Doug Bedell — February 26, 2008, 11:29 am

Barriers for ‘Green Cities’

If you’re considering adding a vehicle access control barrier, you might be interested to know how your city ranks on Popular Science magazine’s list of the “50 Greenest American Cities.” Why? Because if your city is differentiating itself partly on the basis of environmental values, that’s added reason to consider the landscape-friendly benefits of PRO Barrier Engineering’s barriers, especially the Arrestor and Lightfoot. They can be finished to match any building surface.

Popular Science’s 10 “greenest” cities are: Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Oakland, CA; Eugene, OR; Cambridge, MA; Berkeley, CA; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Austin, TX

And the critieria for making the “green cities” list are:

Electricity (10 points): Drawing energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power, as well as for offering incentives for residents to invest in their own power sources, like roof-mounted solar panels. Transportation (10 points): High scores go to cities whose commuters take public transportation or carpool. Air quality also plays a role.
Green living (5 points): Cities earn points for the number of buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as for devoting area to green space, such as public parks and nature preserves. Recycling and green perspective (5 points): This measures how comprehensive a city’s recycling program is (if the city collects old electronics, for example) and how important its citizens consider environmental issues.

We’re indebted to The Dirt, the blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects, for calling our attention to the Popular Science list.

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