Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

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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. 16 San Diego

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In drought-stricken California, some green perks have been born out of necessity: some hotels, like North Park’s Lafayette Hotel, have installed aerators in the showers to cut down on water use.  The Lodge at Torrey Pines (home of the renowned farm-to-table A.R. Valentien), meanwhile, has been applauded for diverting an impressive 75 percent of its trash into recycling or compost. San Diego ranked well in the survey for family vacations, and its big theme parks have adapted eco-friendly practices, too: each of Legoland’s benches is made from 800 plastic milk jugs, while the park’s Lego models—like the Lego-constructed Sydney Opera House—are cleaned with powdered walnut shells instead of chemical cleansers.

San Diego

Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

No. 16 San Diego

In drought-stricken California, some green perks have been born out of necessity: some hotels, like North Park’s Lafayette Hotel, have installed aerators in the showers to cut down on water use.  The Lodge at Torrey Pines (home of the renowned farm-to-table A.R. Valentien), meanwhile, has been applauded for diverting an impressive 75 percent of its trash into recycling or compost. San Diego ranked well in the survey for family vacations, and its big theme parks have adapted eco-friendly practices, too: each of Legoland’s benches is made from 800 plastic milk jugs, while the park’s Lego models—like the Lego-constructed Sydney Opera House—are cleaned with powdered walnut shells instead of chemical cleansers.

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