A report release by NerdWallet has ranked Orlando as a great place to live if you desire an environmentally sensitive lifestyle. The consumer advocacy website based their analysis of the nation’s 150 largest cities on following criteria:
- Median air quality index
- Percentage of workers who carpool, bike, walk or use public transit to commute to work
- Percentage of occupied buildings with 10 or more residents
- Residential buildings with a primary heat source of solar per 10,000 buildings, moving more homes off the grid.
- Residential buildings with a primary heat source of coal or wood per 10,000 buildings, which pollutes the environment.
This is the list of the top 10 greenest cities in America:
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Washington, D.C.
- Arlington, Va.
- San Francisco
- New York City
- Jersey City, N.J.
Orlando’s recent addition of commuter trains and downtown bike share programs continue to contribute to our Green initiatives.
Here is a link to the article by Megan Ribbens on the Orlando Business journal:
And a link to the detailed report on the NerdWallet website:
In related news, a local developer is planning an “Agri-Hood” a mixed use development near UCF with 2,900 homes planned around a 9 acre working farm, 11 acres of community gardens, as well as equestrian center ponds, bike and foot paths. Here is a link to the article by Anjali Fluker in the Orlando Business Journal: