20 of the greenest cities in the nation
You didnâ€™t think weâ€™d forget Americaâ€™s first all-renewable-energy city, would you? In the green sphere, Burlington is a tough act to follow, as itâ€™s been running on 100 percent renewable energy for several years.
- Burlington has a facility that converts wood chips (from sustainably harvested trees) into electricity that then supplies energy to the city.
- Practically every day is Earth Day here, but on the actual date, Burlington will be celebrating the 21st Annual Earth Day Tree Planting Fest.
- It takes an army to maintain Burlingtonâ€™s high green standards, and youâ€™ll come across countless eco-focused organizations in town, including Creating Healthy Habitats, Greenprint for the Future, and even Kids Go Green, because itâ€™s never too early to learn about the environment.
Roanoke knows that the greenest cities in America have been fighting the good fight for a long timeâ€”you canâ€™t go green overnight. Its Historic Roanoke City Market, which has been running since 1882, is proof that this city has long appreciated locally sourced goods, among other environmental efforts.
- Roanoke takes its green (and blue!) spaces seriously. The entire county has 30 miles of urban trails for biking and walking, and it also boasts the Roanoke River Blueway, a 45-mile water trail.
- Going strong for 28 years, the cityâ€™s annual Earth Day Roanoke Festival offers an opportunity for community members to learn about eco-friendly practices and get involved with the green movement.
- Chow down with a healthy conscience at Local Roots, an eatery in town that lives by the principles of sustainability, organic, local, and ethical.
California has a reputation for being a little on the hippie side, and if that translates to eco-friendliness, weâ€™re sure Healdsburg wonâ€™t mind being guilty by association. This Northern California city has a green mindset, as it hosts events such as the Foss Creek Cleanup and has the finest farm-to-table eateries, like Barndiva.