20 of the greenest cities in the nation

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Bragging rights:

  • Downtown Market is perhaps as green as it gets with living roofs, rain gardens, and geothermal walls. It’s also one of the first markets in the country to earn Gold LEED-certified status.
  • You won’t find any chemicals on the pastures at the local Lubbers Family Farm, where they raise grass-fed beef and hormone-free pork.
  • Working toward a goal of 40 percent tree canopy, the city planted hundreds of trees during the inaugural Mayor’s Greening Initiative tree planting, and plans to continue doing so each year.

Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo knows that saving the planet starts with saving energy. This earth-friendly city does its fair share of energy conservation, but the local Green House Café and Element Fargo contribute to the movement in a variety of ways, too.

Bragging rights:

  • The Fargo City Landfill has a generator that makes electricity from decomposing garbage. It also features solar panels and a wind generator that produce additional power.
  • Look up and you’ll see LED traffic lights, which last longer and use less electricity than traditional incandescent lights.
  • The Fargo Project, a community group within the city, is currently working on the World Garden Commons, the transformation of a storm water basin into an ecological commons.

Garland, Texas
Don’t mess with this Texas city’s green movement. Garland is making strides toward bettering the environment, from The Marketplace, where you can find local goods, to the nature trails at Duck Creek and John Paul Jones Park.

Bragging rights:

  • Loving Garland Green is a community organization dedicated to planting urban gardens and raising sustainable awareness, from composting and harvesting rainwater to donating crops to local food banks.
  • Garland’s LiveWell GoGreen Expo is a much-anticipated event each year, where you’ll find healthy earth booths that show you ways to better recycle and conserve.
  • Since 1989, the Garland and Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest has worked hard toward protecting the woodland area, keeping out invasive species and maintaining the nature trails.

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