Washington, D.C. has taken the third spot among America’s 50 most populous cities, after San Diego and Las Vegas, which ranked first and second, on the Greenest U.S. Cities list released by High Rises.
The study evaluated the top 50 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) across six sustainability metrics in order to discover the greenest cities of the nation.
With the score of 459.16 on the Green City Index, the District of Columbia received A. In the city, only 66.04 percent of commuters drive alone, while the carbon footprint per capita is 23.5.
A total of 21 percent of the city land was used for parks and recreation in D.C. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installed per capita is 91.7 and the population density (people per square mile) is 11,158.
Another striking data mentioned in the report relating to D.C. is that renewable energy production is 100 percent.
Based on this information, D.C. is among the top five cities for commuters who don’t drive to work alone (third spot) and the top five cities for park spaces (third spot).
“With a low carbon footprint, a solid, executed commitment to solar energy, and a low number of lone commuting drivers, “America’s Finest City” has topped the list of the most environmentally friendly cities in the USA!” the report said about San Diego that ranked number one.