Time for Vancouverites and Torontonians to get their brag on!
Vancouver is the greenest city in Canada and was ranked second in North America in a newly released Green Index of North American cities. Toronto ranked ninth in North America and second in Canada.
The study, which ranked 27 North American cities, was conducted by the always-interesting Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Siemens.
San Francisco was ranked number one overall in the index. Oh San Fran, you so progressive…
The ranking took into account CO2 emissions, green energy, land use, energy efficient buildings, transportation, water infrastructure, waste policy, air quality and environmental governance.
Vancouver’s strongest suits were CO2 emissions and air quality, where it ranked first out of all the cities surveyed. It also ranked in the top 10 in every other category. The city’s weakest category was environmental governance, but it still had a score of 91.1 points out of a possible 100. Pretty darn good for the city’s worst ranking (Toronto came in 24th with 60 points).
Toronto’s strongest category was waste, where it ranked fourth in North America while it also ranked in the top half of the index in the CO2, energy, buildings, water and air categories.
Meanwhile, Toronto wasn’t looking so good in the transportation category (surprise, surprise). The T-dot had the longest commute time of all 27 cities in the index with plenty of traffic congestion and sprawl within its borders. The study also noted that, while Toronto has a good ratio of public transit vehicles to total area, it lacks large, centrally located pedestrian-only zones.
Other Canadian cities that received a rank were Ottawa (12th overall), Calgary (14th overall), and Montreal (19th overall).
There are a few more interesting tidbits from this, and by interesting tidbits, we mean total environmental FAILS. Detroit received 0.0 points in the waste category, St. Louis received 5.6 points in the environmental governance category and Cleveland scored a meager 1.2 points in the CO2 emissions category. Better luck next time guys!