Nalgene, the water bottle company, conducted a study of people in America’s 25 largest cities to determine which cities were least wasteful.  They questioned 3,750 people in America’s about their transportation use, waste, sustainability efforts, shopping habits, and reuse of items.  Nalgene weighted the results to give preference to behaviors with an immediate and significant impact like driving less, recycling more, and reducing trash. The survey’s index is based on a scoring system with a potential individual high score of 1930 and a low individual score of 193.  San Fransisco came out on top and Altanta ended up on the bottom.

See the top 10 cities below.
1     San Francisco, CA
2     New York City, NY
3     Portland, OR
4     Seattle, WA
5     Los Angeles, CA
6     Denver, CO
7     Minneapolis, MN
8     Washington, D.C.
9     Boston, MA
10     Philadelphia, PA

View the full list of The Top 25 Least Wasteful Cities at Fast Company

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.

  • Marissa

    Thats awsm! I’m moving to Frisco next month.

    • Tracey de Morsella

      Hey Marissa:

      Good Luck with move. Great Town.