San Francisco Nabs Most Sustainable City

San Francisco nabbed the “most sustainable city” title in a report from Siemens’s Environmental Intelligence Unit. The Green Cities Index assessed and compared 27 large cities across the U.S. and Canada on environmental performance and policies.

Similar to what we’ve seen here at EarthTechling over the past few years, cities are leading the charge towards reducing C02 emissions and promoting sustainable policies for energy, land use, green building, transport, water, waste, and air quality while federal standards to regulate these areas remain stalled.   21 of 27 U.S. and Canadian cities studied had individual carbon reduction targets.

San Francisco

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The 27 cities selected were chosen to represent a number of the most populous metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada.  The list includes the top 20 U.S. combined statistical areas, and the top 5 Canadian census metropolitan areas.  Expert panelists suggested the addition of Miami and Phoenix due to population and growth rates.  Portland did not make the list based on the ranking criteria, but is highlighted in the report.

“City budgets are as tight as they have ever been, but mayors are leading the charge around making their cities more sustainable because they know they can’t afford to push these decisions off until tomorrow,” said Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer for the Americas, Siemens Corp.

Overall  City Rankings

  1. San Francisco
  2. Vancouver
  3. New York
  4. Seattle
  5. Denver
  6. Boston
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Washington DC
  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

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1 Comment

  • Reply July 14, 2011


    I’ve been to Vancouver once and I must admit it seems to be a really environmentally friendly city. I’ve been into the issue of sustainability for quite a while and I’ve followed the Siemens campaign for a long time as well To me, transport, public transportation so to speak, is the key factor when it comes to making a city more sustainable. It’s not only environmentally friendly, it also guarantees mobility to the young and elder ones.

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