Independent Study Finds San Francisco the Greenest City in the US
An independent study conducted in June found San Francisco to be the “greenest” city in the United States and Canada. This doesn't come as much of a surprise – the city has made headlines for leading the way with policies such as mandatory composting and a grocery store plastic bag ban.
The study, conducted by Siemens, examined 27 major cities in the US and Canada. San Francisco topped the list, followed by Vancouver, New York, Seattle and Denver; Cleveland, St. Louis and Detroit ranked at the bottom.
The city by the bay received high marks in each of the 9 environmental policy categories: carbon emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transportation, waste, air quality and environmental governance. The city's waste laws, energy efficient building standards, low levels of air pollution and public transportation system were all cited as contributing factors.
In a statement, Melanie Nutter, San Francisco's Director of the Department of the Environment, said, “We worked hard to get where we are, but if we're going to meet all of our audacious goals, we're going to have to continue pushing the envelope.”
Mayor Ed Lee applauded commitment from San Francisco's citizens: "I believe we were named the greenest city in North America because San Franciscans are always willing to go the distance and find new ways of making our city a more sustainable place."