2015’s Greenest Cities in America

WalletHub

October 14, 2015

By Richie Bernardo

... To find the cities that most encourage an environmentally friendly lifestyle, WalletHub analysts compared 100 U.S. cities across 13 key metrics. Our data set ranges from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to the number of smart-energy policies and initiatives. ...

...Ask the Experts

Environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges of our time. For additional insight, we asked a panel of experts to share their advice on the ways and benefits of reducing our carbon footprint.

Benoit Cushman-Roisin

Professor of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design in the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Benoit Cushman-Roisin

Should cities invest in going green? What are the benefits?

Cities and municipalities are no exceptions. They should invest in going green as much as individuals, corporations, and governments at state and federal levels. Aside from the attraction of being green (which will last only until all are green!), cities and municipalities can reap the following benefits:

What policies or investments offer the biggest bang for the buck?

Reduction is the place to begin because of the money immediately saved by not spending for the inefficient extra. Examples: Switch to LED lighting, start using programmable thermostats in public buildings, put variable frequency drives on major air conditioning and ventilation equipment in public buildings.

Next to the biggest bang for the buck: revitalize the downtown area and promote pedestrian traffic.

What are some easy ways individuals can go green without much cost or effort?

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