While trolling the internet this morning to catch up on the day’s news I found an interesting list produced by Siemens
, the German based Engineering Conglomerate. The list was compiled by using methodology developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit
in cooperation Siemens and independent city experts. Cities in North America were judged on CO2, Energy, Land Use, Buildings, Transport, Water, Waste, Air and Environmental Governance. 27 major cities in the U.S. and Canada were listed from strongest to weakest in each of the categories and then overall.I know you’re all dying to know where your city falls in the mix, so here’s a link
to the list.
I’m from Texas, so it really stood out to me that Texas had two cities on the list. I assumed Austin was a sure thing on this list but it wasn’t anywhere to be found. Instead, Dallas (17) and Houston (16) are listed side by side in the middle-ish of the pack. Houston’s highest was in environmental governance where it tied for fifth with Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Its lowest ranking was in CO2 and air categories. Dallas received its highest rating under the transportation category, 13, for trying to make the city’s fleet greener and other efforts to promote environmentally friendly transport. Its lowest placement was in land use, 23.
Oklahoma, my other home was no where to be found. For a state that pride’s itself on it’s open plains and “waving wheat that sure smells sweet” shouldn’t we be taking better care of our environment? Siemens site has an online pamphlet explaining why each city was chosen. The site also allows visitors to compare the chosen cities to their own or to others on the list.
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