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Three Texas cities head list of most environmentally vulnerable

Hazard analysis includes natural disasters and government response categories.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | August 17, 2021

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Three Texas cities lead YardiMatrix’s list of U.S. metro areas with the most environmental risk.

Houston, Austin, and Dallas all received low scores in the firm’s recent ESG report, in the categories of “natural disasters” and “government response.” The analysis included the February 2021 winter storms that claimed 150 lives statewide, and yielded power, food, and water shortages, affecting more than 4.5 million residents. Property damages exceeded $20 billion because of the freakish winter weather.

After the three Texas cities, Tampa and Los Angeles were next on the list of the riskiest U.S. metros. Four cities had the least environmental risk: Boston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Portland. The least risky cities were in states that are taking environmental risk seriously.

Concerns about financial firms’ ability to assess environmental risk has spawned a new industry of consultants that analyze environmental data examine the impact on markets and individual buildings. This field will acquire better data and metrics as it matures, the report says.

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