The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its annual City Energy Efficiency Scorecard Report. Ranking 51 large U.S. cities, the report shows what each one is doing in five key areas of energy efficiency:
- Local government operations
- Community-wide initiatives
- Buildings policies
- Energy and water utilities
The report breaks down the rankings and achievements of each city—for example, in the summary of our USGBC headquarters city, Washington, D.C.—giving cities an independent view of where they lie on the spectrum, highlighting best practices and invoking friendly competition, all aimed at improving city-led energy efficiency.
Each year, ACEEE revises the categories and scoring to reflect new information. This year, the “local government operations” included a point incorporating LEED and Energy Star standards. Cities could earn up to 1 point for policies encouraging energy efficiency in public building construction and in procurement of equipment and supplies.
ACEEE awarded 0.5 points to cities with green building requirements for new public buildings—for example, if a city requires municipal buildings to exceed the citywide energy code or meet LEED Silver or above certification. ACEEE cited the update to LEED v4 as well as studies showing that LEED-certified buildings consume less energy than their traditional counterparts.
Click on your city from their main report page to learn more about its initiatives and energy performance.