Monday, July 03, 2006

Sustainability and Ohio Cities

A recent, nation-wide study ranked Cleveland 28th and Columbus 50th out of the 50 largest U.S. cities on sustainability. The study, completed by SustainLane, a media and research organization based in San Francisco, ranked cities based on 15 criteria, including public transit, city parks, planning, farmers markets, and air and water quality.

The study highlighted Cleveland’s well-developed public transportation and revitalization and historic preservation efforts as important assets to sustainability. Also, Cleveland was the least traffic-congested city in the study.

However, Cleveland ranked below average in air quality, tap water quality, parks, and local food and agriculture. The city’s tap water was found to have 19 contaminants, with four over recommended EPA levels.

The study credits the City of Cleveland’s “Sustainability Program” and suggests that to complement historic downtown redevelopment, Cleveland should encourage the development of more parks, farmers markets, and clean technology. Since the study has been done, Cleveland has added another farmers market.



  1. I would't argue about Cleveland's overall ranking in the middle, but probably would have given it better grades on water (reusing from the great lakes instead of aquifer - and fairly high quality compared to others I have tasted) and parks (probably only looked at the city parks and not Cuyahoga County). Maybe worse grades on congestion (having commuted to down town) - but then I guess not the horror stories of some other large cities. I tried to check on their site for more info, but it was limited.

  2. This site is one of the best I have ever seen, wish I had one like this.