Not only are these cities culturally exciting but they are leading the way for urban greening and eco-friendly living.
Here are some of the greenest cities in the world.
Copenhagen, Denmark, is the first carbon neutral capital in the world and has won numerous awards for its effort in going green. The pristine harbors and amazing bicycling infrastructure may explain why. Many people turn to cycling instead of driving in the city. It is estimated 35,000 ride the main thru-ways, Queen Louise’s Bridge, during rush hour. More than 20% of Denmark’s energy comes from renewable energy and it’s the country’s goal is to reach 100% by 2050.
Vancouver is in the perfect spot to be a green city. Located close to the mountains of British Columbia, Vancouver makes green living look easy. It uses renewable energy and hydropower, so pollution is super low. It also boasts 200 parks, one of which measures 400-hectares and has its own island with a rainforest and beaches. Vancouver is still trying to improve their sustainability, and have plans to become a zero-waste community by 2040, as well as, get 100% of their energy from renewable sources before 2050.
Stockholm, Sweden has taken great strides towards becoming the greenest city yet. It has passed numerous plans for reducing noise pollution, having cleaner water, and educating about sustainability. Carbon gas emissions are very low as all trains and inner-city buses run on renewable fuels. The city plans to be fully dependent on fossil fuels by 2050. Not to mention that, in 2010, 95% of the city’s population was living less than 300 meters (984 feet) from a green space.
Singapore is one of Asia’s greenest cities. Although it is small and densely populated, it has found ways to bring renewable resources into their urban planning. Rooftop gardens by local residents are very popular, not to mention the Supertree structures in the Gardens by the Bay are flocked to millions of people each year. It has also created its own version of New York’s High Line – a 24-kilometer stretch of parkland on old railroad tracks.
San Francisco has been named one of USA’s greenest cities. It is the birthplace of the “eat local” movement and the Sierra Club, one of the first environmental grassroots movements in the U.S. The city government has passed numerous laws and policies to help “clean-up” the city. The city is currently working towards becoming zero waste by 2020 and using 100% renewable energy in the near future.