Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

Recycling bins are only the beginning: Travel + Leisure readers picked the best cities for earth-friendly perks like solar-powered hotels, bike-powered beer bars, and fabulous recycled fashions. 

No. 18 Houston

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It may seem like a classic sprawling city, but Houston is greener than it looks: it gets 25 percent of its electricity from wind energy, and the city just introduced a two-way bike track that spans 10 blocks of downtown. Houston proves that even good-ol'-boy types can go green: the Beer Can House found fame after a homeowner re-sided his house with 50,000 recycled beer cans. As one of the nation’s four green coffee-exchange ports, Houston also ranked at No. 5 for its java, like the vacuum-prepared cups at Montrose’s Siphon Coffee (where you can also play on the retro Ms. Pac Man).

Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

No. 18 Houston

It may seem like a classic sprawling city, but Houston is greener than it looks: it gets 25 percent of its electricity from wind energy, and the city just introduced a two-way bike track that spans 10 blocks of downtown. Houston proves that even good-ol'-boy types can go green: the Beer Can House found fame after a homeowner re-sided his house with 50,000 recycled beer cans. As one of the nation’s four green coffee-exchange ports, Houston also ranked at No. 5 for its java, like the vacuum-prepared cups at Montrose’s Siphon Coffee (where you can also play on the retro Ms. Pac Man).

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