Living In America’s Greenest City

National Geographic’s “Green Guide” ranked my hometown of Eugene, Oregon, as the greenest city in America back in 2006.  Popular Science makes us the fifth greenest this year and Forbes magazine puts us in ninth place.  That’s not bad for our mini-metropolis when you consider that there are thousands of contenders. 

So what is it like to live in this green wonderland?  GLORIOUS! Here are some common Eugene sights that you’ll notice as you wander our streets:

More gardens, less lawns. Many Eugene residents have replaced all or part of their lawns with food-producing gardens or flowerbeds.  Many of the people who do have lawns simply let them die out rather than using precious water on them over the summer.  When the fall rains return, so do our lush lawns.