Greenest American Cities

first_imgPortland (Oregon), Seattle, and San Francisco often top “greenest city” lists, but others, like Honolulu, by virtue of its large number of homes utilizing solar power, and New York, with more than double the amount of public transit ridership per capita than any other U.S. city, also place high. Pictured: Biking to work in San Francisco. Credit: iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: Which are the greenest American cities, and why?        — D. Hansen, Wichita, KSWhich American city is the greenest depends on who you ask. Every year dozens of publications and websites release their own assessments of which cities have the most environmentally conscious citizenry, the highest percentage of recycling or the lowest carbon footprint per capita. Portland, Oregon, Seattle and San Francisco are often top contenders, but some of the other leading choices may be a surprise.The Daily Beast based a recent round-up of greenest U.S. cities on data collected by market research firm Experian Simmons, which has been tracking the greening of the nation for half a century. Researchers polled thousands of Americans to find out what percentage in different geographic regions think and act in an eco-conscious way versus what percentage do not, as well as what percentage make a conscious effort to recycle. The company also tracked the number of public transit trips per capita and the percentage of households that use solar heating by region. Honolulu, most likely by virtue of the fact that one percent of homes there utilize solar power, came out on top. New York, with more than double the amount of public transit ridership per capita than any other U.S. city, is #2, followed by San Francisco, Seattle and Boston.Meanwhile, the website Ecosalon looked at similar types of data and drew different conclusions, finding San Francisco to be the greenest. Ecosalon was especially impressed by San Franciscans routinely voting for aggressive green programs (like banning plastic grocery bags and financing renewable energy sources for public facilities) and by the fact that the city diverts 70 percent of its waste, thanks to mandatory recycling and composting. To top it off, nearly half of all San Franciscans bike, walk or take public transit every day—and the city is on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below 1990 levels this year. Ecosalon ranks Portland, Oregon second, followed by Seattle, Chicago and New York.In another ranking, Canadian research company Corporate Knights granted Portland, San Francisco and Seattle a three-way tie for America’s greenest city. Denver ranked #4 while Albuquerque, Charlotte (NC) and Oakland tied at fifth. “Unlike other city-sustainability rankings, this ranking focuses on the effort cities are making rather than on their results, which could take years to achieve,” reported Kent Portney, a Tufts University researcher who participated in the project. “In other words, this ranking is aspirational in nature.” He says that each city was awarded a point for undertaking one of 38 programs or policies listed by Corporate Knights, in categories such as smart growth, land-use planning, pollution prevention, etc.And in yet another recent round-up, Mother Nature Network (MNN) declared Portland, Oregon—where 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes and legions of supporters of local and sustainable food sources rule—the nation’s greenest city. San Francisco, Boston, Oakland and Eugene (OR) round out MNN’s top five.Regardless of which city is “greenest,” all U.S. cities are greening up every day because planners now realize the economic advantages of using less energy, recycling more and keeping air and water clean. We can all help by supporting municipal energy savings, recycling and composting programs and community enhancement efforts. Who knows: If you keep it up, maybe your city will top one of next year’s lists.CONTACTS: The Daily Beast, www.thedailybeast.com; Ecosalon, www.ecosalon.com; Corporate Knights, www.corporateknights.com; Mother Nature Network, www.mnn.com.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Asian Games: Junna Tsukii delivers karate bronze for PH

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Tsukii pushed the Philippines’ medal haul to 15, three of which are golds.Earlier, Cherry May Regalado also bagged bronze in women’s single pencak silat a day after the Philippines struck double gold in women’s golfFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz delivered the first gold before Yuka Saso’s dramatic finish in women’s individual golf led to a couple more.Tsukii’s win also came just hours after the Philippine men’s basketball team bowed out of medal contention following a loss to rival South Korea in the knockout quarterfinals. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Photo from Junna Tsukii’s Facebook account.The Philippines chalked up its second bronze medal of the day in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Monday.Junna Tsukii won the country’s 12th bronze medal after topping Paweena Raksachart of Thailand, 4-1, in women’s karate.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Esports into Asian Games; Could the Olympics be next? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

WIN TWO SETS OF FAMILY TICKETS TO SEE ‘TRACTOR TED’ AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS

first_imgECLIPSE CINEMAS: TRACTOR TED will only be on for TWO days – Sat 20th and Sun 21st @ 12noon – tickets €1.80/£1.50However, management are giving YOU the chance to win FREE tickets by answering the following simple question.Question: Name the TRACTOR that will be shown on the BIG SCREEN on 20th & 21st June? Prize: TWO sets of family tickets to see TRACTOR TEDEmail answer to: [email protected] will be chosen on Thursday 18th June.WIN TWO SETS OF FAMILY TICKETS TO SEE ‘TRACTOR TED’ AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more