How environmentally-friendly is Nashville?

By Rachel Rowney on 2nd Oct 2019

In terms of its environmental footprint and ‘eco-consciousness’, Nashville has been poorly ranked by WalletHub in a project that studied cities across the United States. Nashville was ranked 70th out of 100 cities that were included.

To determine the cities promoting an environmentally friendly lifestyle, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 26 key “green” indicators. Their research ranged from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to the number of smart-energy policies and initiatives to green job opportunities. In particular, Nashville was 88th in the list when it came to ‘lowest bike score’, an indication of the availability of bike lanes for bicycles, not scooters! Memphis was 96th on the list.

But things may be looking up if we can believe the promises of the newly elected Nashville Mayor John Copper who said in one of his first public statements that he “reiterated his campaign’s pledge to make Nashville a sustainable city for everyone to live.”

According to website WalletHub, “And a majority of Americans think the government is currently doing too little to improve water and air quality (69% and 64%, respectively). The Trump administration has recently changed standards for the coal industry, rolling back regulations on coal plant emissions. On the other hand, while many people expected solar power to struggle under new tariffs aimed at goods manufactured abroad, one of the largest solar power companies recently received an exemption.”

The top five cities include San Diego, San Francisco, Irvine and San Jose in California, and Washington D.C. The state of California has long been renowned for its forward-thinking approach to the environment, something that Nashville and its residents should take note of.

For easy tips of how to reduce your carbon footprint, click here.

 

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