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National Green City Day

On October 1 we celebrate National Green City Day to highlight the progress and innovations cities are making to become more sustainable.

What is the meaning of green city?

A sustainable city, eco-city, or green city is a city designed with consideration for social, economic, environmental impact (commonly referred to as the triple bottom line), and resilient habitat for existing populations, without compromising the ability of future generations to experience the same.

What makes a green city?

Green cities are designed to consider the environment. They create resilient community spaces and maintain economic growth, while reducing C02 emissions and waste, enhancing air quality, and protecting Earth's natural resources.

What are 3 benefits to green spaces in a city?

Indeed, with more than 80% of the U.S. population living in urban areas, communities need to offer a peaceful respite from city life. These natural oases can improve our mental and physical health, provide opportunities for physical activity and social interaction, and help clean the air and water


What can you do?


  • Bike to work to save money, time, and the environment.
  • Green your rooftop or balcony by adding plants.
  • Create outdoor spaces to promote physical activity.
  • Shop at a farmers' market or start a community garden in your neighborhood.
  • Support preservation of natural habitats and landscapes.
  • Make a plan to go plastic-free.
  • Carpool to reduce vehicle emissions.
  • Enjoy an outdoor picnic and collect natural items that can be used for a fun art project.
  • Organize your own event at a local park and celebrate all the ways your city is going green.
  • Recycle and reuse.
  • Volunteer to clean up your local park or waterways
  • Start a movement to build a green city block.
  • Share and tag #NationalGreenCityDay on ways you are contributing to a more sustainable world.
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