In a study funded by the makers of Nalgene products, the habits of 3,750 individuals living in the top 25 largest U.S. cities were surveyed, finding that San Francisco is America’s least wasteful city. (Hooray!–Oakland wasn’t surveyed)
The study gauged behavior on waste, sustainability, shopping, transportation and more. The results were weighted to give more credit to behaviors that had immediate and significant impact on the planet (e.g., driving less, recycling or reducing trash) to small habits that are more indicative of a mindset and non-wasteful approach to life (e.g., reusing containers, limiting shower time or saving wrapping paper and ribbons).
The study shows that more and more people are readily embracing small, everyday habits to cut waste, but convenience is still trumping prudence when it comes to significant wasteful behavior including transportation and personal conservation efforts. (public transportation, composting, using a rain barrel and a clothesline, and avoiding using a car for trips under 2 miles)
I found this sortof amazing:
*60 percent of urban Americans that live in a city with public transportation and own a car, said they never use public transportation
*65 percent of urban Americans are planning to drive for trips that less than two miles from home rather than taking public transportation, biking and/or walking
*We’re still a car culture. 69 percent of those urban Americans surveyed do not plan on taking public transportation
And so you know:#2=NYC, #3=Portland, #25(last place)=Atlanta