Portland, Oregon named "Most sustainable city"

Portland will be recognized as the county’s most sustainable city in a brief ceremony today that will help kick off the Energy Trust Better Living Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show at the Portland Expo Center.

James Elsen, CEO of SustainLane Media, will present the award to Portland Mayor Sam Adams at 12:30 p.m. SustainLane, the largest online site dedicated to sustainable living. Portland has earned the site’s top award since it began ranking the 50 largest U.S. cities in 2005.

Admission to the Better Living show is free. The show includes displays, a green jobs fair, workshops and kids’ events, and runs through Sunday.

SustainLane bases its rankings on 16 economic, environmental and green and clean technology categories. Surveys look at healthy air, drinking water, parks and public transit systems. A sustainable economy — green building, farmers markets, use of renewable energy and alternative fuels — is considered, as well.

Portland was rated first in four categories — green building, green economy, city innovations and knowledge base.

"Building on our 30-year legacy of smart urban growth and planning, we have become the living laboratory for clean technology, advanced manufacturing and sustainable policy and practices," Adams said in a statement.

The West Coast was well-represented in the rankings, with No. 2 San Francisco and No. 3 Seattle.

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