In their article “The 20 cities of 2020” Stefan Linssen and Christopher Sindik present a method for evaluating the cities taking sustainability to the next level and creating specific plans that will have them improve their overall status as a Global Sustainability Center by the year 2020.

While the article mentions the variety of factors that were considered, it is not clear what the evaluation methodology or how the scores were assigned, but there are plenty of notes about the various initiatives underway to make these cities worthy of their inclusion in this ranking.

Here is the list of the top 10 as ranked by their average score in 2020.

  • London – 9.3
  • New York – 9.28
  • Singapore – 8.85
  • Toronto – 8.75
  • Melbourne – 8.51
  • Curitiba – 8.3
  • Abu Dhabi – 7.96
  • Frankfurt – 7.9
  • Hyderabad – 7.63
  • Cape Town – 7.2

With such favorable prospects on any one of these cities, it may be worth investing a little time scouting them to become more intimate with their rhythm of life.