Portland tops another 'greenest' list

Portland ended up again on the top of a green cities list — though it shares the honor with Seattle and San Francisco — this time ranked by its policies.

Portland ended up again on the top of a green cities list — though it shares the honor with Seattle and San Francisco — this time ranked by its policies. 

Portland ended up at the top of another "greenest cities" list this month, by virtue of the placement of the letter "P" in the alphabet, being named in a three-way tie with Seattle and San Francisco for first place.

The ranking by Corporate Knights, a Canadian research and media company covering what officials there call "clean capitalism," worked with Tufts University Professor Kent E. Portney to determine which American cities had the most supportive policies for sustainability.

In all, researchers identified 38 policies and programs including brownfield development, bicycle and recycling programs, comprehensive city plans and the like.

Portland, Seattle and San Francisco all scored 35 out of 38 to top this list.

Corporate Knights also singled out America's top 10 green mayors including Portland's Mayor Sam Adams. The mayors of Seattle and San Francisco didn't make the cut.

Rounding out the top of the list were No. 4 Denver, followed by Albuquerque, N.M, Charlotte, N.C. and Oakland, Calif., which tied for fifth place. Five cities — Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Sacramento, Calif. — tied for No. 8.

Based on an email from Portney, Huffington Post Green points out that this green ranking is aspirational in nature, more about the effort that cities are putting behind sustainability than what things look like at street level. Portlanders might quibble.

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