Bradford scored highly in terms of its environmental footprint, but was let down by its quality of life and future outlook. Edinburgh, Bristol and Plymouth were other green high flyers with Liverpool, Birmingham and Hull shoring up the bottom end of the table.
The four cities from the Midlands included in the survey – Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester and Wolverhampton – all fell in the bottom third of the table.
All towns were marked across three key areas:
- the environmental impact of the city in terms of resource use and pollution.
- the quality of life for residents
- how well the city is preparing itself for a sustainable future.
The use of iconic architecture as a path to redevelop cities was criticised in the report.