Portland has been defined the greenest city in America, thanks to its efforts to promote sustainable businesses, recycling, sustainable eating and transport.
Being the 29th most populous city in the US, Portland might not sound like an attractive destination for eco-travellers. However, it does deserve special mention because it gained the title of America’s greenest city for its measures to promote sustainable growth.
The city offers a wide range of art galleries, shops, museums and other cultural attractions to visitors, as well as many parks and gardens, such as the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and the International Rose Test Garden. The city’s park system has been named one of the best in the country.
Portland is also famous for its microbreweries and numerous eating places, including many for vegetarians and vegans, being among the most veg-friendly cities in America. Breweries are an important economic resource for the city – there are 60 of them, more than anywhere else in the world.
For its attention to green spaces – 92,000 acres and 250 miles of biking, hiking and running trails – Portland has been often indicated as an example of smart city because it has managed to combine attention to the environment and urban growth.
Moreover, Portland has been trying to push sustainability everywhere, from promoting recycling, bike transport, carpooling, LEED-certified buildings (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and banning plastic bags. According to Business Insider, 25% of the city’s workforce commutes by bike or public transport. Portland ranks among the top cities in the US for its water and air quality and uses 33% renewable energy – against 13% average of other US cities.
Anyone still thinking urban tourism can’t be green?
Photo: stokes rx via flickr
Like our Facebook Page
Are Vegan Shoes A Sustainable Option?
How to Be More Eco-Conscious In Your Everyday Life
Tips To Become More Sustainable At Home
Modern Log Cabins: Sustainability and Aesthetics
The Basics of Starting a Eco-Friendly DIY Project
Importance of Shore Hardness for Sustainable Hobbyists
Green Healthcare Practice Patient Data Compliance Guidelines
Guidance on Trading Bitcoin as an Eco-Friendly Investor
The 5 Best Places for an Eco-Friendly Student Trip in Africa
The Importance of A Good Kitchen In an Eco-Friendly House
Why Making Your Business Sustainable Is More Important Than Ever
5 Essential Smart Building Systems for the 21st Century City
Investing in the Ethical and Eco-friendly Has Never Been Easier
The Most Popular Environment-Friendly Flooring Options
Five Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Sustainable
The Environmental Impact of Bitcoin Replacing Fiat Currencies
A Guide Transitioning to Safer and Environmentally-Friendly Chemicals
Role of HR in Sustainable Businesses
Tips To Make Air Conditioning Eco-Friendly
5 Reasons For Your Business To Go Green (Beyond Helping The Planet)
- Features9 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Energy10 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features9 months ago
Essential Guidelines for Eco-friendly Moving into new Home
- Invest12 months ago
The Eco-Friendly Evolution of Bitcoin Over the Years