San Francisco ranks #1 again for Least Wasteful City
America's Least Wasteful City index has released the 2010 survey results ranking U.S. cities on their 'green' practices. Once again San Francisco received the highest score in the nation for employing non-wasteful habits such as recycling, reduced driving and trash management.
Coming in second was Seattle, with New York City placing third. The cities ranked low -- ie. supporting the most wasteful municipal practices -- were Houston, Cleveland and Atlanta. The index showed little change from last year, except for Dallas rising in ranking while Houston sunk to the bottom of the list.
The scoring system is based on 3,750 citizen responses around the country to twenty-three questions using a 1 through 10 ranking system that targets behaviors that reduce or increase the amount of waste generated by each respondent. The survey discovered that eco-friendly habits that require a lot of effort -- such as walking short trips instead of driving and developing compost piles or rain harvesting techniques -- ranked low. The index also allowed citizens to rank the country's overall green commitment, and seventy-two percent gave the U.S. a barely passing grade of "C" for their attention to environmental concerns.
So there you go. What do you think your city can do to improve its score?
See the chart below for a list list of ranking and scores: