Vancouver Greenest City in Canada, Second in North America

Dec 19 2017, 5:01 am

As Vancouver continues it’s global conquest to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 it looks like the city has to catch San Francisco first. The Economic Intelligence Unit ranked North American cities on nine performance metrics: carbon emissions, energy usage, land use, green buildings, public transportation, water use, waste management, air quality and environmental governance. Vancouver placed 2nd overall (behind San Francisco) and first in Canada.

Here are the top 3 ranked cities in the nine metrics:


  • Vancouver
  • Miami
  • New York


  • Denver
  • Boston
  • San Francisco

Land use

  • New York
  • Minneapolis
  • Ottawa


  • Seattle
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.


  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Vancouver


  • Calgary
  • Boston
  • New York


  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Los Angeles


  • Vancouver
  • San Francisco
  • New York

Environmental Governance

  • Denver, New York, Washington (tie)

As you can see by the ratings above we have a ways to go. I was surprised by the land use, but then quickly realized that outside of downtown and uptown Vancouver’s density has a long way to go. Mayor Gregor and city council will have to finesse their way to getting more high and mid rise living units built outside the city core.

Here is the list of top cities in North America:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Vancouver
  3. New York
  4. Seattle
  5. Denver
  6. Boston
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Washington DC
  9. Toronto
  10. Minneapolis
  11. Chicago
  12. Ottawa
  13. Philadelphia
  14. Calgary
  15. Sacramento
  16. Houston
  17. Dallas
  18. Orlando
  19. Montreal
  20. Charlotte
  21. Atlanta
  22. Miami
  23. Pittsburgh
  24. Phoenix
  25. Cleveland
  26. St. Louis
  27. Detroit
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