Yep, that's right. It's not a typo. What kind of green city is DC? According to 2008 U.S. City Sustainability rankings released by SustainLane, overall Baltimore ranks number 10 (an improvement from ranking 11 from 2006) and Washington DC ranks number 15 (a drop from ranking 12). The most green city in the nation is Portland. It takes Portland's city planners at least 30 years to make the city green. By implementing urban density growth boundary, strict land-use policies, and density.
Why rank green cities, via SustainLane.
The rankings explain how people’s quality of life and city economic and management preparedness are likely to fare in the face of an uncertain future.
These indicators gauge, for instance, which cities’ public transit, renewable energy, local food, and development approaches are most likely to either limit or intensify the negative economic and environmental impacts of fossil fuel dependence.
Rankings by category in competition with 49 other major cities:
City commuting - #1. Interesting stats: DC has the second-highest use of public transit, walk-to-work and bike-to-work ratings, and carpool.
Metro street congestion - #45. DC is among the five most 'congested' cities in the U.S. We know that. Just check the news in the morning and afternoon for the intensity of traffic pattern and you'll get the idea. This has something to do with housing affordability (#40). More people lives in the burbs than in the city.
Air quality - #30 (right after Baltimore #29). Do we need more regs on 'air quality?' Since EPA HQ is here. This is pathetic.
Green economy - #20. The grass is greener in Portland - number 1 in ranking - with its highest rate of farmers markets, green buildings, and numerous local green biz.
City innovation - ranking number 12 - along with other cities of Dallas, TX; Tucson, Phoenix, AZ; Denver, CO; and Oakland, CA. Innovation from the perspective of its run on green money, i.e. green purchase, green buildings, residential green incentives, carpooling, and car-sharing whether it's public or private.
Energy and climate change - #23. Based on greenhouse gas emission, renewable energy use, alternative fuel use, and economic competitiveness the cities of Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, and Seattle score the highest points.
Housing affordability - #40. Housing prices over here is far affordable than in the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland - all in California. Plus New York. Altogether.
Metro ridership - #7. New York still holds the lead as the city with the highest percentage of public transit use.
Waste management -#30. Baltimore score much better than DC -ranking #12. For diversion of solid waste, the cities of San Francisco, San Jose, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Fresno - all divert more than 60% of total waste from city landfills through recycling, green waste and composting.
Planning and Land-use - #24. Baltimore again beats DC - ranking #18. They look at data for park percentage per total city land, cities pedestrian and bicycle access and planning, transit oriented development (TOD), and regional planning. In this case, NYC came out strong for number 1.
Tap water quality - #40. Washington DC is on the 'endangered' list of cities with poor tap water quality. Tell me about it. If you live in Kansas City, you get the best water quality - according to Sustain Lane "..it has no recorded pollutants when tested."
Water supply - #21. Apparently, DC has a mixed results. Baltimore (#15) has more fresh, drinkable water supply than us here.
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