San Francisco’s environmental efforts are paying off better than all other major metropolitan U.S. cities, according to a blog today from a climate change researcher.
Posting on the website Triple Pundit, Boyd Cohen, CEO of the Vancouver, Canada-based CO2 Impact and author of the book “Climate Capitalism,” said San Francisco ranked the most “climate-ready” large city in the country.
Cohen cited San Francisco’s political leadership, proactive university community, active clean-tech investment, and large number of LEED-certified green buildings.
San Francisco’s active political leadership immediately hailed the ranking.
“San Francisco is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, and to preparing for the inevitable effects of climate change,” Environment Department Director Melanie Nutter said in a statement. “It’s great to get recognition for the good work San Franciscans have done.”
Nutter added that The City still has much work to do in achieving its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels, including reducing dependence on fossil fuels and powering the whole city with 100-percent renewable electricity.