Have you been to any of the World’s 10 Greenest Cities? Tell me more!

Do you live in (or have you recently been to) any of these cities?

Reykjavik, Iceland - The top greenest city in the world, according to Mother Nature Network
Reykjavik, Iceland – The top greenest city in the world, according to Mother Nature Network | Photo courtesy of Mother Nature Network
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • San Francisco, California
  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Curitiba, Brazil
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Bogotá, Colombia
In March 2012, a group called the Mother Nature Network named these cities the 10 greenest cities in the world.

The cities were chosen for “encompassing all of the positive qualities that make urban living more healthy, pleasant and sensitive to nearby ecosystems.” They were also chosen “based on their use of renewable energy, high concentrations of clean-tech companies, promotion of green lifestyles, laws that protect the environment and innovative strategies for new green communities.”

I’m writing a piece on the greenest cities, and what I’d like to know are the following:
  • What makes these cities great for tourists, too?
  • Are there any outstanding places of natural beauty in each of these cities? Or really cool “green spots” that have also attracted tourists? How about “green activities” that are also great for travelers?
  • If you could pick just one über-cool and must-do activity or must-see spot in these cities, what would that be?

Post your comment here, or drop me a line at [email protected], using the subject [10 Greenest Cities], with the following information:

  • Your name, which city you’re referring to
  • Your profession
  • Answers to the above questions
  • Any other helpful information
  • Your primary email address

I hope to finish the article within a week, so please send me your answers and photos by Saturday, August 24, 2013. Thank you very much! 🙂

Author: Niña Terol

Niña Terol describes herself as a "communicator, connector, idea curator, and changemaker." A writer at heart whose 16-year career has spanned the public and private sectors, including roles in marketing, non-profit consulting, creative enterprise, publishing and media, politics, and corporate communications, she now heads corporate affairs for the Manila office of one of the world's largest and most trusted names in integrated marketing communications. Niña has written for a long list of magazines, dailies, and websites, including CNN Travel, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Rappler.com, and Inquirer.net. She has also written and edited a number of books published by such institutions as the World Bank-Manila Office, the Asian Development Bank, the National Youth Commission, and a few others. Also a public speaker and trainer at heart, Niña has spoken at prestigious events such as TEDxManila (2010), Pecha Kucha Manila (2010), Ignite Manila (2010), the Social Good Summjit (2012), and the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) Summit (2013). She has also taught live lectures and webinars, and been a panelist and thesis adviser, under the Certified Digital Marketer (CDM) program of the International Institute for Digital Marketing (IIDM). Niña graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree, minor in Hispanic Studies, from the Ateneo de Manila University, and obtained certificates in Internet Marketing and Professional Blogging (under scholarship) at the Asian Institute of Management and the European Journalism Institute (under scholarship) from Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic and The Fund for American Studies, Washington D.C. When she's not working, writing, or speaking, Niña is running, practicing yoga, promoting sustainability and mindful living, trying out all sorts of dark chocolate, and planning her next plane ride. She blogs at www.littlerichgirlblog.com and www.betweenplanerides.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ninaterol.

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