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Green Cities: We're #13!

It's a good thing the Phillies are trouncing Boston so far on the field, because they're way ahead of us in green-itude, according to a new list from Siemens, an international engineering firm that traffics widely in sustainable technology.

Green Cities: We're #13!

It's a good thing the Phillies are trouncing Boston so far on the field, because they're way ahead of us in green-itude, according to a new list from Siemens, an international engineering firm that traffics widely in sustainable technology.

On the list released today, Siemens USA ranked San Francisco as the Greenest City in North America (a title our mayor vows that Philadelphia will grab by 2015), with New York, Seattle, Denver and Boston rounding out the top five. Philly ranks 13th, well behind LA and Chicago, but way ahead of Pittsburgh and, um, Detroit.

Still, as there are 27 cities on the list - and only 27 - a good glass-is-more-than-half-full perspective is that there are more cities below Philly on the green list than there are above us. And of course, like an Academy Award nomination, it's an honor just to make the list.

Explaining the categorization, Siemens says: "The nine categories are based on 31 individual indicators — 16 of which are quantitative (e.g. consumption of water and electricity per capita, recycling rate, and use of public transportation) and 15 qualitative (e.g. CO2 reduction targets, efficiency standards and incentives for buildings, and environmental governance).  A key element of the study is the comparability of the results from each city — within the individual categories and in the overall evaluation.  The study also includes in-depth city portraits that reveal the strengths and weaknesses of each urban center, while also highlighting initiatives and projects from which other cities can learn"

From the looks of it, Siemens failed to take into account in its calculations all the gaily-colored Big Belly trash cans on South Street, which I encountered for the first time yesterday. OK, those might not have bumped us up to number one, but at least we might have beat Boston.

In the meantime... GO PHILLIES!

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Becky Batcha stays tuned for the here-and-now practical side of conservation, alternative energy, organic foods, etc. - stuff you can do at home now. Plus odds and ends.


Laurie Conrad recycles from her ever-growing e-mailbag to pass along the latest travel deals, fashion statements, household strategies, gadgets, cool local events and other nuggets of interest to those who appreciate a clean, green world.


Vance Lehmkuhl looks at topics like eco-conscious eating, public transportation and fuel-efficient driving from his perspective as a vegetarian, a daily SEPTA bus rider and a hybrid driver, as well as noting the occasional wacky trend or product. Contact Vance with your 'green' news.


Ronnie Polaneczky sees the green movement through the eyes of her 12-year-old daughter, who calls her on every scrap of paper or glass bottle that Ronnie neglects to toss into the house recycling bins. Ronnie will blog about new or unexpected ways to go green. She also blogs at So, What Happened Was...


Sandra Shea and the DN editorial board opine on any green-related legislation or policy. And we'll pass along some of the opeds on the subject that people send us.


Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.


Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.


In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
  • Dispatch #2: Dumpster Divers in City Hall (Art in City Hall series)
  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
  • Dispatch #4: Dumpster Divers award winners announced
  • Dispatch #5: From sweaters to colorful cuddling
  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man





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