BOSTON– Boston has been ranked the top U.S. city for energy efficiency, according to the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard. The ratings take a comprehensive look at any and all initiatives taken by cities to become more energy efficient.
Boston came in 1st place, with a score of 77.5 out of a possible 100 points.
"I'm proud of Boston for leading the rankings once again and am inspired by other cities for their bold action," said Mayor Walsh. "Through our work here in Boston, we've already surpassed our municipal climate goals and reduced emissions by 37 percent. If we're to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, we have to accelerate our actions and lead by example--and that's what we'll keep doing here in Boston."
A lot of the progress made in Boston comes from things you might not be able to see on a day-to-day basis. One big example of this is the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), which requires all of Boston's large and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy usage. Furthermore, it requires that buildings complete "a major energy savings action or energy assessment" every five years.
Coming in second place nationally was San Francisco, followed by Seattle in third, Minneapolis in fourth, and Washington D.C. in fifth place.
While all the initiatives are good news for changing the face of renewable energy in this country, the report says that there is still a large mountain to climb.
"Cities are making impressive clean energy gains-taking big steps to waste less energy and encourage more renewable power. But they have more to do," said ACEEE senior research manager David Ribeiro, the lead report author. "Cities must continue their push for innovative buildings policies, take greater steps to tackle transportation emissions, and better track progress to know which investments have the greatest impact. With their innovation, ingenuity, and resolve, they can build prosperous and equitable low-carbon communities."
Boston is the first city to retain top spot (as we won it last year), and Mayor Walsh hopes that streak will continue.