11 April 2011

New York City wins 2011 'Heart of Green Award'

The Big Apple is turning into the Green Apple.

Green lifestyle website, TheDailyGreen.com recently announced the winners of its 2011 Heart of Green awards and New York was named as the Greenest City.

New York won the top spot due to the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and his administration, who in 2007 implemented a plan to reduce the city’s carbon footprint in an effort to cut carbon emissions 30% by the year 2030. The plan, called PLANYC, includes improving land, water, transportation, energy and air in the city. Recent accomplishments include making Times Squares a pedestrian friendly causeway, planting thousands of trees as part of the Million Trees NYC project, and a push to get hybrid taxis on the streets.

The Bloomberg administration also recently announced a billion dollar plan to improve New York City’s waterfront parks.

Other Heart of Green award winners include: Matt Damon as the Greenest Celebrity, Jane Goodall for Lifetime Achievement, Nissan Leaf as the Greenest New Car, Method for the Greenest Cleaning Product Line, H&M for the best new sustainable fashion line and University of Wisconsin-Madison as the Greenest University.

TheDailyGreen.com is part of Hearst Magazines Digital Media.

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