Chalk one up for Portland in its rivalry with the big brother up north — the Rose City is “greener” than Seattle, according to a new study.
The Washington D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked the top 34 most-populated cities in the U.S. by their policies and strategies in place to promote energy efficiency.
Boston took the top spot and was followed by Portland. San Francisco and New York were tied for third, with Seattle in fifth and Austin in sixth.
The study scored each city on five weighted categories: buildings policies, transportation policies, energy and water utilities, local government operations and community-wide initiatives.
Seattle ranked first for its buildings policies — it is, after all, home to earth’s greenest building — while Portland topped the list for the city’s transportation initiatives, which isn’t surprising given the new public transit mobile ticketing movement in PDX.