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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Houston residents have yet another reason to be proud to live in Houston as the honor of  being “one of the greenest” is bestowed upon the Bayou City.

Reports indicate that causes.com has named the city of Houston one of the “Ten greenest cities” and the title comes on the heels of Earth Day as well as ongoing Earth Day celebrations happening in Houston this week.

VOLUNTEER FOR "EARTH DAY" NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS taking place in Houston. (Photo Credit: City of Houston, Department of Neighborhoods/Facebook)

VOLUNTEER FOR “EARTH DAY” NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS taking place in Houston. (Photo Credit: City of Houston, Department of Neighborhoods/Facebook)

So what makes Houston such a “green city”? Perhaps it is the continuous efforts Houston city officials make in providing countless opportunities for Houston residents to get out and “get green”. For example, adding sidewalks as well as hundreds of miles of bike trails have been ongoing and successful initiatives. In fact, Houston’s bike share program continues to grow as word of it reaches many in the city of Houston.

Also, many communities in Houston allow residents to walk or bike it to those neighborhood eateries, shows and businesses, as opposed to driving. The Upper Kirby District is an area known in Houston where walking or biking is the preferred mode of transportation.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of Houston’s bike share program , you can do so for $65 a year or you can pay $5 to use a bike for up to 24 hours. Click here for additional details.

Below is a list of causes.com’s “greenest cities”, nationwide.

1. New York, NY

2. Oakland, CA

3. Austin, TX

4. Concord, CA

5. Brooklyn, NY

6. San Francisco, CA

7. MountainView, CA

8. Dallas, TX

9. Fremont, CA

10. Houston, TX

11. Portland, OR

12. Richmond, CA

13. Bedford, MA

14. Springfield, MO

15. Atlanta, GA

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