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Three Bright (Green) Ideas

When posed the question “How Green Is Your Town?” to celebrate eco-friendly efforts across the country, these environmental initiatives led the way.

Grow Free Veggies

Local food experts in Denver created the volunteer-staffed Grow Local
Colorado and partnered with the city’s Parks Stewardship program to
plant vegetable gardens in seven city parks. They harvested 2,789 pounds
of produce, which was donated to local food banks and shelters.

Power, Don’t Pollute

West Texas wind turbines provided more than 400 million kilowatt-hours of power for Houston residents last year, earning the city the No. 1 ranking on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership 2011 list.

Sightsee By Train

Green-minded travelers in Los Angeles started L.A. Electric Travel to offer tourists and locals an online guide to more than 300 destinations using only the city’s light rail. The site,, recommends restaurants, museums, beaches, and more—all reachable by each of L.A.’s five rail lines.

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