What are the most sustainable cities in the US? One organization, SustainLane keeps track, via their annual US City Rankings. It’s not a measure of how green a city is, it’s a measure of how sustainable its public health, local economy and quality of life is. The criteria:
Public health – air and drinking water quality, walkability;
Keeping money in the local economy – renewable energy and alternative fuels, transit, walkability, green building and local food production;
Quality of life – walkability, affordable housing, number of parks, susceptibility to energy price surges, vulnerability to natural disasters**
The top 15 out of the 50 most populous cities:
1. Portland, OR
2. San Francisco
6. Oakland, Calif.
7. New York
13. Sacramento, Calif.
14. Austin, Texas
For a more extensive review, go here.
**If anyone’s skeptical as to why natural disasters are part of the criteria, you may not be after watching An Inconvenient Truth.
Tomorrow: How to get your city ranked higher.