Seattle Places 6th for Lowest US Carbon Footprint

The Brookings Institute has issued a country-wide carbon analysis of the major metropolitan areas. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue placed 6th in the nation for lowest-impact on the environment. The Seattle PI explains:

Honolulu was ranked first, with the smallest average carbon footprint of any of the areas surveyed, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif. Portland, (combined with Vancouver, Wash., and Beaverton, Ore.,) came in third place, followed by New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island and then Boise-Nampa, Idaho.

The average Puget Sound area resident emitted 1.556 tons of carbon in 2005, compared with the national average of 2.24 tons. Most of this was owing to the residential energy score (second overall in the nation), thanks to hydroelectric power. Local carbon emissions from highway transportation decreased while the national average increased, but this region ranked just 27th in this category.

Screenshots from the Brookings Institute website:

Key points:
**The transportation portion of Seattle’s per capita footprint decreased 3.5 percent between 2000 and 2005, compared to an increase of 2.4 percent in the 100 largest metro areas.
**The average resident in metropolitan Seattle emitted 1,556 tons of carbon from highway transportation and residential energy in 2005 (rank 6th). This compares with 2.24 tons of carbon emitted by the average 100-metro resident and 2.60 tons of carbon emitted by the average American from transportation and residential energy.

3 Comments so far

  1. jessejb on May 29th, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

    Wow! I HAVE to go see this LA place that scored better than us. I bet is a green paradise!

  2. wesa on May 29th, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

    OH WOW I did not even notice that LA was placed above Seattle. Pfft. That’s it. I don’t believe a word of this stupid "survey".

  3. Mike (drgonzo) on May 29th, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    that’s a big pile of bullshit if I ever saw one…anyone else actually ever LIVED in LA?

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