Trashing Texas: On the list of America's 25 Greenest Cities, Houston gets thrownaway
It's easy for everyone to be a green fiend on Earth Day. But now that the 24 most eco-hours have come and gone, it's time to find out who's the greenest of them all.
Ever the pioneers of list-making, the esteemed Daily Beast has culled a comprehensive catalog of America's 25 Greenest Cities. It includes some relatively predictable locations around the country, like San Francisco, Seattle and Albuquerque, N.M.
But with inclusions such as Las Vegas and Tucson, Ariz. — cities smack dab in the middle of the desert, the very existence of which wouldn't be possible without a tacit acquiescence that squandering resources is completely legit — we're obligated to call this compilation into question.
Oh, and did we mention that Houston didn't even break into the Beast's top 25?
We now give you full permission to peacefully protest with picket signs constructed from recycled materials.
In sussing out the greenest metropolises with 100,000 inhabitants or more, the Beast made determinations based on four areas of analysis: Whether residents truly thought and behaved green in their daily lives, how many residents recycle, the average weekday trips residents make on public transportation and the percentage of homes heated by solar energy.
In a fifth area, negative points were awarded to cities where people admitted that environmental issues weren't of any interest to them.
Taking all of the above into consideration, Houston got tossed to the curb, like, well, yesterday's trash. As did every major city in Texas, for that matter.
Oh dear. Where do we even begin? Sigh.
Being excluded feels a bit like a slap in the face (OK, so maybe just a swat on the arm, but still), considering the Bayou City was bumped from the list for the likes of notoriously earth-conscious cities like, um, New York and Lafayette, Ind.
We kid you not.
But you know what? No biggie. We're going to take the Beast's biased bulldozing with a grain of organic salt. Fast Company thinks our cowboy-culture-meets-urban-sophistication motif is most excellent, and we're only lovin' on our city more and more by the minute. There's nowhere else to go for Houston but green.