For best result, use renewable energy like solar power, wind and water. The use of bio-fuels is one of the best sources of renewable energy.

Here below are some of the best methods to reduce the production of carbon footprint:
• Buy Local made products: To save cost of transportation and energy, it is wise to use local farming products. Green food products are highly eco-friendly, but before that you need to find out whether it is from your locality or from outer region. If you buy products those are imported from outside regions, then the rate of CO2 emission may be high.
• Use reused Bags and other products: Care to buy products those are reusable and recyclable. Never use plastic bags for your shopping activities.
• Focus on Natural lights: Allow light to pass into your home through the window, use glass tiles, blinds, building retrofits and bright wall colors.
• Use Glass: Use washable and reused food and water containers like plastic, ceramic and glass.
• Reduce air conditioner temperature: Run A.C. in the lowest temperature and seal air leakage gaps. This will save lots of your electricity.
• Use Sanitizer power saving bulbs: This is a wonderful alternative than those incandescent bulbs.
There are other methods of reducing carbon footprint, but the main moto is to find ways to make this earth green.

Green Technology – A Method To Protect Our Planet!

Living in this 21st century has forced people to get involved in the clean technology that is known as the Green Technology. This technology is the blend of environmental science and latest technology to protect the environment and resources to alleviate the bad impact of human action on the earth. Green technology is focused on best development that is not only done to the planet, but also to make our business more productive. It is a great approach to bring great innovations that can bring changes to our lives. It is in a progress to dominate services and products that do safeguard the planet, but also fulfill the needs of consumers. The growth of “Save the Planet” awareness has brought some great development and researches in technologies that can make this earth a better place to live.
Goals of Green Technology:
Green Technology is the next generation method of our modern society because it is really damaging to use technologies those having bad side effects on our planet. Every living being depends on the planet to survive and look for best way for the future. For this it’s our responsibility to care the earth and find methods to protect it. Greentech is the best alternative to conventional technologies and the best thing is that it brings positive effects to our earth. It’s time to promote recycling and spotlighting on recyclable and reusable products. Waste and pollution reduction will help humans better and also will make the future better.
Lets here have some idea on different types of Green Technology:
• Power – This is the most imperative issue that needs to interfere by green technology. Fossil fuels, oil production are some of the traditional way of power generation. This brings lots of pollution during combustion and extraction. Conventional power generation is the basic cause of air pollution that is dragging our planet to global warming and change of climate. Within no time fossil fuels will be depleted from our earth and there will be limited resources left for the human race. Therefore, adopting greentech methods should be our first priority and to develop renewable energy sources.
• Building – Construct and design buildings to preserve natural resources are also a wonderful way in greentech. Today, in the market you can get great products like building retrofits and blinds. These products will help to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
• Nanotechnology – Green Technology plans to expand novelty on the laws of nanotechnology.
• Favored Purchasing – Greentech believes to put techniques those are safe to the environment and have the slightest negative impact. Due to the huge amount of advancement, there are many companies those have launched eco-friendly products and services.
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