Friday, March 12, 2010

Hawaii Ranks 3rd in Green City Index

Out of 43 metro areas (including Indianapolis and Cleveland), American City Business Journals ranked Honolulu 3rd on its Green City Index.

The index takes into account 20 different indicators of a city's "greenness," including the following: Travel delay, Excess fuel, Congestion cost, Mean travel time, Percent of commuters who drive alone, Percent using public transit, Pollutants reported to state in 2004-09, States renewable energy generation, Carbon emissions per capita, Sprawl index, LEED certified and Energy Start rated projects, and Green jobs.

The Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA metro areas ranked 1st and 2nd, respectively. Hawaii had comparable scores with the 1st and 2nd place title holders; however, it ranked poorly in renewable energy (42), LEED certified projects (31), and Green jobs potential (34).

To see the entire list, scores, and realated staistics, read Green Cities, Pittsburgh Business Times, March 11, 2010.

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