Chicago is the No. 9 greenest city in the U.S., according to a new study from insurance company battleface.
The travel insurance provider reviewed “cities of all sizes and in regions across the nation” to determine the 50 greenest communities in the U.S. It measured cities in five categories: Sustainable transportation options, access to parks and greenspace, carbon emissions, electric vehicle infrastructure and vegan friendliness.
Chicago was No. 6 for carbon emissions, No. 7 for public transportation and No. 12 for vegan options. Its ranking for electric vehicles and greenspace were not as high, but still a respectable 22 and 28, respectively.
“The midwestern metropolis has made big strides, managing to expand its public transportation system while still cutting its carbon emissions in the process,” the report said. “Furthermore, Chicago has long been a leader in energy efficiency when it comes to building and construction.”
The top 10 cities in the overall rankings are, in order: Washington, D.C.; New York City; Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Boston; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Chicago and Denver.
Washington, D.C., was No. 1 for both emissions and public transportation. Albuquerque, N.M., was tops for greenspace. Miami led the way in vegan options. San Francisco was best for electric vehicle infrastructure.