A new list of America’s greenest cities includes Irvine in the top 5.
But then, Irvine has been green since before green was cool. Sixty years ago, the Irvine Master Plan envisioned a livable city of parks and open space connected by trails and bike paths.
As a result, Irvine is now recognized as one of America’s most environmentally friendly cities.
The master-planned city ranks No. 4 in the U.S. in the use of sustainable practices that improve the environment and public health, according to a national study by the personal finance website WalletHub.
The study ranks America’s top 100 cities based on 26 “green” indicators, including open space, bikeways and use of renewable energy.
Irvine tops Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle, among others.
LOCAL LEADERS IN SUSTAINABILITY
Paul Cook, general manager of Irvine Ranch Water District
“If Irvine looks greener and lusher than other communities, it’s because of our recycled water program.”
Bill Sellin, founder of the Bicycle Club of Irvine
“Cycling is a vital part of active transportation in Irvine — evident in the incredible network of bikeways.”
Matilde De Santiago, naturalist with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy
“Our open space rivals a national park. There is so much to do right in our own backyard.”
Rich Bluth, Irvine Company vice president of energy management
“We installed Tesla battery systems in 16 of our Irvine office buildings, creating the world’s first fleet of hybrid electric buildings.”