October has been known as National Energy Awareness Month ever since President George H.W. Bush declared it so in 1991.
To celebrate, a national survey looked at the 100 largest cities in the United States to determine which ones had the “greenest” lifestyle. Seven of the top 10 cities are in California, and Sacramento is among them.
With a score of 66.29, WalletHub ranked the capital city seventh overall on its list. Sacramento is fifth in California, trailing San Francisco, the survey’s top overall city at 74.24, San Diego, Fremont and San Jose. Also in the top 10 are Irvine and Oakland.
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Honolulu, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore., are the cities outside of California included in the overall top 10.
The survey compares four key dimensions: environment, transportation, energy sources, and lifestyle and policy. To determine those dimensions, analysts evaluated 22 indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability. Some categories include greenhouse-gas emissions per capita, miles of bicycle lanes and average commute time by automobile.
Sacramento ranked high in numerous categories, including No. 1 overall in water quality, presence of bike-sharing programs and community garden plots per 100,000 residents. The city’s worst ranking was on the median air-quality index, placing 81st.
WalletHub is a national site that specializes in credit reports. Its analysts used data from several sources – including the U.S. Census Bureau, Environmental Protection Agency, Walk Score and U.S. Energy Information Administration – to compile the rankings.