Sustainable Urban America

The U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals Index 2017 is out. 1

What’s that, you ask? Well, let’s cut to the document’s abstract:

America is the world’s richest large economy, with the world’s leading technologies and institutions of higher learning. Yet, the United States of America (U.S.) is falling behind other countries on a range of indicators relating to quality-of-life, economic opportunity, and environmental management. Nowhere is this problem more apparent than in American cities, which are home to 62.7 percent of the domestic population. The Sustainable Development Goals, universally adopted by the world’s governments in 2015, aim to set a framework for action on sustainable development. The U.S. Cities SDG Index aims to help urban leaders address the many sustainable development challenges affecting their cities.

Below is a sample of their findings:

Final Results

Kansas City gets called out a few times – good news, (mostly) ‘meh’ to bad news:

  • Goal 13, which is measured by carbon emissions per capita, is one of the worst scoring goals for all city regions in the Index. Particularly poor performers are concentrated in the Midwestern Region of the U.S., in cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Memphis.
  • Goal 7, Kansas City ranks 6th in the Affordable Clean Energy index
  • Goal 8, Kansas City also ranks 6th in the Decent Work & Economic Growth index

The complete findings for Kansas City by index: 2

But, hey! Looks like city hall will continue to ram a street car down our throats, our wishes be damned. 3

That should count for something…

Sustainable Urban America

Show 3 footnotes

  1. You can download it here.
  2. No, we don’t know why Goal 8 isn’t green.
  3. A city-wide light-rail system would make sense, but nooooooo, we have to have a streetcar.