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01/22/2008

EarthLab Releases List of Top Green U.S. Cities for 2007

 

KIRKLAND, WA /PRNewswire/ - The EarthLab Foundation, (www.earthlab.com), recently announced its 2007 list of the Top 10 Green Cities in the United States, according to information contributed directly from EarthLab members around the country.

Chicago tops the list followed by New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Rounding out EarthLab's Top 10 Green Cities List are Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and Portland.

The data compiled is based on a sampling of 1,062,197 U.S. residents who have used EarthLab's leading Carbon & Lifestyle Calculator (ECP) to begin the journey of embedding green in their lives. The EarthLab ECP factors in an individual's residence, energy consumption, personal transportation and commute habits, travel schedule, work, recycling and lifestyle habits to establish one's carbon footprint. The ECP is unique in that it is the only calculator available that allows consumers to save their results upon completion of the three minute test. It then allows the user to make energy saving pledges over time and track the reduction in their footprint.

 TOP 10 GREEN CITIES

 ECP SCORE 

 CARBON OUTPUT
(Tons of CO2 Annually)

 1   CHICAGO, IL 

262

 8.14

 2   NEW YORK, NY 

264 

 8.34

 3   BOSTON, MA 

265

 8.57

 4   LOS ANGELES, CA

271

 8.76

 5   PHILADELPHIA, PA

274

 8.82

 6   MINNEAPOLIS, MN

279

 8.96

 7   SAN FRANCISCO, CA

282

 9.07

 8   SEATTLE, WA

283

 9.18

 9   AUSTIN, TX

288 

 9.24

10  PORTLAND, OR

289 

 9.39

 * NATIONAL AVERAGE

**Based on a sampling of 1,062,197 U.S. residents

325 

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"It is exciting to see that our members, city by city, state by state, mobilize to take the initiative, embrace change and commit to making a difference in the world they live in," states Anna Rising, executive director of the EarthLab Foundation. "The message is loud and clear. The greening of America is upon us, whether your score is 250 or 400, taking the first step of raising your personal awareness by taking the ECP test is the key-the key to a heightened awareness allowing individuals to then make educated, personal choices based on factoring in their environmental impact."

EarthLab gained notoriety this past summer as the featured calculator for Live Earth, SOS, and has since been featured in association with Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary The 11th Hour, 2007 Prime Time Emmy awards and the Alliance for Climate Protection led by its chairman, Al Gore.

The EarthLab.com community features world-class chef and restaurateur Mario Batali and provides a practical guide to green living through community interaction, exclusive climate crisis news, advice from experts and key analysis, in addition to offering the ECP, the most widely used carbon index and lifestyle calculator in the world.

About EarthLab.com - The EarthLab Foundation
EarthLab is the leading climate crisis community and multi-platform media brand that provides a practical guide to green living through community interaction, exclusive climate crisis news, advice from experts and key analysis, in addition to offering the most widely used carbon index and lifestyle calculator in the world.

EarthLab's free personalized Earth Conservation Plan (ECP) Carbon and Lifestyle Calculator is a unique three-minute survey that generates scores, which members can save and track over time. The creation of this private strategy focused on environmentally friendly options gives EarthLab's million-plus members an opportunity to educate and activate themselves while embedding a green approach in their lives.

To date EarthLab has forged partnerships with the Alliance for Climate Protection, chaired by Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore, Live Earth/SOS, The Primetime Emmy's, Participate.net, Dell Inc.-Dell Earth, world-class chef, restaurateur and author Mario Batali, and Terremark Worldwide Inc.

The EarthLab Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Kirkland, WA. The EarthLab Foundation also provides functional outreach and reverse research and educational efforts in part through EarthLab.com, (www.earthlab.com), capable of providing unsurpassed real-time data collection from consumers worldwide.

Source: EarthLab (www.earthlab.com)

For additional information, contact Dan Lee of EarthLab: dlee@webershandwick.com.