05 Jul '11, 1pm

Vancouver is pretty green… but one city is greener... @kaid_at_nrdc takes a look.

Vancouver is pretty green… but one city is greener... @kaid_at_nrdc takes a look.

For this category, there are five equally weighted factors. Three are quantitative: share of workers traveling to work by transit, bicycle, or walking; public transport supply, measured by miles of transit network per square mile of area; and average commute time (and this is considered “green” because . . . ?). Two were qualitatively evaluated by the experts: how extensively the city promotes public transportation and low-carbon travel; and assessment of a city’s efforts to reduce congestion. Assuming the report is referring to motor vehicle congestion, I fail to see what that has to do with the environment (other than contributing somewhat to air pollution, which has its own category separate from transport). I would replace one of those two questionable categories with street connectivity (measured by intersections per square mile), which we know from research is closel...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/green_cities_...

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