Stockholm and San Francisco: Two Capitals of Eco-Cool?

Travel Blog  •  Joanna Kakissis  •  12.29.08 | 1:23 PM ET

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Stockholm has organic jeans, eco-guidebooks and Michelin-starred chefs specializing in natural cuisine. San Francisco has eco-boutiques, enviro-warriors and dating sites for “eco-sexuals.”

The no-bad-news folks at The Optimist lavished praise on Stockholm, which has been shortlisted as a European green capital for 2010 and 2011 and even has its own eco-focused blog. The pub calls the city “eco-cool.”

Meanwhile, a Qantas blogger obsessed with the evils of plastic bags gave some love to plastic-bag-banning San Francisco. 

I don’t know exactly what eco-cool means. If we’re talking style and sustainability, then I’d also give a shout out to Amsterdam, Reykjavik, Vancouver, Sydney, Copenhagen, Portland, Oregon and Boulder, Colorado.

Who would you nominate?


Joanna Kakissis's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, among other publications. A contributor to the World Hum blog, she's currently a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

3 Comments for Stockholm and San Francisco: Two Capitals of Eco-Cool?

Bethany Shaffer 12.29.08 | 11:02 PM ET

It may be a little short on the “cool” but after losing 90% of their town in a tornado, the citizens of Greensburg, Kansas vowed to build back in a 100% sustainable fashion. The decision is not only great for the environment but also for the town’s economy, which was in a full down-swing prior to the disaster. Also, for DC residents, the National Building Museum is hosting an exhibit on Green Communities for the next several months.

Ling 12.30.08 | 10:05 AM ET

If you’re looking at it scientifically, I’d have to say Portland. They’re winning sustainable tourism awards for involving ordinary people and businesses in an effort to provide a complete green experience to visitors.

Matt Bamberg 01.27.09 | 3:23 PM ET

You know what’s so nice about these Eco-friendly towns? They got great vegetarian restaurants, great bakeries and lots of parks. What more could you ask for.

—Matt Bamberg
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