With the 4th of July festivities in abundance tomorrow in the US, let’s celebrate by highlighting the 30 greenest cities in America. There are many green rankings, and in the past we’ve looked at the Top 10 Greenest Countries and even the 8 Green Companies You Can Feel Good About. While many major cities are making green and sustainable changes and passing legislation to enforce said changes, it’s great to look at how they measure up in comparison to one another.
This list was compiled and published by Corporate Knights (CK). CK “is a media, research and financial products company focused on quantifying and animating clean capitalism drivers for decision makers.” CK has branched out into a magazine, as well as into Corporate Knights Capital. Corporate Knights Capital “a division of the leading publishing and investment research company [CK], [it] is [a] source for objective, data-driven ‘clean capitalism’ ratings for over 2000 companies globally.” The 30 Greenest Cities in America ranking was established with the assistance of Tufts University Political Science professor Kent E. Portney.
Scored out of a possible 38 points, CK used a list of 38 specific policies and programs that cities around America have been doing to try to become more sustainable. You can review their methodology here. As you can see from the list, many cities tied with others in scoring so there are actually 3 cities sharing the number one spot.
Now, let’s count down the top 30 greenest cities in America:
27. Louisville Metro, KY score of 26/38
27. Las Vegas, NV score of 26/38
27. Miami, FL score of 26/38
27. Fresno, CA score of 26/38
26. Indianapolis, IN score of 27/38
23. Kansas City, MO score of 28/38
23. Los Angeles, CA score of 28/38
23. Boston, MA score of 28/38
17. Washington D.C. score of 29/38
17. Tucson, AZ score of 29/38
17. Nashville-Davidson, TN score of 29/38
17. Fort Worth, TX score of 29/38
17. Dallas, TX score of 29/38
17. Austin, TX score of 29/38
14. San Jose, CA score of 30/38
14. San Diego, CA score of 30/38
14. New York City, NY score of 30/38
8. Sacramento, CA score of 31/38
8. Phoenix, AZ score of 31/38
8. Philadelphia, PA score of 31/38
8. Minneapolis, MN score of 31/38
8. Columbus, OH score of 31/38
8. Chicago, IL score of 31/38
7. Oakland, CA score of 32 /38
5. Charlotte, NC score of 32/38
5. Albuquerque, NM score of 32/38
4. Denver, CO score of 33/38
1. Seattle, WA score of 35/38
1. San Francisco, CA score of 35/38
1. Portland, OR/ San Francisco, CA score of 35/38
This list illustrates that many major American cities are doing well when it comes to their environmental policies. The list is an encouraging sign that governments are doing their part to reverse the damage that has been done to the environment. Though this list of green cities highlights those who are succeeding, when it comes to being green, it has also giving other cities something to aspire. These types of lists allow participants to be able to measure their successes and failures against their peers. It can also act as a catalyst or call to arms, to get other cities to take a long look at their own green status. Remember that every little bit helps, and for every city doing their part to be green, the world is a better place.
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