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

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“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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