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The 7 Most Eco-Friendly Cities In America

As the word gets out about climate change and the danger facing our planet, sustainable travel is on the rise. So with this in mind, we’ve rounded up the most eco-friendly cities in America.

People still want to see the world, but we want to do it in a way that doesn’t damage it. Not only that, it’s vital to support cities that are putting environmental schemes in place. Here’s the places that are doing their bit for planet earth, according to Wallethub. They compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 26 key “green” indicators, from greenhouse gas emissions to share of electricity from renewable sources.

The most eco-friendly cities in AmericaHow do these rankings work?

1. San Diego, California

There are more solar installations in San Diego than in any other city in California. The city plans to run on 100% renewable energy by 2035 and its hotels are really leading the way. They’re committed to recycling and cut back on energy with features like aerating showers.

7 Things To Do In San Diego

2. San Francisco, California

San Francisco was not only the very first American city to ban the use of plastic bags; but they also implemented the use of reusable totes, compostable bags, and bags made from recycled material. It scores highly on air-quality index and number of jobs accessible by public transport. It’s no wonder so many people want to live here!

Fun fact: San Fran also has the most farmers markets per capita.

San Francisco things to do

3. Washington, DC

Washington DC is one of the most eco-friendly cities in America. In fact, the city kickstarted America’s bikeshare movement. There’s also an amazing number of green-certified apartments on the market. This city is all about eco-living. Washington DC wants to be  “the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city in the U.S.” by 2032.

4. Irvine, California

Small in size, Irvine is mighty in its dedication to being green. It is a master-planned community in Southern California that has given some serious thought to sustainability.

Hop on a bicycle and ride through the many community parks taking in the city’s greenery. Irvine is also home to the University of California, Irvine. It is a leading environmentally-friendly university in the nation.

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5. San Jose, California

The adoption of Climate Smart San José made San José one of the first U.S. cities to chart a path to achieving the greenhouse gas emissions reductions. It focuses on sustainability initiatives such as renewable energy, diverting waste, and increasing recycled water usage. There’s also plenty of bike paths and organic food markets here.

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6. Honolulu, Hawaii 

According to The Daily Beast, 66.1% of Honolulu residents are very eco-conscious. An important value for native Hawaiians and Hawaii locals is the idea to care for the land. There’s amazing eco-tourism experiences here for all to enjoy.

Locals are also very self-sustainable. The island uses mostly rainwater for its water needs. It makes sense that people want to look after somewhere this beautiful!

Honolulu things to do

7. Fremont, California

Fremont aims to have full long term carbon neutrality by 2045. The city of has some of the most green space among American cities. The city and its suburbs does well across environment, transportation, energy sources, and lifestyle and policy. Simply put, it’s one of the most eco-friendly cities in America.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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