Why We Love Portland, Oregon – Greenest City in America 2012

Travel and Leisure readers recently voted on the Greenest Cities in America and Portland, OR was selected as the top city.

Portland has a long history of focusing on practices that have made it one of the most environmentally friendly and liveable cities beginning when it was first laid out in 1910. City planners opted to make the blocks about half the length of other city blocks and to set a boundary to prevent sprawl. The smaller scale also makes possible for more natural light to be brought into both buildings and on the streets.

Portland boasts more than 315 miles (510 km) of developed bikeways to accommodate leisure bicyclists and the nation’s highest percentage of bike commuters (7%). It was also the birthplace of the FlexCar.

Portland’s building policy encourages green design features, which has helped put the city in the top ten for most LEED-certified buildings in North America. Portland’s Oregon Convention Center was the nation’s first convention facility to receive LEED certification in 2004. The nearby Rose Garden, the city’s largest entertainment and sports arena, is LEED gold certified.

Check out this video on how Portland is building itself green.

If living green is important to you, then Portland should definitely be on your list or places to live. For help finding a home that meets your needs, contact one of our certified Green Real Estate Specialists.

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