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Madison tops list of greenest cities

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison earns high praise from financial advice company NerdWallet for being green.

The company ranked the greenest cities in America in advance of Earth Day 2014 and Madison topped the list.

The 95 largest cities in the nation were ranked based on Air Quality Index, number of parks per 10,000 residents, amount of fuel wasted due to congestion and percentage of population that cimmutes via environmentally-friendly options.

This is the NerdWallet's explanation for the ranking: Madison earns the distinction of being the greenest city in the U.S., partly due to the fact that the city is literally “green” — its 12.7 parks per 10,000 residents is the highest mark of all cities in the country. The Madison area is home to over 15,000 acres of lakes and more than 200 miles of biking and hiking trails. In fact, the city boasts more bikes than cars, which no doubt contributes to the area’s great air quality.

Anchorage, Alaska; Corpus Christi, Texas; Rochester, N.Y.; and Greensboro, N.C. round out the top five.

The Earth Day Network has recently focused its efforts on helping cities around the world build towards a cleaner and greener environment through its Green Cities campaign. Earth Day 2014 is next Tuesday April 22.

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