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These Are The 10 Most Sustainable Cities In The United States

By Nicole Caldwell

When it comes to sustainability, the United States is absolutely moving in the right direction. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released a report ranking the progress of countries that adopted Agenda 2030, a document outlining 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reach by 2030. While the United States came in at 42nd place among the countries signed up to participate, individual cities are already putting energy into moving in a more sustainable direction.

Agenda 2030’s SDGs are far-reaching, from eradicating hunger and fostering peace to limiting gender disparities and strengthening scientific innovation. The pledge is based on the idea that sustainability requires peace, responsible land stewardship, and dynamic economies rooted in innovation and alternative energies. Here are the top 10. (For a full breakdown of the statistics for each goal, click here.)

10. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon-Washington

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This metro area came in with a score of 53.14, representing less than half its SDG goals. Notable upticks are present when it comes to clean water and sanitation (90.04) and clean, green energy (91.88).

9. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts-New Hampshire

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Beantown and its surrounds got high marks for Bostonian health and well-being (72.01), but overall scored only 53.88.

8. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

The Oxnard-metro region has done very well increasing food access and reducing hunger (62.66), but fell short with just a 53.98 score.