December 29, 2016

Do you live in one of Australias most liveable cities?

The Australian Conservation Foundation set out to find which of the 20 largest cities is the greenest in Australia.  They have now released their Sustainable Cities Index so keep reading to find out who won!Now before I reveal the results, let’s all just admit we love every part of Australia and it is fantastic that so many cities rank so well! Yay!

The ACF’s Sustainable Cities index sets out to

…provides a snapshot of comparative performance in each of Australia’s 20 largest cities, with the aim of encouraging healthy competition, stimulating discussion and suggesting new ways of thinking about our cities.

A rigorous compilation, assessment and independent review process established 15 indicators across three broad ’baskets’:

  • Environmental Performance indicators: Air Quality, Biodiversity, Ecological Footprint, Green Building and Water.
  • Quality of Life indicators: Density, Employment, Health, Subjective Wellbeing and Transport
  • Resilience indicators: Climate Change, Education, Food Production, Household Repayments and Public Participation

The cities were ranked in order of comparative performance from 1 (most sustainable)
to 20 (least sustainable) across each indicator, with the total

So without further ado <insert a drum roll here…>

The winner is Darwin! Congratulations!

Here is a run down of the list.

1st: Darwin
2nd: Sunshine Coast
3rd: Brisbane
4th: Townsville
5th: Canberra-Queanbeyan
6th: Hobart
7th: Melbourne
8th: Gold Coast-Tweed
9th: Cairns
10th: Bendigo
11th: Toowoomba
12th: Sydney
13th: Launceston
14th: Adelaide (equal 14th)
14th: Ballarat (equal 14th)
15th: Albury-Wodonga Wollongong
16th: Wollongong
17th: Newcastle
18th: Geelong
19th: Perth

There is a simple visual Comparative Table (PDF) or the more detailed Sustainable Cities Index Report (PDF.)

via: Treehugger & Australian Conservation Foundation

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