In honor of Earth Dayâ€”which was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelsonâ€”the Daily Beast ranked the greenest cities in the U.S. Can you guess who won? A hint: there are lots of surfers there.
Since Earth Day began as an American event, The Daily Beast wondered how green Americaâ€™s cities are during the rest of the year, with data from market research firm Experian Simmonsâ€”which has tracked the greening of America for half a decadeâ€”among other sources.
To find Americaâ€™s greenest cities, we weighed the following data:
*The percentage of people who think and act in an eco-conscious way
*The percentage of people who do not think and act in an eco-conscious way and may have a negative attitude toward environmental issues
*The percentage of people who make a conscious effort to recycle
*The number of public-transportation trips per capita for the fourth quarter of 2011, as recorded by the American Public Transportation Association
*The percent of households that that use solar heating, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
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