The first ever Sustainable Cities Index has come out, and quite a few Canadian names have made it on there! Released by the Canadian company Corporate Knights, the list looks at a variety of factors to see which cities are leading the charge in the whole environmentally-friendly scenario.
To create the list, the company looked at a wide variety of factors. These range from the classics like emissions per capita to water access to even a city’s ‘climate change resilience’. These were then weighted together, to create a letter score for each city included.
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How sustainable is your city? This morning we launch our inaugural Sustainable Cities Index, an outcome-based ranking of 50 global cities. Find the cities’ report cards here: https://t.co/LZ2CIyuyuN
— Corporate Knights (@corporateknight) June 15, 2022
Here are all the indicators they looked at:
- Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions per capita (occurs within city boundaries)
- Consumption-based emissions per capita
- Air quality
- Open public space
- Water access
- Water consumption
- Vehicle dependency
- Road infrastructure efficiency
- Sustainable transport
- Solid waste generated
- Climate change resilience
- Sustainable policies
So, going off of that, these are the Canadian cities to make the most sustainable list:
- Vancouver (Global Rank – 8)
- Toronto (Global Rank – 9)
- Ottawa (Global Rank – 11)
- Halifax (Global Rank – 18)
- Montreal (Global Rank – 20)
- Edmonton (Global Rank – 21)
- Calgary (Global Rank – 22)
So yeah, pretty much all of the country’s major cities (minus Winnipeg) got on there! There’s obviously some disparity in the breakdown, but none of the cities listed has lower than a “B” grade overall, so that’s not so bad!
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