Earth Day: Congrats, Now Do More!
(image from GOOD.is)
There we are, Phoenix. Number 12 on the survey for Least Wasteful Cities.
Not too bad. Let’s see some of the details:
Ranked 12th in the nation as America’s Least Wasteful City
Ranked 20th in 2009
Phoenix’s high rankings:
- 5th Never driving their car for trips that are less than one mile from home
- 7th Participating in their city’s sustainability/environmental programs
- 7th Turning off the water when brushing their teeth
Phoenix’s low rankings:
- 23rd Shutting the lights off when not in the room
- 23rd Hanging their clothes out to dry when possible
- 24th Buying locally grown/produced foods
So oddly we’re good at walking for short trips, which I’d expect us to be awful at because of the heat, and we’re awful at hanging clothes to dry, even though it only takes 0.8342 seconds to dry off here.
But here’s the part I loved best:
Efforts/Decisions to more environmentally friendly
- 84 percent recycle
- 78 percent use energy efficient bulbs
- 75 percent shop locally
Hooray for shopping local!
So we moved up from 20th to 12th in one year. No reason we cannot crack the top 10 next year.
To learn more about Phoenix’s environmental and sustainability efforts, visit http://phoenix.gov/greenphoenix/index.html