Boston Retains Top Spot on 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard
The 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, which ranks cities on more than 50 metrics, has again ranked Boston first, earning 77.5 out of a possible 100 points. It’s followed by San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, and Portland. Hartford, and Providence are Cities to Watch. They did not make the top 10 but stand out for adopting several major clean energy policies and programs since early 2017, improving their ranks since the last Scorecard. Hartford created an energy improvement district, began converting its streetlights to LEDs, and has taken steps to improve location efficiency through improvements to the zoning code.
Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh says, “Nearly three quarters of Boston greenhouse gas emissions come from our buildings. We’re working hard to improve the performance of those buildings and looking at how new ones can be built smarter. If we’re to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, we have to accelerate our actions and lead by example. That’s why we’ve already surpassed our municipal climate goals and reduced emissions by 37 percent. I’m proud of Boston for leading the rankings once again and am inspired by other cities for their bold action.”
The Scorecard, using information collected as of April 1, ranks cities in five policy areas:
Local government operations. Austin, Boston and Orlando are tied for first place in this area. They have policies to increase efficiency in city government, procurement and asset management.
Community-wide initiatives. Washington, D.C. takes top honors, followed by Seattle. They have GHG reduction goals, strategies to mitigate urban heat islands, and policies or programs to plan for distributed energy systems such as on-site renewables.
Buildings policies. Boston ranks first, followed by New York, San José, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These cities have adopted or advocated for stringent building energy codes, devoted resources to building code compliance, and used incentives or requirements to address energy consumption in existing buildings.
Energy and water utilities. San Diego stars in this category, followed by Los Angeles, Boston, Chula Vista, Minneapolis and San Francisco. Their energy utilities have efficiency programs delivering significant savings, and the cities and utilities are working together to increase their use of renewable energy.
Transportation policies. San Francisco takes the top spot, followed by Washington, D.C., Boston, Portland and Seattle. These cities promote public transit, efficient vehicles and vehicle infrastructure, and freight system efficiency.
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