Coventry has become greener than ever by being awarded with 11th position in the nationwide environmental league table which ranks the country’s largest 20 cities, after being in 14th position.
In almost all of the categories in which Forum for the Future, a sustainable development charity, ranks the cities improvement, Coventry came out on top. The largest 20 cities are ranked against 13 indicators which are based upon environmental performance, the quality of life, and planning for the future of that city. Each of the cities progresses are tracked by the Forum for the Future every year, and it shows that Coventry’s progress is top-notch after moving from 17th position in 2007, and then to 14th in 2008.
The environmental performance of the city came in equal 5th position due to its outstanding and strong performance in combatting it’s ecological footprint, as well as it’s biodiversity which showed that 49 percent of sites from previous planning had undergone conservation in the last 5 years.
However the best improvements were seen in the categories; ‘quality of life’ and ‘preparation for the future.’ It’s improvements were based on the advanced accessibility of public services such as schools and GP’s under the ‘quality of life category’ and Coventry became 10th position in ‘preparation for the future, after being at 16th position in 2007.
Councillor Nigel Lee, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Housing and Sustainability, said:
“I’m very pleased that Coventry has continued to improve its sustainability performance against the other major cities in Britain whilst recognising that we still have a long way to go.
“It’s critical that Coventry is seen as a sustainable place to live, work and invest so that we can both raise the quality of life for residents and attract new businesses to transform the city.”