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Greenest Cities in North America

Of the 27 high-ranking cities, repeat offenders like San Francisco, NYC, Seattle, and Denver earned top spots. Conspicuously absent from the list is Portland.

The survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit looked at 31 variables, such as mobility, air and water quality, land use, and energy to determine the ranking. That the result covers a broad geographic spectrum is a clear indication of the narrowing "environmental gap between the West and East coasts [...] in the last decade," writes Wendy Koch for the USA Today.

What about Canada?

"The American cities tend to be fairly wealthy and thus able to afford new projects. When wealth was taken into account, the survey finds that the five Canadian cities, including Vancouver (No. 2 overall) and Toronto (No. 9), outperform their U.S. counterparts," Koch points out.

The Economist Intelligence Unit is a research division of The Economist.

Full Story: Green cities span coasts, as eco-efforts intensify



Irvin Dawid's picture

Portland is not a large city? (why it's not listed)

That's the only explanation I can think of - here the list of greenest cities per USA Today:
1. San Francisco
2. Vancouver
3. New York City
4. Seattle
5. Denver
6. Boston
7. Los Angeles
8. Washington, D.C.
9. Toronto
10. Minneapolis
11. Chicago
12. Ottawa
13. Philadelphia
14. Calgary
15. Sacramento
16. Houston
17. Dallas
18. Orlando
19. Montreal
20. Charlotte
21. Atlanta
22. Miami
23. Pittsburgh
24. Phoenix
25. Cleveland
26. St. Louis
27. Detroit
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

Where is Portland...?

Good question... Portland is actually bigger than some of the cities listed. When I first read this story the same question came to my mind... where is Portland...? Maybe just another example of how these tiresome rankings of cities... best... greenest... most educated... etc... are often meaningless or even totally off.


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