Vancouver Named Greenest City In Canada

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VANCOUVER— Thanks to the efforts of its activist mayor Gregor Robertson, Vancouver ranks among the greenest of them all when it comes to environmental performance, placing first in Canada and second overall in an assessment of North American cities.

The coastal city placed behind San Francisco and ahead of New York City in the U.S. and Canada Green City Index released Thursday, reported Canadian Press.

The index measures and rates the environmental performance of 27 cities on both sides of the border in nine categories: CO2, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air and environmental governance.

Sponsored by Siemens, the index is a project run by the Economist Intelligence Unit, an in-house research unit of the British magazine The Economist. Cities were selected independently rather than through requests from city governments to be included.

A panel of global experts in urban environmental sustainability advised the unit in developing methodology for the index.

The EIU was also behind a survey released last month which saw Vancouver knocked off its perch as the world’s most livable city, falling to third place behind Melbourne and Vienna.

Among the remaining Canadian cities on the green index, Toronto placed ninth overall, Ottawa was 12th, Calgary 14th and Montreal 19th.