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Yesterday, iReport released a list of the 10 Greenest Cities in the U.S., and topping the list was Austin, Texas because of their new Austin Climate Protection Plan that intends to see all facility being powered by renewable energy by 2012, and all facilities and operations carbon neutral by 2020.

Berkeley, California follows in second place because of the efforts being made by U.C. Berkeley because of their organic cafeterias and research into clean technology.

The rest of the list can be seen below:

3. Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative runs the Renewable
Energy Trust, a reserve of funds to help bankroll green initiatives.
One such project is an exceedingly green residential development in
South Boston that will generate its own power from waste cooking oil
sucked from the city’s restaurants.
4. Chicago, IL – The city purchases renewable energy and has aggressive policies
to promote green building and recycle construction waste. Chicagoans
make healthy use of the public transit system, and more than 80 percent
of them take part in curbside recycling.
5. Minneapolis, MN – In addition to greening city fleets with homegrown biodiesel and
ethanol and pushing for car sharing, the city saw its new light rail
line that opened in 2005 exceed expected ridership by almost 50 percent
in the first year.LEED-certified green buildings are springing up, as
are simple but brilliant resource management solutions: Storm-water
utility fees, for example, are charged based on the area of hard,
impervious surfaces on a property, while credits are doled out for
permeable surfaces that let rainwater safely soak back into the ground.
6. New York, NY – Last year, New York University bought 118,000,000
kilowatt-hours of wind power, the largest purchase of its kind for a
university, to help offset the pollution it causes. Even the Big
Apple’s famous and imposing skyline is taking a new approach to
skyscraping. The Hearst Tower and 7 World Trade Center,
both completed in 2006, are Gold-level LEED green buildings,
integrating such features as rainwater collection, natural lighting,
low-toxicity interiors, radiant heat and recycled steel. With its
astute planning, geographic constraints and citizen participation, New
York City sets the standard for high-density urban living that works.
7. Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia’s Energy Cooperative is an independent power
supplier that likes to source electricity as locally as possible,
buying it off the roofs of residents who own solar electric systems.
Blended with electricity generated from wind and other renewable
sources, the Energy Cooperative sells clean power to some 1,500
residents thanks to the city’s deregulated electricity market. For
those wanting to generate their own, city and federal tax incentives
will pay for up to 60 percent of solar electric and hot water systems.
8. Portland, OR – Back in 1993, Portland became the first American city to adopt a Global
Warming Action Plan, which has kept emissions down and helped Portland
General Electric become one of the greenest power companies in the U.S.
This March, at the suggestion of the city’s Peak Oil Task
Force, the City Council approved a measure to cut Portland’s fossil
fuel use in half by 2032.
9. San Franciscs, CA – San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan, called for by its Board of
Supervisors, has put the city on track to surpass the benchmark set by
the Kyoto Protocol, partly boosted by a $100 million solar bond measure
passed by voters to build renewable energy systems throughout the city.
10. Seattle, WA – Seattle plans to cut the city’s greenhouse gases by 680,000
metric tons, which involves a $37 million investment in 2006 and 2007
alone. Seattle also has the advantage of owning its electric utility,
Seattle City Light, a plus that has already helped it cut emissions by
60 percent in less than 20 years.
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