Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Green Sacramento

Becoming noticed as a leader in the field.

Sacramento earns high marks as 'green' leader
Sacramento Business Journal - 12:47 PM PDT Monday, July 2, 2007

Sacramento is a city "On the Verge," at least when it comes to being a green leader worldwide, according to a just-released Fast Company magazine report.

The River City joined Minneapolis and Tallahassee, Fla., as cities "On the Verge," or runners-up to the four winners.

Chicago, especially with its 2.5 million square feet of heat-reducing rooftop gardens and the planting of 500,000 trees; Stockholm, Sweden, which has 2,500 green-sector companies and is considered the least-polluted major city in Europe; Portland, Ore., with 125 U.S. Green Building Council-approved buildings, the most in the nation; and Vancouver, Canada, which wants higher-density living in the urban core to ease pollution and encourage walking while preserving the nearby forest.

The cities were chosen for their forward-looking green energy products -- including patents and growth in the high-tech sector -- communities that invest in green energy-related infrastructure, and fresh-thinking ideas that also lure talented workers.