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The Top 5 Most Energy Efficient Cities Are…
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 18, 2013
With a recently enacted energy benchmarking policy, a host of forward-thinking architecture and design firms, and a rising tide of studies emerging on how the area will deal with climate change and changing sea levels and tides, Boston has its eye on the environment. And, it turns out, on energy efficiency. The Massachusetts hub is the most energy-efficiency city in the country, according to the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The survey ranked 34 of the most populous cities in the U.S. based on policies to address energy efficiency in the five key areas: local government, community-wide initiatives, buildings, utilities, and transportation.
So who takes home honors in the top 5?
With a total score of 65.25, Seattle tracks well above the U.S. median score of 43.69 thanks to well-funded electric utility efficiency programs, strong water efficiency measures, energy benchmarking policies, and the latest energy codes for commercial buildings.