05 Jul '11, 10pm

A closer look at Siemens’ green cities rankings:

A closer look at Siemens’ green cities rankings:

The overall ratings are based on composite numerical scores derived from ratings for the separate categories of carbon dioxide, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air, and environmental governance. While Siemens deserves credit for taking on the issue of urban sustainability and studying some very important factors, one can already see some issues: Couldn't one say that CO2, energy, and buildings all look at the same thing, more or less? Where are health and fitness? Don't parks deserve their own category (instead of being lumped into land use)? Looking at a report where Charlotte ranks in the top 10 for land use while Pittsburgh is 19th, for example, makes one question the criteria.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-07-05-closer-look-at-sie...

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