Best Places to Live

Greensboro, NC

Population: 291,209
Photo: Joseph Rodriguez

Greensboro, NC, doesn't take its name for granted. The city has undertaken a number of green initiatives in areas like transportation, energy efficiency and sustainability to stay ahead on environmental issues. Developments such as Connections 2025 help the city manage its growth by laying out specific plans for the future and addressing environmental issues. Greensboro is also using programs like HEAT (Higher Education Area Transit), a university-based transit system, and SCAT (Specialized Community Area Transportation), a transportation service for those unable to take the regular bus route, to ensure more efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation. And Greensboro is hard at work to ensure that the city keeps its natural roots by replanting trees lost in natural disasters through programs like NeighborWoods.