Mercer survey ranks Minneapolis as sixth best eco-city in the world

Minneapolis is the sixth best eco-city in the world according to Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living Worldwide survey released May 26. In addition to its quality of living rankings, this year’s study included a survey of top eco-cities. To determine the rankings, Mercer looked at how cities optimized use of renewable energy sources and generated the lowest possible quantity of pollution (air, water, noise, etc). The study included 221 cities across the world.

The rankings identify the cities with the best eco-ranking based on water availability and drinkability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and traffic congestion. Mercer, a global Human Resource and related financial services company, identified these as pertinent issues for companies that send employees and their families on long-term assignments abroad.

Calgary topped Mercers eco-city index, followed by Honolulu in second place and Ottawa and Helsinki tied for third. Wellington (5), Minneapolis (6), Adelaide (7), Copenhagen (8), and Kobe, Oslo and Stockholm (tied at 9th) rounded out the top of the list.

Published May 26, 2010