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.
For some extremely last-minute holiday gifts this year, you can still give back by gifting with the all-new Adopt an Animal program with Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the museum’s virtual program allows would-be guests and nature lovers around the country to connect with the 35,000 resident animals of Wonders of Wildlife.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
New Year’s Eve is going to look a little different this year. With celebrations scaled back and reduced gatherings, people seek different ways to ring in the New Year. Whether spending the holiday in your hometown or going on a little getaway for a change of scenery, check out these cities to spend the holiday.
Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.