Cities and towns worldwide are making strides to embrace more and more green technology in terms of clean, renewable energy, recycling programs, and efforts to reduce their carbon footprints and become more sustainable. But certain cities are outpacing others. Based on their particular climates, layouts and needs, each city seen here in this gallery has adapted to become as sustainable and self-sufficient as possible.
Though there are many other cities that deserve recognition for their environmentally-conscious efforts, we’ll only be taking a look at five in this gallery. From the cold shores of Iceland to the balmy coasts of Ecuador, check out the efforts of some of the greenest cities on the planet. Click a picture to learn about the green features of each city, and be sure to check out the city’s links as well, and maybe plan your next vacation.