In honor of October being National Energy Awareness Month, WalletHub, a personal finance website, just released its report on 2018's Greenest Cities in America.
To determine which cities promote a “green” lifestyle, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 26 key indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability. The data set ranges from greenhouse gas emissions per capita to green job opportunities per capita to number of smart energy policies and initiatives.
In order to determine the greenest cities in America, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities across four key dimensions:
- Energy Sources
- Lifestyle & Policy
“Although recycling is vital to the sustainability efforts of each city, the types and sizes of recycling facilities vary widely by city,” according to WalletHub. “We, therefore, were unable to include—due to the lack of comparable city-level data—metrics that either measure the availability of recycling programs or the amount of waste recycled in each city.”