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 ANCHORAGE SECOND GREENEST IN US 

  

4/22/2014
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

Contact: Bryce Hyslip
Phone: 907-793-7206 
E-mail: bthyslip@muni.org  

ANCHORAGE NAMED SECOND GREENEST CITY IN THE NATION

Consumer advocacy website NerdWallet recently conducted a study to find the greenest cities in America – and Anchorage is in the top 10.

For Earth Day 2014, NerdWallet wanted to shed light on the places in the U.S. with the highest levels of green living. The greenest cities in the country were determined based on the following variables:

·         Median Air Quality Index

·         Parks per 10,000 residents

·         Gallons of excess fuel consumed per commuter

·         Percentage of people who work from home, or walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation to work

Anchorage was determined to be the second greenest city in the nation. The city has 7.8 parks per 10,000 residents and a median Air Quality Index of 29, which means that air pollution poses little or no threat. Anchorage is also home to green-minded commuters: 27.3% of the city’s residents either work from home, or walk, bike, carpool, or take public transit to work.

Mayor Dan Sullivan said, “It’s great to see the efforts of the city and its residents being recognized as we work together to ensure Anchorage is a healthy environment now and in the future.”

“Anchorage is a great place for people who care about green living and love the environment,” said NerdWallet analyst Sreekar Jasthi. “The city’s residents enjoy remarkable air quality — the median AQI of 29 is one of the lowest in the country. Anchorage also boasts nearly 11,000 acres of parkland, including more than 200 parks and 250 miles of trails.”

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