3 Cities Making the Push to Go Green

| 6/11/2015 9:10:00 AM

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Traditionally, going green in American cities hasn’t been a top priority. We pale in comparison to the efforts put forth in many European countries. The efforts in the United States, however, have hit roadblock after roadblock. This is a multifaceted problem, brought about by understanding, competition, politics and economics.

However, despite all of that, some cities have decided to take matters into their own hands. They’ve chosen to give green energy the green light, and have made efforts to support it. Part of that might be driven by the local aspectst — sunny places are more likely to gravitate toward solar power for example — but the push is real, and it’s gaining momentum.  

If you plan to travel this summer and you’re looking to travel green, there are a few options you can investigate. Here we can take a look at 3 cities that are making serious efforts to reduce their carbon footprints.

Honolulu, HI

It shouldn’t be too surprising to hear Honolulu is leading the charge for green initiatives. The city is well positioned for solar, wind and certainly geothermal power. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn the city has decided to set the ambitious goal of being run entirely on renewable energy sources by 2050.

Currently, the city of Honolulu is famous for its clean air and the plethora of residents who use solar power. With about 12% of the city’s residents using solar power, the highest in the nation, Honolulu is currently a battleground for electricity. Electrical companies are losing money but are still being forced to provide the infrastructure for these new systems. How this plays out in the long-term could provide an interesting perspective for the rest of the country.

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