San Franciscans Are the Greenest

By Jesssica Greene
|  Friday, Apr 23, 2010  |  Updated 1:15 PM PDT
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Hard work to make San Francisco a leader in the environmental movement has earned the City top honors.

The Nielson Company named San Francisco the number one city in the U.S. for green energy programs. A survey of more than 30,000 people found that SF-area residents are the most likely to participate in environmentally-friendly programs.

To commemorate Earth Day, The Nielsen Company studied the top 10 DMA markets most likely to participate in renewable energy programs derived from natural resources such as the sun, the wind, water, geothermal and biomass. These are abundant in supply and do no harm to the environment. Companies and consumers are looking at these energy alternatives to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure a sustainable energy future.

The top ranking should come as no surprise. San Francisco has one of the most ambitious and inclusive renewable energy missions. The City's Environment Commission has set up numerous programs aimed at creating clean energy and promoting a green lifestyle for residents and businesses.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's efforts to make the City environmentally-friendly has earned him the title of Best Green Mayor from the Web site TreeHugger for two years in a row. But Newsom's mission to help save the environment reaches beyond the City's borders. It's now a big part of his campaign for lieutenant governor.

The Green Utility Energy Programs survey ranked Los Angeles second, despite its smog, and San Diego fifth. Houston, TX came in dead last in the top 10 list.

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