A study conducted by the Business Courier of Cincinnati reported that Portland ranks as the #1 overall Green City in the U.S. The study covered 20 categories of a city’s “greenness,” looking at everything from travel time, use of public transit, green jobs along with air and water quality.
Portland scored especially high in LEED certified projects (ranked #2), and carbon emissions per capita (ranked #3). According to the report, only 6.4% of Portlanders use public transit, but that actually translates to a ranking of 8th overall.
San Francisco was second behind Portland, followed by Honolulu, Austin and Boston rounded out the top five. Seattle came in 6th overall, providing the Pacific Northwest with strong representation on the Green City index.
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