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Sustainability Analysis of 16 Metropolitan Cities

A group of 4 GLCM members worked very closely under the guidance of Dr. Odeh to deliver a comprehensive study focused on analyzing several 16 major cities across North America on their steps taken towards sustainability. The team began researching with the aim of developing a sustainability ranking model that analyzes those selected cities on specific parameters and there existing ranking models. Multiple ranking models were used as tools to quantify the sustainability measures taken by each city. City-specific ranking comparisons were conducted to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and scope of each city. Factors like Policy implementation and enforcement and public engagement were all considered during the study. The findings from this research were presented with 16 infographics (please see an example below) and 16 sustainability reports. The team also studied as well as integrated several ranking methodologies found in the literature. The most sustainable cities were concluded to be the ones that consistently rank high on multiple important parameters against other cities. The cities covered in this study were: Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington DC.

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Vikas Bansal
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Luis Carlos Jesurum
Ulkar Guliyeva
Lyuchen Zhou
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