‌ Top 5 greenest cities in the world

Green City Times

Please take your time to browse these pages on 8 of the world's most sustainable cities, our information on types of renewable energy (including from solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass), energy efficiency, energy storage, urban planning and other trends in sustainability technology.

Below is a link to a RSS feed & a place for you sign up and subscribe to one of our blogs.


Green City Times blog


Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Feed Icon32x32 Subscribe in a reader

The world's 5 greenest cities:

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

2. VaxjoSweden

3. FreiburgGermany

4. VancouverCanada

5. CopenhagenDenmark

Honorable mentions (for greenest city)-CuritibaPortlandLondon

These cities all incorporate some of the 10+ ways to:

Stabilize Greenhouse Gas Emissions



More on:

A Canadian city that is striving to be "the greenest city on earth" , consistently ranking as one of the most livable cities on the planet...

A European city that averages between 2-5 inches of rainfall each monthhas rain year-round and temperatures between 30-50° F for at least half of the year, however is still considered Europe's "solar city"....

An American green city that leads the nation in recycling, and features over 92,000 acres of green spaces ...

The city whose metropolitan population is among the largest in the world, yet still maintains almost 40% of its area as either green space or water (a sustainable metropolis)...

A couple of European cities that make use of their tremendous natural resources to provide a supply of renewable energy for most of their heating and electricity demands. This energy is sourced from the natural environments of: volcanoes , geysers and forest...

A South American city that serves as one of the world's premier examples of urban planning and boasts the finest bus system in the world....

A European city that is trying to be the first city in the world to be 100% carbon neutral...



Try these QuickLinks to some of Green City Times' most read articles:

renewable energy in mass transportation

renewable energy storage

renewable energy: solar and solar thermal (PV and CSP)

renewable energy: wind (and offshore wind farms)

renewable energy: geothermal (and heat pumps)

renewable energy: hydroelectricity (dams, tides and waves)

renewable energy: biomass and biofuel


Green Urban Planning

Today, green urban planning is more important than ever. We provide facts about seven cities that are focused on utilizing various approaches to sustainable development. You can find out about many sources of renewable energy here.

City planning committees around the globe are becoming more focused on the importance of using sources of renewable energy, rather than fossil fuels and other finite resources. Our goal is to teach our readers about eight of the greenest cities in the world. As you peruse this site, you will gain insight into the worlds of renewable energy, urban planning, green building and sustainable mass transit. For instance, you will learn about an example of a bus system, located in Curitiba, Brazil, that serves as a standard of efficiency for other metropolises throughout the world...


Green City Times FB Page

Sustainability Trends

Ideas for a Greener Home

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Favor cloth over paper products
  • Chlorine-free baby diapers/ wipes
  • Choose natural lawn care - stop using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Use biodegradable detergent and oxygen bleach
  • For clean, safe drinking water without all of the waste - use a water filter and a reusable bottle
  • Install low-flow toilets


Energy Saving Ideas

  • Use CFL or LED light bulbs
  • Use Energy Star labeled equipment
  • Turn off all home and office equipment when not in use
  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Turn down the thermostat - lowering it by just one degree can reduce heating energy costs significantly
  • Avoid "phantom loads" (electrical equipment that still uses energy even after turned off) by using a power strip
  • Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees
  • Install double-pane windows