San Jose leads the way
Four of California’s metropolitan areas rank within the top 20 of America’s cleanest largest large cities, according to a recent study by “Reader’s Digest” based on an analysis of air and water pollution, toxic emissions, hazardous waste and sanitation within the 50 most populous areas of the US., the report lists San Jose as the second cleanest city in the nation, preceded by Portland, Ore., at number one. Other metropolitan areas in California ranked in the top 20 cleanest cities are:
- San Jose (1)
- San Francisco (5)
- San Diego (10)
- Sacramento (12)
- Riverside and Los Angeles fell outside of the top 20 (listed at 24 and 42, respectively)
Local Regulations Get the Credit
The report credits California’s strict air-quality regulations as a key reason both San Jose and San Francisco are among the top five cleanest cities. Environmentally conscious citizens, special water treatments and efforts to promote clean-air vehicles also played a part in helping both cities overcome previous environmental challenges.
In the near future, we will be able to see not just which cities are the cleanest, with the least pollution, but which neighborhoods fall into these categories as well. A fascinating new effort is pairing google street view vehicles, the same cars which help map your city streets and neighborhoods today, with research quality air samplers. This effort is allowing researchers to create highly accurate, ‘hyper-local’ maps of air quality and air pollution right down to the block level. I look forward to telling you more about this in the future.
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