Tuesday, April 13, 2010

And the 18th greenest city in the Northwest is...

Posted on Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 4:11 PM

click to enlarge vancouver.jpg

Vancouver, B.C. [Flickr photo: D'Arcy Norman]

Northwest enviro-news site Sightline stirred up some controversy on Sunday in a story titled, "And the Second Greenest City Is..." in which it didn't even bother to explain why it had named Vancouver, B.C., the greenest city in the Northwest (isn't it obvious?) but proceeded to explain why second place went to [drum roll] ... Seattle.%uFFFD

Seattle? Not hippie-loving, hipster-infested, bikeable, walkable, railable Portland?

The story used five different criteria for greenness, finding that the Emerald City trumps Portland when it comes to health, economy, energy and sprawl, and the two tie when it comes to green population. The latter takes into account average family size, seeing in it a reflection of women's equality and slow population increase.

That's indicative of the kind of relative hair-splitting that shows up throughout the article (and often tends to make the environmentally conscious look like out-of-touch, neurotics), but the story raises some interesting points.

It also fails to mention Spokane anywhere. Any guesses as to where the Lilac City falls in the rankings?


  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Yule Sing Your Eye Out!

Yule Sing Your Eye Out! @ Garland Theater

Sat., Dec. 20, 5 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Top Topics in Bloglander

News (162)


For Fun! (69)


Music (48)


Culture (46)


Sports (21)


© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation