74% of Americans agree that all humans have a responsibility to protect the planet.
26% worry that “going green” would cost the economy too much and result in major employment cuts.
“More jobs are created fro each unit of electricity generated from renewable sources than from fossil fuels.” – Union of Concerned Scientists
“Fossil fuel technologies are capital-intensive, whereas the renewable industry is more labor-intensive.” – USC
“In 2015, the solar industry created jobs nearly 20 times faster than the national rate.” – Solar Foundation
100 Large Cities
20 key “green” indicators
First Place: #1 San Francisco, CA
Energy Sources: 15
Lifestyle & Policy: 1
Last Place: #100 Baton Rouge, LA
Energy Sources: 92
Lifestyle & Policy: 98
City with best environment rank: Honolulu, HI
City with worst environment rank: Bakersfield, CA
City with best transportation rank: Minneapolis, MN
City with worst transportation rank: Arlington, TX
The Best and Worst Cities
Cities with best energy sources: Fremont, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Long Beach, CA
Santa Ana, CA
San Bernardino, CA
City with worst energy sources: Toledo, OH
Lifestyle and Policy
City with best lifestyle and policy rank: San Francisco, CA
City with worst lifestyle and policy rank: El Paso, Texas
Greenhouse-gas Emissions Per Capita
City with the lowest greenhouse-gas emissions per capita: Honolulu, HI
City with the highest greenhouse-gas emissions per capita: Houston, TX
City with the highest % of green space: Honolulu, HI
City with the lowest % of green space: Laredo, TX
Commuters Who Drive
City with the lowest % of commuters who drive: New York, NY
City with the highest % of commuters who drive: Corpus Christi, TX
City with the highest bike score: Minneapolis, MN
City with the lowest bike score: Durham, NC
City with the largest number of farmers markets per capita: San Diego, CA
City with the smallest numbers of farmers markets per capita: Irving, TX
- San Francisco, California
- – Was the first city in the U.S to ban plastic grocery bags.
- – Requires its residents to compost.
- – Was the first major U.S city to pass requirements for green roofs on new buildings.
- – Has converted landfill waste (approximately 44,000 tons of waste) through recycling programs and composting.
- – Approximately 13.8 of every 10,000 homes use solar energy for heat.
- Nationwide, of every 10,000 homes, 6.25 use solar heating.
- Los Angeles, California
- – Has the greatest amount of installed solar power capacity.
- Portland, Oregon
- – In the 1970s, it took out a six-lane highway and developed a waterfront park.
- – Has the highest percentage of bicycle commuters.
- Burlington, Vermont
- – Was the first in the U.S to be powered entirely by solar, wind and other forms of clean energy.
- Columbus, Ohio
- – Was granted $40 million by the Department of Transportation to prototype the future of urban transportation.
- Chicago, Illinois
- – Is installing 500 sensor boxes that will give residents block-by-block data on air quality, noise levels and traffic.
- Boston, Massachusetts
- – Was the first city in the U.S to actually oblige the building of green buildings to meet certification standards.
- Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- – Ranked #1 for green transportation in 2016.
- – Has also the lowest level of electricity consumption relative to its GDP.
- New York City, New York
- – Is the most walkable city in the U.S.