Minneapolis Ranked Among the 10 Greenest Cities

The city scored well in the land use, water, and waste categories.

Minneapolis placed 10th among the most sustainable cities in U.S. and Canada, according to a study released Thursday.

The survey-dubbed the Green City Index-assesses 27 of the most populous cities in the two countries on environmental performance and policies across nine categories: CO2 emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transport, water, waste, air quality, and environmental governance.

Minneapolis scored high in land use, water consumption, and policies on water quality. The city's waste-recycling methods and waste-reduction policies also fared well.

“Our commitment to sustainability guides all of our work, and it shows,” Mayor R.T. Rybak said in a news release.

San Francisco grabbed the mantle of the greenest city, followed by Vancouver, New York, Seattle, Denver, and Boston.

The study was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research arm of the Economist, and sponsored by Siemens.