By Denver Business Journal

Site Selection magazine places the Denver-Aurora area at No. 3 on its first-ever list of the nation's top sustainable metro areas.

The ranking is aimed at green-minded businesses that might be shopping for a new home.

The magazine ranks the San Francisco Bay area as No. 1 for sustainability, followed by the Portland, Ore., area and Denver.

Site Selection based its sustainability rankings on each metro area's number of "green" industry projects as tracked by the Conway Data New Plant Database in 2008, 2009 and early 2010; the number and per-capita rate of "Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design," or LEED, certified projects, signifying energy-efficient building design; and the local level of incentives for green projects, among other factors.

Colorado does not appear on a separate list of the 10 best states for sustainability, which is led by California, Washington and Oregon. A list of the top sustainable nations is led by Canada, Brazil and China; the U.S. does not appear.

Click here for Site Selection's full report.


SUSTAINABLE COLORADO: The DBJ's special report looks at how Colorado businesses are making a success out of going green.

Copyright 2010 American City Business Journals

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