Good green living

Nestled just below San Francisco and above Harrisburg, Pa., little ol’ Chico has been ranked 20th in Country Home magazine’s recent listing of the 379 Best Green Cities in America.

According to the magazine, the ranking denotes which cities make it easier to live an eco-friendly life. Criteria include air and watershed quality, miles of mass transit and access to farmers markets and organic producers.

Here are the top 25, compiled with the help of Sperling’s BestPlaces:

Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.
Ithaca, N.Y.
Corvallis, Ore.
Springfield, Mass.
Wenatchee, Wash.
Charlottesville, Va.
Boulder, Colo.
Madison, Wis.
Binghamton, N.Y.
Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
La Crosse, Wis.
Pittsfield, Mass.
Eau Claire, Wis.
Durham, N.C.
Norwich-New London, Conn.
Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
• Chico
Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa.
Barnstable Town, Mass.
Utica-Rome, N.Y.
Missoula, Mont.
Asheville, N.C.