Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
Innovative SF Environmental Policies and Results Lauded at Aspen Ideas Festival this Week
San Francisco, CAâ€”Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco has received the distinction as the â€œgreenestâ€ 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 â€œgreenestâ€ 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 â€” CO2 emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air quality and environmental governance.
â€œIt’s certainly an honor for San Francisco to be named the â€˜greenest’ city in North America, and it’s great to get recognition for the good work San Franciscans have done,â€ said Mayor Lee. â€œSan 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.â€
If you want to read the entire green city survey click on the link or image above. It is a PDF file, just over 8MB in size. Congrats to SF for being the greenest city in North America, and to all of our citizens who have pushed our elected leaders to take our environmental stewardship to the next level! Here’s hoping we don’t rest on our laurels but continue to innovate.