Carpooling and healthy air quality is what makes Miami one of the greenest cities in America, according to a survey from consumer advocacy site NerdWallet.
Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Hialeah were the three South Florida cities that made the Top 15 list based mostly on its air quality and its penchant for carpooling. That shouldn’t be a surprise for everyone trying to make their to work via Interstate 95.
What South Florida did lack was the use of public transportation, which less than 12 percent of commuters use. For instance, in Miami, only 11 percent of residents commute via public transit, one of the lowest public transportation figures among
NerdWallet’s Top 10.
To pick the top cities in the nation, NerdWallet took a look at the following:
• 2014 Media Air Quality Index.
• Percentage of workers who carpool, bike, take public transit or
walk to work.
• Percentage of occupied buildings with 10 or more residences.
• The number of residential buildings with a primary heat source of solar, coal or wood per 10,000 buildings.