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7 Unexpectedly Green Cities (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/04/10 09:57 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:15 PM ET

When we think of green cities, most of us think of the same perpetual lineup: Portland, Boulder, San Francisco, Seattle, and Burlington. We here at HuffPost Green wanted to expand the green cities label with some more contenders. What about Eugene? Fayetteville? Austin? Long Beach?

Check out our slideshow of seven unexpectedly green cities. And as always, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite green cities in the comments.

Eugene, OR
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Eugene, also called the Emerald City, gains 85 percent of its energy from wind-generated and hydroelectric sources. In 2007, the city introduced a hybrid public transit system (pictured), which was awarded the Sustainable Transport award in 2008. Eugene plans to be carbon neutral with no waste by 2020. The city houses many green start up companies, like Organically Grown Company, the northwest’s biggest fruits and vegetables distributor.
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Want to know the green status of your city or favorite vacation location? The NRDC's Smarter Cities database is the perfect resource.