Study finds Minneapolis is seventh least wasteful city in the nation

The City of Minneapolis has held its 2009 place as the seventh least wasteful city in America. The city was included in Nalgenes 2010 nationwide study that evaluated wasteful behaviors of those living in the nations 25 largest cities. "The Nalgene Least Wasteful City Study" surveyed these communities and ranked them on 23 wasteful or non-wasteful habits, from recycling to using public transportation to turning off the lights when leaving the room. The study surveyed a U.S. Census-based sample of approximately 150 respondents from each of the 25 largest cities in the U.S.

 Other facts about Minneapolis from this survey include:

The study gauged behavior on waste, sustainability efforts, shopping habits, transportation and reusing items. The results were weighted to give more credit to behaviors that had immediate and significant impact on the planet (such as driving less, recycling more and reducing trash) to small habits that are more indicative of a mindset and non-wasteful approach to life (reusing containers, limiting shower time or saving wrapping paper and ribbons). For tips on how to waste less and for complete rankings and results of the study, visit

Nationally, the survey reflects a similar gauge as last year’s survey. Americans prefer to participate in green practices when it is convenient and provides them with an opportunity to save money.

Minneapolis is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country, and the City has long been a leader in creating policies and practices that protect and enhance the environment and combat global climate change. Policies and practices include an ordinance that limits vehicle idling in Minneapolis, continuing efforts for City buildings and fleets to use more renewable energy, and major infrastructure and planning improvements that the City is making around better biking, walking and public transportation that allow our residents, workers and visitors to drive less. Visit the City's sustainability website to find out what else Minneapolis is doing to be green and some things you can do to help conserve energy, curb pollution and fight climate change.

Published Apr 15, 2010



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