SustainLane's 2008 US City Rankings: Yay for Portland!

SustainLane's 2008 US City Rankings: Yay for Portland!

Stephanie Kinnear
Sep 22, 2008

Since 2005, SustainLane has been ranking US cities based on their sustainability, and the 2008 results are in.

This morning, we were pretty amused to read that Portland, Oregon has topped the list once again (in four years, no other city has ever earned SustainLane's top honor) -- less than 24 hours ago, we were listening to Re-nest's very own Jonathan B extol the virtues of this very city.

Jonathan's city topped the list -- how did yours do?

Here are SustainLane's rankings. We're pretty pleased to see that four of the top 10 are Apartment Therapy cities (SF, NY, Boston, and Chicago).

According to SustainLane, the cities were judged by how they perform in the following areas: air quality, city commuting, energy & climate change, local food/agriculture, green building, green economy, housing affordability, city innovation, knowledge base, metro street congestion, metro transit ridership, natural disaster risk, planning/land use, waste management, tap water quality, and water supply.

How does your city hold up? Are you surprised? Disappointed?
(And remember, only the 50 largest cities in the US were considered in the study.)

image via StuSeeger; Flickr.com

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