With plastic product bans sweeping the country and American companies continuously finding ways to cut carbon emissions, new green initiatives in individual states seem to pop up every day. Based on data gathered by Zippia — a job-search site that also provides stats on the livability of certain cities — here is a current list of U.S. cities that have taken large steps toward becoming more environmentally friendly.
Ninety-nine cities were ranked based on five factors: car ownership (the fewer number of people who own cars, the greener the city), commute length, parkland per 1,000 people, tons of waste produced per person and walkability. Zappia also considered data from the United States Census American Community Survey.
St. Paul, Minnesota
The capital of Minnesota ranks highest on the list of greenest cities, partly due to having the shortest commute time among U.S. cities. The city also produces just 12 tons of waste per person and boasts a healthy amount of outdoor space.
Only 69 percent of residents own a car, but Honolulu is not famous for its walkability. Instead, residents rely on the city’s well-connected public transportation system to get around.
St. Louis, Missouri
With a low amount of waste produced per person (22.3 tons), St. Louis residents also have one of the shortest average commutes among major metro areas.
Despite a high car-ownership score for this sprawling city, Madison still ranks high on the list.
San Diego, California
One of the least-surprising cities on the list, San Diego’s opportunities for walking and outdoor leisure are major reasons for its high ranking.
Park and resort management company Xanterra Travel Collection announced its Book Your Bucket List sale, offering travelers savings of up to 30 percent off national park experiences. Available Nov. 23–30, the sale grants travelers access to luxury resorts, tours and cruises at discounted rates.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Hotel Chicago West Loop is Chicago’s first hotel to bring street art inside, and to every guestroom. The dual-purpose property doubles as an art gallery, and launched its “Annex Murals” exhibit in 2018 with 15 hand-painted rooms boasting the work of some of Chicago’s most celebrated urban artists, including Asend, JC Rivera and Eloo. Today, all 116 rooms at the hotel have been painted with street murals, becoming some of the most distinctive lodging spaces in the city.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Zürich changes shape as the holiday approaches, becoming a winter wonderland full of busy markets, fondue chalets, candle dipping at Bürklipatz and light installations. For the first time ever, Zürich will also feature a pop-up hotel experience Nov. 26–Dec. 26.