San Francisco named second greenest city in U.S.
An easterly view of San Francisco shows the Moscone Convention
Center with rooftop solar panels, one of several qualifications
used by Popular Science Magazine to nominate San Francisco as
the second greenest city in the U.S.
City photo reproduced by Luke Thomas
By Ari Burack
February 25, 2008
San Francisco is the second greenest city in the country, according
to Popular Science Magazine.
The magazine this month released its list of "America's
50 Greenest Cities," ranking them on such programs as renewable
energy, transportation habits and air quality, green buildings
and public spaces, and recycling programs. The list was compiled
with data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Geographic
Society for cities with more than 100,000 residents.
With a rating of 23 out of 30, San Francisco ranked second on
the list. The city scored particularly high in the transportation
category, which included factors such as the number of people
who either take public transportation or carpool, and air quality.
The magazine also commended a program that installed photovoltaic
solar cells on top of the unused 60,000-square-foot roof space
of San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, which provides enough
electricity to power the center during events, or 180 homes when
the center is closed.
"San Francisco's environmental accomplishments continue
to take national center stage, and this ranking reflects our leadership,"
said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
"With more innovation, and continued expansion of our greening
and sustainability efforts, I have no doubt that next year San
Francisco will be at the top of the list," he added.
Portland, Ore. ranked first on the list. Other highly ranked
Bay Area cities included Oakland, ranked fourth, Berkeley seventh,
Sunnyvale 13th, Santa Rosa 23rd, Concord 43rd and Fremont 44th.
In naming its rankings, the magazine asserted that environmentally
sustainable practices were being implemented far more successfully
on the local level than on the national level.
"In everything from emissions control to environmental stewardship,
cities across the country are far ahead of the federal government,
and they're achieving their successes with ready-made technology,"
the magazine wrote.