San Francisco Named 'Greenest' City in North America
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco has received the distinction as the “greenest” city in North America in the first North American Green Cities Index. Announced at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival, San Francisco was ranked ahead of New York, Seattle, Denver and Boston as the top five “greenest” U.S. cities. The research study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by Siemens assesses and compares 27 major U.S. and Canadian cities on environmental performance and policies across nine categories – CO2 emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air quality and environmental governance.
“It’s certainly an honor for San Francisco to be named the ‘greenest’ city in North America, and it’s great to get recognition for the good work San Franciscans have done,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is committed to working toward a greener, healthier future for the City, and I think there’s nowhere else on earth where you will find more environmentally involved residents, businesses and visitors than in San Francisco.” Read more.