Most Sustainable Cities in the US: SustainLane’s Annual Ranking is Out!

logo_233px.gifSustainLane’s rasison d’etre has always been elusive, but one thing they’ve done consistently well, and improved upon year after year has been their various city rankings – including the sought after award of “most sustainable city in the US”. This year they’ve outdone themselves with a lot more in-depth reporting, more explanation of how the rankings were derived, and a nifty new look and feel for their website to boot.
Making such a list is no simple, objective process, and should always be taken with a grain of salt, but perhaps the most useful aspect to the rankings is the friendly competition it fosters among cities: Businesses can brag that they’ve played a roll in making their city a green leader, cities can send officials and business leaders to leading cities to learn how to do things better, and the local papers can tout pride in their readers, or in the case of a poorly performing city, might even evoke change.
This year’s winner, for the second year running, is Portland, Oregon. But there’s a lot of great info on the runners up and a lengthly list of who did well, and who dropped the ball.
See the full list after the jump…


The 2008 SustainLane Rankings:
(click a city for details)
1. Portland, OR (1)
2. San Francisco, CA (2)
3. Seattle, WA (3)
4. Chicago, IL (4)
5. New York, NY (6)
6. Boston, MA (7)
7. Minneapolis, MN (10)
8. Philadelphia, PA (8)
9. Oakland, CA (5)
10. Baltimore, MD (11)
11. Denver, CO (9)
12. Milwaukee, WI (16)
13. Austin, TX (14)
14. Sacramento, CA (13)
15. Washington, DC (12)
16. Cleveland, OH (28)
17. Honolulu, HI (15)
18. Albuquerque, NM (19)
19. Atlanta, GA (38)
20. Kansas City, MO (18)
21. San Jose, CA (23)
22. Tucson, AZ (20)
23. Jacksonville, FL (36)
24. Dallas, TX (24)
25. Omaha, NE (37)
26. San Diego, CA (17)
27. New Orleans, LA (32)
28. Los Angeles, CA (25)
29. Louisville, KY (35)
30. Columbus, OH (50)
31. Detroit, MI (43)
32. Phoenix, AZ (22)
33. San Antonio, TX (21)
34. Miami, FL (29)
35. Charlotte, NC (34)
36. Houston, TX (39)
37. Fresno, CA (33)
38. El Paso, TX (31)
39. Fort Worth, TX (46)
40. Nashville, TN (42)
41. Arlington, TX (41)
42. Colorado Springs, CO (26)
43. Indianapolis, IN (45)
44. Long Beach, CA (30)
45. Virginia Beach, VA (48)
46. Memphis, TN (43)
47. Las Vegas, NV (27)
48. Tulsa, OK (40)
49. Oklahoma City, OK (49)
50. Mesa, AZ (47)

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

5 responses

  1. emily – I believe the list is only the 50 largest cities. They might also have a list for medium and small sized cities.

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