No News is Bad News. Join the SA Current Press Club.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

How Does San Antonio Stack Up as a 'Green' City? Depends on How You Rank It

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM

click to enlarge CPS Energy has increasingly relied on green power sources, including this solar array in South San Antonio. - OCI SOLAR
  • OCI Solar
  • CPS Energy has increasingly relied on green power sources, including this solar array in South San Antonio.
San Antonio may not count among the greenest U.S. cities, but it fares better than most of its Texas neighbors, according to a new analysis.

The Alamo City landed a not-so-impressive 48th in a WalletHub report ranking the nation's 100 biggest cities on environmental friendliness. But our city was one of just three in Texas to crack the top half of the list. Austin ranked 20th and El Paso 40th.



Researchers for the financial site compared cities on 26 indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability, ranging from greenhouse gas emissions and smart energy policies to green job opportunities.

San Diego took No. 1 on the list, and five other California cities landed in the top 10. Baton Rouge, La., placed last.

San Antonio's energy utility has shifted to more renewable power sources, including solar, and the city's spent heartily to improve its lack of green space. Even so, urban sprawl proved its undoing on the list.

Like other Texas cities, S.A. lagged in categories such as bike friendliness and the percentage of commuters who drive. Also pulling weak numbers were "lifestyle" factors including its number of farmer's markets and community garden plots.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation