Where Mother Nature would feel right at home

What makes a city ‘green’?

It’s definitely more than just bicycles lanes and eco-friendly buildings.

It’s also about green spaces, transportation policies and environmental policies, to name a few.

Our list of 8 cities have been the hardest crusaders for Mother Nature, and attained amazing results.

1. The city with the green concrete jungle: Vancouver, Canada

The greenest concrete jungle boasts a huge family of carbon-neutral buildings.

Structures abide by the ‘Passive Design Toolkit’, relying on natural air movements and sunlight heat, to lessen the need for artificial heating and air conditioners.

2. The city with the freshest air: Reykjavik, Iceland

As a nominee of the European Green Capital, a new Cycling Plan was implemented in 2010, stipulating that an additional 90km of cycling paths would be built in the next 10 years. The aim: to get more cars off the road.

3. The city with the smartest cars: Copenhagen, Denmark

A local company developed hybrid electric vehicles and the first public hydrogen fuelling station.

As hydrogen is created with the use of water and wind turbines, that meant zero carbon emissions and the creation of an alternative
source of renewable energy.

In addition, a new environmental zone was introduced banning large trucks without particle filters from entering Copenhagen.

4. The city with the greenest land: Stockholm, Sweden

A majority of the population in Stockholm live within 300m of a green area, like a park.

On top of that, passenger trains have zero carbon emission as it is fuelled by organic waste from cows!

5. The city with the greenest music: Oslo, Norway

Oslo is a recognized ‘greeny’ many times over, the recipient of several awards.

Festivals like The Oslo Miljofestival and Oya festival keep awareness high and are themselves powered by a hydroelectric dam for energy, followed by responsible clean-ups after, like special sewage treatments and recycling programs.

6.City with the greenest vision: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Masdar city plans to be 100% carbon free by 2013.

Plans are being made to ban petrol-powered cars, only allowing solar powered vehicles within the city.

7.Australia’s greenest city Darwin, Northern Territory

With its swift development and biodiversity capabilities, Darwin has nominated as Australia’s most sustainable city by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Ratings were based on air quality, water usages and climate adaptability.

8.City with a love for greenhouses: Curitiba, Brazil

In Curitiba, preservation of the natural environment is being done by the creation of greenhouses.

The city won the Globe Sustainable City Award in 2010 and is the greenest city in South America today.

source : http://mastraveller.com/Features/2011/02/10/World-s-greenest-cities/1975/?utm_source=MSN%2BTravel&utm_medium=Featured%2BArticle&utm_campaign=Mas%2BTraveller/