In an effort to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, Vancouver seems to be headed in the right direction according to a new analysis that evaluates green canopy.
According to Treepedia, a project based out of MIT and in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, Vancouver holds the highest Green View Index compared to other major cities across the world with 25.9%.
The Green View Index (GVI) was calculated using Google Street View (GSV) panoramas. This method considers the obstruction of tree canopies and classifies the images accordingly.
By using GSV as opposed to satellite imagery, the GVI represents human perception of the environment from the street level as opposed to a “bird’s eye view”.
The program then compares the percentage of canopy cover calculated with other cities around the globe.
Ironically, The City of Vancouver’s own bird’s eye view calculates its tree canopy at 18%.
Right behind Vancouver is Sacramento (23.6%), Geneva (21.4%) Seattle (20%) and Toronto (19.5%).
New York (13.5%) and Paris (8.8%) graded the lowest among the cities ranked.
The City of Vancouver has planted 47,000 trees since 2010, and plans to increase that number by planting 150,000 trees by 2020.