Where does Seattle land on list of greenest cities?

by Patrick Regan

Seattle is the No. 4 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. 

Seattle scored well across all five categories. It was No. 3 for electric vehicles, No. 5 for vegan options, No. 6 for public transportation, No. 10 for emissions and No. 19 for greenspace.

“The city is incentivizing both individuals and businesses to switch to electric vehicles, take up biking and rely on public transportation instead of cars,” the report said. “It’s also looking to take the bold step of forbidding cars from a major area of the city and (requiring) that all ride-hailing trips be electric and emissions free.”

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.

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