Yale Environment 360 features a piece on why New York City is greener than Vermont, which was recently ranked as the greenest place in the U.S. by Forbes magazine.   David Owen, writer for the New Yorker, argues that Forbes got it wrong, and that New York City is in fact a greener location.

Owen writes that the efficiencies created by population density make New York the most ecologically-friendly place to live.   Of course, many New Yorkers do not own or drive cars, relying instead on public transit.  He argues that smaller living quarters discourage consumption of consumer goods.  Dense urban living also reduces potential impacts on land; if the city’s residents were spread out at the population density of Vermont, they would occupy all the land in New England plus four mid-Atlantic states.