Move.com has chosen the Minneapolis as one of the Top 10 Greenest Cities in the United States. The places, listed in no particular order, were chosen because Move.com thought the cities were doing a great job at putting residents first. These cities are obsessed with clean air and clean water, renewable energy, reliable city transportation, growing parks and green spaces, farmer’s markets and, most importantly, opportunities for community involvement.
What did they have to say about Minneapolis?
Named one of the top business districts in the nation for by the Environmental Protection Agency, Minneapolis is a commuter’s paradise where more than 60 percent of downtown workers use public or alternative transportation to get to the office. Free parking for registered van and car pools, an extensive bike path and bike lane system and employer-sponsored showers and locker rooms not only add endorphins but make a significant dent into auto-based air pollution. On the way to work, commuters thread their way among scores of lakes and parks and ponds and greenbelts and more than 200,000 trees. With great drinking water, active community organizations and the Minnesota State Department of Commerce nudging businesses and residents to hook solar systems up to the city's grid, it doesn’t take Mary Tyler Moore tossing her beret into the air to let you know this is a great place to live.
Of course, this shouldn't dishearten St. Paul residents. Many of the same programs available in Minneapolis are also available in Saint Paul. This is just one more aspect of the Twin Cities that makes life here so great.