Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

10 Greenest Cities in America (and the Worst)

Business

WalletHub has put together its annual list of cities "that most encourage an environmentally friendly lifestyle." WalletHub analysts compared 100 cities using 13 key metrics "from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to the number of smart-energy policies and initiatives."

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub finds that going green is a great way to promote job growth. They cite statistics from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which found that renewable energy creates more jobs than the fossil fuel industry, and the Solar Foundation, which found the solar industry has created jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the national economy.

Here are the top 10 most sustainable cities:

  • New York, NY
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Seattle, WA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Boston, MA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Fremont, CA

Here are the top 10 least sustainable cities:

  • Memphis, TN
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Glendale, AZ
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Hialeah, FL
  • Louisville, KY
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Baton Rouge, LA

Here's how some of the cities ranked in the following categories:

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Don’t Let Wall Street Leave You Behind: It’s Time to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Colbert’s 5 Funniest Moments from the #DemDebate

Interactive Map Shows 414 U.S. Cities Already Locked Into Catastrophic Sea Level Rise

Bill McKibben: ‘VW Is the Flea to Exxon’s Elephant. No Corporation Has Ever Done Anything This Big and This Bad’

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

The moon sets over the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico on March 14, 2017 in Hidalgo, Texas. John Moore / Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic, President Donald Trump found time earlier this week to sign an executive order for U.S. companies to mine the moon's mineral resources, according to Newsweek.

Read More Show Less
Workers unload boxes of medical supplies at Mount Sinai Hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 31, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

The supply chain that provides medical supplies to the world is favoring the U.S. and Europe, which are outbidding poorer nations for masks, gowns, gloves and ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, according to NPR.

Read More Show Less
Sponsored

A garbage yard in Lucknow, India where plastic bottles are dumped before being sent to recycling. Abhimanyu Kumar Sharma / Moment / Getty Images

Scientists have engineered a mutant enzyme that converts 90 percent of plastic bottles back to pristine starting materials that can then be used to produce new high-quality bottles in just hours. The discovery could revolutionize the recycling industry, which currently saves about 30 percent of PET plastics from landfills, reported Science Magazine.

Read More Show Less
A woman drinks tea inside her home. martin-dm / Getty Images

Cabin fever is often associated with being cooped up on a rainy weekend or stuck inside during a winter blizzard.

In reality, though, it can actually occur anytime you feel isolated or disconnected from the outside world.

Read More Show Less

Trending

Pope Francis delivers his homily on April 9, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican. ALESSANDRO DI MEO / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis spoke about the novel coronavirus, suggesting that the global pandemic might be one of nature's responses to the man-made climate crisis.

Read More Show Less