3 Bay Area cities ranked among greenest in U.S. — and one aims to keep improving


“According to WalletHub, nine of the 10 greenest cities overall are in the West. The Bay Area is well represented, with San Francisco at No. 2, San Jose at No. 5 and Fremont at No. 7, not to mention Oakland just missing the cut at No. 11.

Topping the overall list is San Diego; two other California cities also made the list — Irvine is No. 4, and Sacramento rates No. 9.

Honolulu, Seattle and Portland, Ore., come in at Nos. 6, 8 and 10, respectively. Washington, D.C., the sole Eastern outlier, ranked No. 3.

The list’s rankings are based on “26 key indicators of envirognmental friendliness and sustainability” and “ranges from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to green job opportunities per capita to number of smart-energy policies and initiatives.” Some of the indicators include transportation, lifestyle and policy, energy sources and environment.”

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