Binghamton one of Country Home’s Top Ten Green Places

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Binghamton was ranked as the 9th Greenest Place to liveWho’d a thunk it? Certainly not most of the residents of Broome County. But somehow Country Home magazine decided we ranked right up there with the likes of Ithaca, NY and Madison, WI in terms of providing the means to live an eco-friendly life. Actually, it sounds like Country Home hired Sperling BestPlaces (whoever they are) to make the determination:

The Best Green Places study, which is based on data discovered by Sperling’s BestPlaces, examines 24 data metrics in 5 major categories — including air and watershed quality, mass transit usage, power usage, farmers markets, organic producers, and number of green-certified buildings — to determine which metro areas are the best places to live a green life. Sperling’s BestPlaces ranked the 379 major metropolitan areas, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Over 80 percent of all U.S. residents live in these 379 metro areas.

Ever since IBM abandoned us, we’ve thought of ourselves as economically depressed. Well, guess what? No industry means no air and water pollution, and no outsiders moving in to build suburbs on your undeveloped land–I mean, watershed. Yes, our rolling hills and the Susquehanna River valley are scenic. But so is the rest of central New York.

True, we’ve got quite a few decent parks, Binghamton University has its Nature Preserve, and we have a number of walking trails. I can’t speak to the number of green-certified buildings in the area, but the last time I looked (a long time ago, granted) the Farmer’s Market was dinky. Are we really that much better than the 370 metropolitan areas we outranked?

Don’t get me wrong, I like living here. I bet most of the people living here, despite their grousing about the weather, like living here, too. We just don’t think of this area–or ourselves–as anything special. Ithaca, our neighbor, ranked second, and they’re wondering “why they didn’t make it to the very top of the list.” Binghamton ranked ninth, but we’re surprised that “Binghamton has made a Top 10 list that the Chamber of Commerce could actually tout to outsiders.” It’s a matter of attitude, and maybe it’s time for our attitude to change.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

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Kathy Purdy March 14, 2007, 10:55 am

Bill, Binghamton is the nearest metropolitan area. We share the same county, but you are right, my family and I live out in the country. I never figured out how they made their determinations, either.

Mel, I’m sure you realize it’s a publicity gimmick as much as anything. What it really indicates is that “being green” now sells.

bill March 14, 2007, 9:37 am

I never did manage to dig down into how they made their determinations. But nevertheless it is bound to be a good thing to live in an area which has made the list, so congratulations.

I didn’t actually think of you as living in a metropolitan area at all.

Mel Rimmer March 14, 2007, 4:55 am

Congratulations. it sounds like a good place to live. I’m just excited that Country home magazine even has a top 10 eco-friendly places to live. I’ve been banging on about the environment for so long I got used to being a lone voice in the wilderness. I’m always really surprised to find that people have finally started listening and mainstream publications are spreading the word.