Major urban cities of the world probably don’t immediately make you think eco-friendly thoughts. Car and noise pollution, huge buildings, millions of people. These are all the characteristics of a city that just seem inherently eco un-friendly, in fact.
However that’s not always the case; there are a number of progressive, thoughtful, innovative cities spread across the globe that are re-defining what it means to live responsibly in a modern urban city.
More and more city planners are investing time and resources into protecting the future of the worlds major cities. Ensuring for future generations that these eco green cities play their dutiful part in securing the longevity of our amazing planet.
The Greenest Cities in the World You Have to Visit
Below is a list of the 10 greenest cities to visit across the world that any traveler simply has to explore and appreciate. Simply use the slide controls to navigate each of the green cities.
A hipster joke aside, Portland, Oregon is serious about serious long term sustainability. In 1971, Portland became the first city in the U.S. to legislate a refundable deposit for bottles and cans.
In the same year, the city also began enforcing the Urban Growth Boundary which helps keep urban sprawl in check.
In the intervening years, Portland has become a Platinum Bicycle-Friendly Community, has the most LEED certified buildings per capita and boasts close to 300 parks, dozens of farmers markers and multiple forms of public transportation. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes.
Portland is also Oregon’s largest city and now one of the most eco friendly. Portland is located by the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The city sits in the shadow of nearby snow capped Mount Hood that overlooks the entire cityscape.
Portland is very famous around the country for its well tended parks, fine bridges and bicycle paths. As well as for its eco friendliness, forward thinking climate friendly outlook and relaxed places to stay and charming coffeehouses.