St. Paul and Mpls both make top 10 of "Greenest Cities" list

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St. Paul ranks just ahead of Minneapolis in NerdWallet's list of the "Greenest Cities in America," but both cities crack the top 10.

The list ranks the county's 95 largest cities using an algorithm that accounts for the median Air Quality Index, number of parks per 10,000 residents, the percentage of commuters not using cars, and wasted fuel as a result of traffic congestion. St. Paul clocks in 8th, Minneapolis 10th.

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According to the study, St. Paul gets the upper hand over Minneapolis because the capital city has significantly more parks per 10,000 residents -- 6.5 compared to 4.7 in the City of Lakes. That disparity more than makes up for the fact that more Minneapolitans walk, bike, carpool, or take public transit to work by a nearly 10 percent margin (37.4 percent compared to 28.3 percent in St. Paul).

Here's the rest of the top 10:

1. Madison
2. Anchorage
3. Corpus Cristi
4. Rochester, NY
5. Greensboro
6. Buffalo
7. Cincinnati
8. St. Paul
9. New Orleans
10. Minneapolis

Asked for her reaction to getting edged out by St. Paul, Kate Brickman, spokeswoman for Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, wasn't bitter about it.

"Environmental and sustainability issues are really important to Mayor Hodges, so we are proud to see both cities in the top 10!" she tells us.

Bob Moffitt, director of media relations for the American Lung Association in Minnesota, adds, "We're pleased by the Twin Cities high rankings, but not surprised."

"Any city that uses biodiesel in its snowplows or installs solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations in its parks is doing something right," Moffitt says. "Both our geography and our climate help to reduce air pollution in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, even as the number of people living in the Twin Cities has increased."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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32 comments
Cal NotPorn McCaskill
Cal NotPorn McCaskill

What happened to having really toxic air a couple weeks ago? Are you just making this shit up now to justify it still having winter warnings in the middle of april?

Sally Proshek Power
Sally Proshek Power

I do believe that the throws alone disqualify New Orleans from the list, festive as Mardi gras is...

Toni MacTavish
Toni MacTavish

How about Madison being # 1, I think that's a whole lot better...

John Bunch
John Bunch

If hobo piss doesn't count as pollution.

John Bunch
John Bunch

Cool. Meanwhile, Houston and Dallas, not so green cities, created vastly more jobs.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

The qualifications for being "green" is a joke. Look it up.

Josh Prigge
Josh Prigge

It's great that Minneapolis and St. Paul are on a Green City list, but this list has no merit whatsoever. San Francisco is definitely one of the greenest, if not the greenest, cities in the country, and they didn't even make the top ten? San Francisco just banned the sale of bottled water in public areas across the city, and they have already banned the use of plastic bags in grocery stores. The Twin Cities are making great strides, but large, forward-thinking policies are still needed to address important environmental issues. Never heard of NerdWallet before, and they are definitely off the mark on this one.

Andy Pavlik
Andy Pavlik

Not looking very green in this picture, though...

robert.moffitt
robert.moffitt

If anyone is interested, Minneapolis is the city using biodiesel in its snowplows (and fire engines, etc.) and the solar-powered electric vehicle charging station can be found in Como Park in Saint Paul. There is another one at Rice & University, near the Capitol.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

I'm so glad we get to hear from the fat and stupid on every story.  

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

Hey dumb dumb, how many times do you have to be told to cite a reference? Otherwise it's just more blathering from a poorly informed nitwit.

robert.moffitt
robert.moffitt

@mingtran When looking at tailpipe emissions, they are cleaner. The EPA and US Department of Energy says so. And so do I.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@ChazDanger you are inferior on this blog. you should be pinning about homemade doll clothes for pugs, not trolling here.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@ChazDanger  You're not making any sense. You don't even know what it is you think I'm wrong about anymore. At least Drewey knows when to shut up when he's been proven wrong.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@mingtran @ChazDanger@MicheleBachmannWhat a troll.  Trying to make people mad isn't going to work, you are so wrong in all your accusations that you no longer hold any credibility.  You should try going to 4chan instead.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@ChazDanger @mingtran  ming won't cite anything because he is making it up.   Ming is so dumb he doesn't realize people of normal intelligence see right through him.  The pathetic thing is he is so dumb he thinks his make up crap and then insult strategy is actually working to change minds.  


mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@ChazDanger I'm starting to think you've never been outside. For one, my source is in front of your face. Two, you still think your handle and pic are cool. 

See, you're so inferior that you make yourself look stupid in every response. Usually it takes another to refute someone, yet you refute yourself, ha! Priceless. You and MB are easily the dumbest, most made fun of on here.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@mingtran Do you have a source?  Of Course you don't!  You never have and never will back up any claims you have.  I'm starting to think you have never been outside.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann like all Hillary Clinton loving ignorant bigots, you have a hard time with facts.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Drewey  Like all Ron Paul loving fake Libertarians ming is one of the stupidest people on the planet.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann apparently i do know more about econ than Krugman and more about emissions than the EPA. Why is everything so hard for you?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@robert.moffitt   Don't you know anything about ming?  Despite being an ex con pizza delivery boy he knows more about economics than Paul Krugman and he knows more about emissions than the EPA.   Everyone listen to ming.  He's only a complete fucking idiot that is wrong about everything.  



mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@cruhland  you don't know anything about Fat Bob Moffitt, apparently. He is a militant anti-smoking crusader that will stop at nothing to deprive adults of a simple pleasure, all under the guise of public health. Yet, he's a fat guy that eats like shit. If a guy is a fascist "health crusader", you would think they'd be healthy, no?

cruhland
cruhland

Who says things like this? Why not be respectful?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@robert.moffitt that's because you only look at tail pipe emissions, you hack. Biofuels are just a way for Fat Bob Moffitt to get even fatter.

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