These Are Most Sustainable Cities You Can Visit Right Now

Eco-conscious and socially responsible travelers rejoice!

Updated 11/01/18

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Making a commitment sustainability means more than just recycling, it’s about living in a way that will give future generations the opportunity to thrive. What better way to get inspired than by looking to trailblazers? We’ve rounded up a list of the most eco-conscious and socially responsible cities on the planet. Think: Bicycle infrastructure, access to public transportation, electric vehicle incentives, etc.

From Singapore to Stockholm, these progressive destinations are doing their part.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong snags the top spot in the Sustainable Cities Index. Its achievements include world-class framework and a first-rate transit system that supports increased connectivity. Its high ranking is also due to adoption of green specifications and ambitious carbon reduction plan.

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Zurich is a hub of banking and finance with superb transport that folks actually use! Local leadership has its finger on the pulse of environmental issues and ensures the populous remains informed. Economic sustainability and quality of life are certainly selling points too.

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Beyond its famous landmarks and legendary culinary scene, Paris has exemplary infrastructure and a stellar metro network, renowned for its density of stops and annual ridership. La Ville Lumière also performs well when it comes to urban projects and eco-friendly stays.

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Buddhist temples, skyscrapers, botanical gardens—Seoul has it all. This metropolis is home to Google’s first Asian campus. And rider connectivity is threw the roof thanks to high-tech subways (that carry upwards of seven million people a day), electric buses, and a great bike rental system.

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The Czech capital sets the standard with 15.68 square miles of gorgeous, national parks. Environmental efforts aren’t just limited to the city. Václav Havel Airport Prague is steadfast in its goal to reduce greenhouse emissions from takeoffs, landings, ground transport, and other operations.

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Vienna is recognized as an early adopter electric-powered buses, which decreased the carbon footprint and improved commuting efficiency. It houses the world’s first zero energy balance lodging, Boutiquehotel Stadthalle. Plus, there are plenty of ethical stores, sustainable coffee shops, and slow eateries to explore.

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London has more than 35,000 acres of verdant spaces. It leads the charge in its commitment to funding transport needs through revenues. In 2003, the government introduced a transit tax to discourage reliance on private cars. So, what happens to the collected tolls? It goes towards transit and infrastructure. Genius!

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Singapore has demonstrated its dedication to self-driving technology, ride sharing, green living standards, and conservation. It also has excellent saltwater desalination, rain catchment, and H20 recycling systems. And with the population expected to reach 6 million by 2030, additional measures are in place to improve connectivity.

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When you think of Stockholm, images of sleek design likely come to mind. But that’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Organic food consumption and walkability are high too. The Swedish capital also boasts one of the most iconic eco-urban development projects, Hammarby Sjöstad.

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Frankfurt has terrific public transport and bicycle paths, which alleviates reliance on private cars and cuts down on greenhouse gases. Over 52% of the city is covered by nature. Furthermore, the local government has plans to be 100% dependent on renewable energy sources by 2050.

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