Minneapolis among 10 greenest cities in the nation

Minneapolis has been ranked as one of the Move.com. The 10 cities chosen were cited for "doing a great job at putting residents first. That means they’re obsessed with clean air and clean water, renewable energy, reliable city buses, trams, streetcars and subways, a growing number of parks and greenbelts, farmer’s markets and, very important, opportunities for community involvement."

Move.com credited Minneapolis for being named one of the top business districts in the nation by the Environmental Protection Agency, a commuter’s paradise where more than 60 percent of downtown workers use public or alternative transportation to get to the office, free parking for registered van and car pools, an extensive bike path and bike lane system and employer-sponsored showers and locker rooms. These contribute to an active community and lower air pollution. Move.com also commended the city for its lakes, ponds, greenbelts and its urban canopy, great drinking water, active community organizations and the push to nudge businesses and homes to hook up solar systems up to the city's grid.

The top 10 cities in the nation, in no particular order, are Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; Minneapolis; Boulder, Colo.; Burlington, Vt.; Madison, Wis.; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica, Calif. and Chicago.

Move, Inc. is a leader in online real estate, capturing an average of more than 9 million visitors each month in 2009 to the Move Network of real estate websites. Sites include SeniorHousingNet.com™.

To find out what else Minneapolis is doing to be green and some things you can do to help conserve energy, curb pollution and fight climate change, visit Sustainability Initiatives.

Published Mar 25, 2010