America's 50 Greenest Cities: Popular Science Ranks 'Em


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Throwing its hat into the ranking ring with Yahoo! and MSN's City Guides (to which TreeHugger was a contributor), Popular Science has crunched some numbers and ranked America's 50 Greenest Cities. They used survey data and government statistics from National Geographic Society’s Green Guide and the US Census Bureau for American cities with populations over 100,000 people in more than 30 categories, including air quality, electricity use and transportation habits. After compiling all these stats and combining them into four categories -- Electricity, Transportation, Green Living and Recycling/green perspective -- each city was scored (out of a possible 5 or 10 points) and ranked. Let's have a drumroll before announcing that PopSci's greenest city is...Portland, Oregon, with a score of 23.1 (Electricity: 7.1 Transportation: 6.4 Green Living: 4.8 Recycling/Perspective: 4.8) out of a possible 30. The Rose City earned big points for having half of its energy generated by renewable sources; when it comes to transportation, a quarter of the workforce commutes by bike, carpool or public transportation; when it comes to green living, it has 35 LEED-certified buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Rounding out the top five are San Francisco, Boston, Oakland and Eugene, Oregon, followed by Cambridge, Mass., Berkeley, Calif., Seattle, Chicago and Austin, Texas. In addition to the list, PopSci has put together an informative gallery, spotlighting some of the more innovative programs and projects underway in these green cities. Did your city make the list? The rest of the top 50 are below, along with their scores; let the debating begin! ::Popular Science

11. Minneapolis, Minn. (scored 20.3 out of 30)
Electricity: 7.8 Transportation: 7.4 Green Living: 2.8 Recycling/Perspective: 2.3

12. St. Paul, Minn. (20.2)
Electricity: 8.0 Transportation: 4.0 Green Living: 3.5 Recycling/Perspective: 4.7

13. Sunnyvale, Calif. (19.9)
Electricity: 7.3 Transportation: 6.8 Green Living: 2.2 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6

14. Honolulu, Hawaii (19.9)
Electricity: 6.0 Transportation: 7.8 Green Living: 2.6 Recycling/Perspective: 3.5

15. Fort Worth, Tex. (19.7)
Electricity: 8.3 Transportation: 4.6 Green Living: 2.4 Recycling/Perspective: 4.4

16. Albuquerque, N.M. (19.1)
Electricity: 7.6 Transportation: 5.5 Green Living: 2.4 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6

17. Syracuse, N.Y. (18.9)
Electricity: 7.0 Transportation: 4.9 Green Living: 2.6 Recycling/Perspective: 4.4

18. Huntsville, Ala. (18.4)
Electricity: 6.2 Transportation: 4.1 Green Living: 3.6 Recycling/Perspective: 4.5

19. Denver, Colo. (18.2)
Electricity: 5.9 Transportation: 5.2 Green Living: 3.0 Recycling/Perspective: 4.1

20. New York, N.Y. (18.2)
Electricity: 2.8 Transportation: 10.0 Green Living: 3.4 Recycling/Perspective: 2.0

21. Irvine, Calif. (18.1)
Electricity: 4.2 Transportation: 6.8 Green Living: 2.9 Recycling/Perspective: 4.2

22. Milwaukee, Wis. (17.3)
Electricity: 5.0 Transportation: 4.9 Green Living: 3.1 Recycling/Perspective: 4.3

23. Santa Rosa, Calif. (17.2)
Electricity: 7.0 Transportation: 3.4 Green Living: 2.4 Recycling/Perspective: 4.4

24. Ann Arbor, Mich. (17.2)
Electricity: 4.6 Transportation: 4.8 Green Living: 2.9 Recycling/Perspective: 4.9

25. Lexington, Ky. (16.8)
Electricity: 5.9 Transportation: 3.6 Green Living: 2.3 Recycling/Perspective: 5.0

26. Tulsa, Okla. (16.7)
Electricity: 5.0 Transportation: 3.9 Green Living: 3.4 Recycling/Perspective: 4.4

27. Rochester, N.Y. (16.1)
Electricity: 4.5 Transportation: 4.4 Green Living: 3.1 Recycling/Perspective: 4.1

28. Riverside, Calif. (16.0)
Electricity: 7.5 Transportation: 3.1 Green Living: 2.1 Recycling/Perspective: 3.3

29. Springfield, Ill. (15.7)
Electricity: 5.3 Transportation: 3.0 Green Living: 3.2 Recycling/Perspective: 4.2

30. Alexandria, Va. (15.7)
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 6.3 Green Living: 3.1 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6

31. St. Louis, Mo. (15.0)
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 5.0 Green Living: 3.7 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6

32. Anchorage, Alaska (14.4)
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 4.7 Green Living: 2.1 Recycling/Perspective: 4.9

33. Athens-Clarke, Ga. (14.1)
Electricity: 2.4 Transportation: 4.7 Green Living: 3.2 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8

34. Amarillo, Tex. (14.0)
Electricity: 5.2 Transportation: 2.9 Green Living: 2.3 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6

35. Kansas City, Mo. (13.8)
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 3.7 Green Living: 2.7 Recycling/Perspective: 4.7

36. Salt Lake City, Utah (13.5)
Electricity: 3.6 Transportation: 4.1 Green Living: 2.3 Recycling/Perspective: 3.5

37. Pasadena, Calif. (13.2)
Electricity: 5.8 Transportation: 3.1 Green Living: 1.8 Recycling/Perspective: 2.5

38. Norwalk, Calif. (13.0)
Electricity: 3.5 Transportation: 3.1 Green Living: 2.5 Recycling/Perspective: 3.9

39. Laredo, Tex. (12.9)
Electricity: 4.4 Transportation: 2.5 Green Living: 1.7 Recycling/Perspective: 4.3

40. Joliet, Ill. (12.0)
Electricity: 1.3 Transportation: 4.3 Green Living: 2.6 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8

41. Newport News, Va. (11.9)
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 2.7 Green Living: 2.7 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8

42. Louisville, Ky. (11.9)
Electricity: 1.3 Transportation: 4.0 Green Living: 2.5 Recycling/Perspective: 4.1

43. Concord, Calif. (11.9)
Electricity: 3.0 Transportation: 3.2 Green Living: 2.2 Recycling/Perspective: 3.5

44. Fremont, Calif. (11.3)
Electricity: 3.0 Transportation: 3.0 Green Living: 1.5 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8

45. Elizabeth, N.J. (10.5)
Electricity: 2.6 Transportation: 2.8 Green Living: 1.8 Recycling/Perspective: 3.3

46. Livonia, Mich. (10.2)
Electricity: 2.7 Transportation: 2.1 Green Living: 1.8 Recycling/Perspective: 3.6

47. San Bernardino, Calif. (10.2)
Electricity: 2.8 Transportation: 2.3 Green Living: 1.6 Recycling/Perspective: 3.5

48. Thousand Oaks, Calif. (10.2)
Electricity: 2.9 Transportation: 2.9 Green Living: 1.6 Recycling/Perspective: 2.8

49. Stockton, Calif. (10.1)
Electricity: 2.8 Transportation: 2.5 Green Living: 1.0 Recycling/Perspective: 3.8

50. Greensboro, N.C. (10.0)
Electricity: 2.0 Transportation: 2.0 Green Living: 2.1 Recycling/Perspective: 3.9

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