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:
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: