Inaugural national sustainable urban transportation study ranks 27 cities; Victoria first and St. John's last in joint GreenApple Canada-UBC Sauder study



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - The first ever national ranking of
sustainable urban transportation practices has placed Victoria and Vancouver
first and second and St. John's, Newfoundland last in a study of 27 Canadian
metropolitan areas. Ottawa-Gatineau and Winnipeg rounded out the top placing
cities.
    The inaugural GreenApple Canada Smart Transportation Rankings were
announced today by the Appleton Foundation, in conjunction with the Sauder
School of Business at the University of British Columbia. The GreenApple
Canada Ranking Report addresses public interest in transportation policies
that can be taken by municipal governments to address climate change. The
GreenApple Canada Report hopes to assist governments in stimulating debate and
adopting best sustainable urban transportation practices. This is the first
sustainable urban transportation ranking done in Canada.
    "Urban governments have primary responsibility for making decisions about
transportation and urban planning, but they often lack the full resources to
meet these demands," said Barry Appleton, National Director of the GreenApple
program. "It is hard for cities to know how they are performing if they do not
know how they compare with others."
    The GreenApple Canada Report is the most comprehensive report of its
kind. The GreenApple Report secretariat spent more than 4000 hours completing
this comprehensive study. More than 2000 telephone calls were made so that the
report could provide primary data on policy indicators that were not
previously available such as the numbers of alternative fuel vehicles used in
municipal transit or taxi fleets, or the amount of carbon dioxide generated by
fuel emissions in each of the 27 Canadian municipal regions.
    In constructing the inaugural 2007 GreenApple Canada Ranking Report, 27
municipal regions across Canada were ranked on performance in four policy
categories:
    
      -  Transportation policy such as public transit infrastructure,
         expenditure and transit ridership;
      -  Air quality measures such as ozone and carbon dioxide emission
         levels;
      -  Public policies such as anti-idling laws and trip reduction
         programs; and
      -  Technology adaptation such as the total number of hybrid or
         alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the public transit and municipal
         fleets
    

    "Our business school is proud to be a partner in this groundbreaking
environmental transportation ranking," said Daniel F. Muzyka, Dean of the
Sauder School of Business at UBC. "It will help governments and other agencies
enhance environmental and public health benefits while accommodating the
economics of public transportation."

    
    GreenApple Canada Rankings

    1. Victoria            14. Kelowna
    2. Vancouver           16. Kitchener
    3. Ottawa-Gatineau     16. Calgary
    4. Winnipeg            18. Windsor
    5. Montreal            19. Edmonton
    5. Toronto             20. Saskatoon
    7. Sherbrooke          20. Regina
    7. Hamilton            20. Oshawa
    9. Quebec              23. St. Catharines-Niagara
    10. Kingston           24. Barrie
    11. Halifax            24. Moncton
    11. London             26. Greater Sudbury/Grand Sudbury
    13. Saguenay           27. St. John's
    14. Abbotsford
    

    The GreenApple Canada Report has received funding from the Appleton
Charitable Foundation. The Appleton Foundation was graciously supported by an
expert team based at the Sauder School of Business, which was also assisted by
other units at the University of British Columbia. Faculty members from UBC
have provided independent expert advice on design methodology, economics,
atmospheric science and urban transportation best practices.
    An interactive wiki site has been released in conjunction with the
GreenApple Canada Report. The report can be downloaded from the foundation
site (www.appletonfoundation.org) or from the wiki at
www.greenapple.wikispaces.org.

    About The GreenApple Program
    GreenApple is a project of the Toronto-based Appleton Charitable
Foundation (www.appletonfoundation.org). This Canadian Foundation was
established in 1998 with the objective of enhancing human health, education
and environmental sustainability. The GreenApple Project arose from a
collaboration with the New York City based Jack D. Hidary Foundation's
SmartTransportation.org project and is based on a commitment made by the
Appleton Foundation at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative.

    About The Sauder School of Business
    The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is
Canada's leading academic business school, recognized globally for its
contributions to the transformation of business practices through innovative
research and teaching. The school has over 28,000 alumni in 70 countries
around the world.





For further information:

For further information: Greg Descantes, greg@pacegroup.com, (604)
646-3564; Derek Moscato, UBC Sauder School of Business,
derek.moscato@sauder.ubc.ca, (604) 822-8345

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