Berkeley Named Green Leader By MATTHEW ARTZ

Friday June 03, 2005

When it comes to the environment, Berkeley has won the bronze medal. 

On Thursday, Berkeley was named the third most sustainable city in the country by SustainLane, a national organization dedicated to sustainable development and living. 

San Francisco and Portland finished ahead of Berkeley. Seattle finished fourth. 

Berkeley was praised for its work in transportation, planning and energy policy. 

SustainLane reported that Berkeley had more workers who either walk or bicycle to work than any city in their survey. The organization also praised Berkeley’s system of bicycle boulevards and its high number of green businesses.  

Mayor Tom Bates said he was honored by the distinction and that Berkeley would “continue to roll out the green carpet” to lure environmentally friendly companies. 

The award follows a non-partisan, peer-reviewed analysis of U.S. cities across 12 categories including transportation and land use.