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Which Cities Are the Greenest?

Which Cities Are the Greenest? | green streets | Scoop.it

Was your city ranked as one of the greenest in the United States and Canada?

Around the world, cities are embracing this challenge with strategies from implementing bike shares and aiming for zero waste to creating buildings that generate their own energy. Last year, the international group C40 Cities, a network of the world’s largest cities working to address climate change, partnered with Siemens for the first city climate leadership awards, which recognized 10 cities for green achievement in 10 different categories.

The leadership awards are open to the C40 cities and the cities mentioned in Siemens Green City Index, which ranks cities globally on their efforts to go green and identifies challenges particular to different areas of the world.

More information and details at the link.

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America's Most Bikeable Neighborhoods

America's Most Bikeable Neighborhoods | green streets | Scoop.it

'In honor of Bike to Work Day, we pulled together a list of America's most bike-friendly neighborhoods.'

The neighborhood rankings below are based on the latest neighborhood-level data provided to us by Walk Score (Walk Score measures walkability, Bike Score measures bikeability).


Bike Score places neighborhoods and cities into four categories based on a 100-point score (ranked on bike lanes, hills, destinations and road connectivity, and bike commuting mode share): Biker's Paradise (90-10), Very Bikeable (70-89), Bikeable (50-69), and Somewhat Bikeable (0-49). The data here cover more than 7,000 neighborhoods across the United States and the table at the article link shows America's 25 most bikeable neighborhoods.

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Jim Gramata's curator insight, May 20, 2013 2:37 PM

Bike the Drive this weekend in Chicago!

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the 10 Best Cities for People without Cars

the 10 Best Cities for People without Cars | green streets | Scoop.it

Whether you’re a nervous driver or a staunch supporter of mass transit to reduce your carbon footprint, relying solely upon public transportation will require you to live in a city with a suitable public transportation system in place.

According to aupairjobs.com, the 10 U.S. cities at the article link have the best mass transit systems in place and are most well-suited to traveling sans car:


New York 

San Francisco

Boston

Washington, DC

Philadelphia

Chicago

Seattle 

Miami 

Baltimore

Portland


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bancoideas's curator insight, March 8, 2013 10:11 AM

las 10 mejores ciudades para la gente sin auto, podrían ser simplementa las 10 mejores ciudades para vivir

Samantha Melvin's curator insight, October 12, 2013 4:44 PM

How do people use systems in their every day lives?

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What Exactly Is A Smart City?

What Exactly Is A Smart City? | green streets | Scoop.it

It's possible that the smart-cities movement is being held back by a lack of clarity and consensus around what a smart city is and what the components of a smart city actually are.

'While some people continue to take a narrow view of smart cities by seeing them as places that make better use of information and communication technology (ICT), the cities I work with (and most of the participants in the #smartchat, a monthly Twitterchat about smart cities held on the first Wednesday of each month) all view smart cities as a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local economy...


Later this year, they annual rankings of smart cities will be published, and they've been determined by a new rubric for smart cities, 'the Smart Cities Wheel.'

Smart cities are not one size fits all. Yet, the smart-cities movement could benefit from frameworks like the Smart Cities Wheel that allow a common language to develop amongst citizens, city staff, mayors, and the private sector...

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Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary all rank in top five on list of world’s most liveable cities

Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary all rank in top five on list of world’s most liveable cities | green streets | Scoop.it
Three Canadian cities have again cracked the top five on a ranking of the world’s most liveable places. In the latest report from the Economist Int (#Vancouver is #3 on the 2012 Most Livable Cities in the World!

 

In the latest report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver ranked third, followed by Toronto and Calgary in fourth and fifth respectively. The Canadian cities were bested only by Vienna in second and Melbourne, which topped The Economist’s Liveability Ranking.

The annual survey of 140 cities uses more than 30 factors to gauge the state of healthcare, education, infrastructure, stability, culture and environment — rendering a score out of 100.

Vancouver lost marks only for petty crime rates, availability of quality housing and congested road networks, with report authors citing a series of infrastructure projects such as the new Evergreen transit line “that will no doubt have a long-term benefit, but in the short-term they can be disruptive.”

 

The results vary little from the last ranking released six months ago, with Vancouver maintaining the third spot after slipping from first place in 2011.

Most of the top-tier countries are separated by fractions of a percentage — the first-ranked Melbourne is scored 97.5, only 1.8 points higher than 10th-place Auckland, N.Z. The Economist Information Unit uses the ranking to provide suggestions on how businesses should compensate employees working abroad in cities “where living conditions are particularly difficult.”

It’s one of several studies of its kind, but economic development experts in the listed Canadian cities say The Economist report’s catering to business communities could lead to tangible benefits...

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The Future Metropolis Index: U.S. Cities With The Best Urban Policies

The Future Metropolis Index: U.S. Cities With The Best Urban Policies | green streets | Scoop.it
Co.ExistThe Future Metropolis Index: U.S. Cities With The Best Urban PoliciesCo.ExistA new study breaks down the different factors that make a city liveable (innovation, sustainability, safety). Where did your city rank?

 

Want to live in a city that’s innovative, sustainable, vibrant, efficient, and eminently livable? Move to San Francisco. That’s the conclusion of the Future Metropolis Index, a study commissioned by Zipcar that examines the 36 largest cities in the country through the five dimensions listed above...

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The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet

The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet | green streets | Scoop.it
Crunching a list of variables about innovation and sustainability, we rank the world's smartest cities, from New York to Hong Kong (and with an unexpected winner).

The term "smart cities" is a bit ambiguous. Some people choose a narrow definition--i.e. cities that use information and communication technologies to deliver services to their citizens. I prefer a broader definition: Smart cities use information and communication technologies (ICT) to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint--all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy...

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Model urban developments

Model urban developments | green streets | Scoop.it
From the planning laws of ancient Rome to the overhaul of a smog-filled city, here are some examples of design excellence around the world...

Nestling between the Rocky mountains and the Canadian prairies, Calgary's green crown did not come easy. The 1.1 million-strong city, home to the majority of Canada's oil and gas corporations, suffers from regular smog and struggles to hit its greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Yet a series of innovative environmental initiatives have improved the lives of its citizens and led to it being ranked as the world's top eco-city in the Quality of Living survey 2010 by human resources corporation Mercer. Calgary scored highly due to its excellent water quality and availability, waste removal systems, sewage systems and low levels of air pollution and traffic congestion...

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The 10 most polluted cities in the U.S.

The 10 most polluted cities in the U.S. | green streets | Scoop.it

Despite improvements in air quality, four in 10 Americans still live where pollution levels are often dangerous to breathe.


There is no doubt that great strides have been made in air pollution in the U.S. Awareness, stricter legislation and improved technology have all contributed to improved air, land and water conditions. Despite the improvements, four in 10 Americans still live where pollution levels are often dangerous to breathe.

Since the American Lung Association began studying particle pollution, almost all of the most polluted cities have consistently remained among the worst. The ALA’s 2013 “State of the Air” report measures cities based on low-lying ozone pollution, as well as both short- and long-term particle pollution. Based on average long-term particle pollution figures collected between 2009 and 2011, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 most polluted cities in the country...

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America's Best Performing Cities

America's Best Performing Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Ideas, talent, skills, and density remain key contributors to the growth of America's metros.


Why do some cites and metros grow faster and better than others? It's a subject of considerable debate. Some say growth is a product of innovation and productivity  and others counter that growth is powered more by resources, home-building and extractive industries. Sometimes debates like these need a referee.

That's where a new report on America's "Best-Performing Cities" released this year by the Milken Institute comes in. The Institute's "Best-Performing Cities index" is a comprehensive and objective metric of metro economic performance and represents an outcomes-based accounting of short and long-term changes in economic output, high-tech industry, jobs, and wages.


Read the complete article for details on the rankings for large metros. Four of the top five metros are noted high-tech knowledge economy centers. San Jose tops the list, high-tech hot spots Austin takes second and Raleigh third, and Washington, D.C., comes in fifth place...

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The Top 10 Most Livable Cities of 2012

The Top 10 Most Livable Cities of 2012 | green streets | Scoop.it
The Quality of Living Survey is conducted annually by Mercer to help multinational companies and organizations fairly compensate their employees when assigning them to international placements.
This year, the company evaluated the local living conditions of more than 460 cities worldwide, and the survey was based on 39 factors, divided into 10 categories: Political and social environment, economic environment, socio-cultural environment, medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transportation, recreation, consumer goods, housing, and natural environment.

According to the list, European cities still make up the top of the crop this year, seizing eight out of the top ten slots. Among them, Switzerland and Germany proved best-performing, with three cities in the top ten.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Auckland retains its position as the highest-ranking city when it comes to quality of living. China had three cities edged into the top 100 list, with Hong Kong performing best at the 70th place, Taipei ranked 85th, and Shanghai at the 95th spot...
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Where Are the World's Most Livable Cities?

Where Are the World's Most Livable Cities? | green streets | Scoop.it
The US has some beautiful places, but if you want to root yourself in the world’s most livable city, you’ll need to head Down Under because Melbourne, Australia has again been ranked at the top of the list.

The annual Livability Ranking and Overview assessed living conditions in 140 cities around the world, taking into account 30 factors in five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Each city was then given a score of 0-100, and Melbourne — with a score of 97.5 — reigned supreme for the second year in a row, earning perfect scores for infrastructure, healthcare and education. The Australian cities of Adelaide, Sydney and Perth also made the top 10.In fact, of the 10 most livable cities, seven were in Australia and Canada. Our neighbors to the north who live in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary inhabit cities that scored between 97.3 and 96.6 in the review.

But what about the US? Honolulu was the highest-ranked American city on the list, and it came at number 26. Counting the Hawaiian paradise, only nine US cities scored above 90 — the others were Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Boston and Seattle...

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Top 10 best and worst cities to live | SmartPlanet

Top 10 best and worst cities to live | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it
A new ranking measures city characteristics like sprawl, green space, and pollution to determine livability.

The Economist Intelligence Unit — the city rankings specialists — has a new list claiming the best cities to live. And they have an interesting new livability metrics to judge the world’s cities.

The rankings combined EIU’s popular “Liveability Index” with a new measure that focuses on spatial characteristics. The “Spatially Adjusted Livability Index” takes into account seven characteristics:

 

-Sprawl: using the ”estimated relation between the metropolitan region’s surface and its total population, the overall coherence of the metropolitan form and an estimate of the extent of low density urban fabric.”

-Green space: based on ”the distribution of green spaces within the metropolitan region, the number of local green spaces and the number of metropolitan scale green spaces.”

-Natural assets: using “Google Earth satellite imagery and information from Open Street Map to assign points to cities based on the natural features” and the number of protected areas around a city center.

-Cultural assets: counting the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the vicinity of the cities.

-Connectivity: calculating how many cities can be reached by plane from a city and the average number of flights from that city.

-Isolation: based on the number of large cities near a city.

-Pollution: using World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Air Pollution in Cities database to calculate air quality with a concentration of particulate matter of over 10 micrometres...

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Top 10 U.S. cities for biking and walking | SmartPlanet

Top 10 U.S. cities for biking and walking | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it

Cities are taking steps to make biking and walking a more viable transportation option — from new bike share programs to complete streets infrastructure. Which cities are seeing their investments payoff with more commuters getting to work on bike and foot?

A new report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking analyzes bike and pedestrian data from the largest 51 cities in the U.S. and ranks them based percentage of bike/pedestrian commuters. The report also looks at the safety, economic benefits, and funding levels for bike and pedestrian infrastructure...

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Top 5 smart growth projects in the U.S.

Top 5 smart growth projects in the U.S. | green streets | Scoop.it
Where can you find the most innovative smart growth projects in America?

They’re in places like New Mexico and South Dakota, and they’re transforming their communities.

For the tenth year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Achievement Awards has highlighted the most innovative approaches that communities are using to “strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment.”

Here’s EPA’s choices this year for the top 5 smart growth projects in the U.S. (in no particular order).

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The Top 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities According to the 2011 Copenhagenize Index

The Top 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities According to the 2011 Copenhagenize Index | green streets | Scoop.it
A very comprehensive ranking of cities around the world based on many criteria that matter to cyclists. How does your city rank? Does it make the cut?

Copenhagenize Consulting has just released a very cool index of the most bicycle-friendly cities around the world, ranking the top 20 based on a pretty exhaustive list of criteria. Despite having the word "Copenhagen" in its name, the overall winner for 2011 is Amsterdam with 54 out of 64 possible points (one of its bike parkings is pictured).

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