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San Francisco tops list of US cities with most eco-friendly services

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San Francisco has long been a pioneer in urban environmentalism, including being the first American city to ban single-use plastic bags. A new survey finds that the city by the Bay is the country’s most environmentally friendly location — literally.

As reported by Treehugger, website rated America’s largest cities in terms of the “highest per-capita prevalence of eco-friendly services,” ranging from green architects to housecleaners who only use biodegradable, non-chemical cleaning agents. When the dust cleared, the top three spots were all in the Bay area: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

“These rankings match up well with other city rankings for sustainability. Nine of the top ten cities on our list are also cited by the National Resources Defense Council as examples of smarter cities,” said the report, which is not without a sense of humor.

“Having seen 'Portlandia' (and assuming that it is factually accurate in every meaningful way), we were surprised to find that Oregon’s progressive mecca came in only 13th overall,” reads the website. “Either this ster-eco-type is misplaced, or now is a great time to open a chemical-free carpet cleaning business in Portland. We’re betting on the latter.”

The full Top 10 list:

1. San Francisco, CA

2. Oakland, CA

3. San Jose, CA

4. Las Vegas, NV                            

5. Raleigh, NC

6. Columbus, OH

7. Seattle, WA

8. Kansas City, MO

9. Denver, CO

10. San Diego, CA

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