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American Football Cities Ranked From Greenest to Environmentally Meanest

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How do American football cities stack up in terms of energy efficiency?

The following report summarizes five key data points from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) showing how American cities are moving towards more energy efficient programs.

The report focuses largely on ENERGY STAR certifications. Buildings with the ENERGY STAR certification use 35 percent less energy than 75 percent of the buildings that are not ENERGY STAR certified. Why?

  • An increase in LED lighting, a cheaper and more efficient lighting system
  • Automated systems designed to turn equipment on or off at designated times
  • Facility managers monitoring energy data allowing timely identification and repair energy problem

1. Boston

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beantown ranked first overall on the ACEEE scorecard, scoring 84.5 points out of 100. Boston sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and met that goal prior to the end of 2017. Boston also received a perfect score for energy and water and 209 buildings earned ENERGY STAR certification.

2. New York City

 

New York City continues to achieve high energy saving marks with 79.5 points out of 100. The Big Apple’s skyline had 395 buildings earn the ENERGY STAR certification. It is also seeking to reduce greenhouse emissions 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. While there are some infrastructure issues with water utility, New York needs to implement a sustainable and efficient outdoor lighting system.

3. Seattle

 

Seattle ranks high when compared to other cities in its region in areas of building policies, transportation, energy and water. Seattle scored 78.5 on the ACEEE scorecard and came in 15th with 134 ENERGY STAR-certified buildings.

4. Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles is the most improved city on the list. It moved up the ladder from 28th in 2013 to 4th in 2017 and is on track to become a national leader in energy efficiency. The City of Angels boasts a whopping 531 buildings with ENERGY STAR certifications.

5. Chicago

 

With greater competition at the top, Chicago dropped one spot in spite of scoring 2 points more on the ACEEE scorecard than the previous year. Buildings and transportation policies hold opportunities for improvement. However, Chicago still raked in the top 10 ENERGY STAR with 268 certified buildings.

6. Washington, DC

 

Although DC fell a few spots in its overall energy ranking, it remains in the top 10, scoring 71 points. It ranked number one in ENERGY STAR certifications with 790 buildings certified. Continued improvements can be made in transportation, energy and water policies.

7. Denver

 

The Mile High City elevated its 2017 ranking into the top 10 for the first time since 2015. The improved ranking can be attributed to better energy codes for building policies. If Denver wants to maintain its top 10 status, it should continue improving its building policies and transportation systems. Denver came in twelfth on the ENERGY STAR ranking with 158 certifications.

8. San Francisco

 

Losing 5 points from its 2015 score, San Francisco moved down the list to eighth place. ENERGY STAR certifications came in at 372 placing it in the top five cities with the greatest number of certified buildings.

9. Minneapolis

 

Between 2008 and 2012, Minneapolis reduced municipal emissions by an average of 4 percent per year, better than original projections. In the area of transportation, the city plans to include ways to improve transit, walking and biking paths. With only 113 ENERGY STAR building certifications, Minneapolis should try to increase its certifications if it wants to jump up the list.

10. Philadelphia

 

Philly showed a dramatic 12.5 increase in the ACEEE score from 2015. The city is looking towards improvements in transportation and lighting. Its current strategy is to replace burnt out light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs. Philly came in at number 11 on the ENERGY STAR scorecard with a total of 175 buildings earning certifications.

11. Phoenix

 

Phoenix is one of the most improved cities on the 2017 ACEEE scorecard. Because of its focus on energy savings and climate goals, Phoenix climbed from 20th to 11th place since its last audit.

12. Baltimore

 

Falling four spots from 2015, Baltimore earning 55 points out of 100. The city needs to reduce energy use by an average of 3.2 percent per year to meet its future projections, but Baltimore does show improvement in building and transportation.

13. Pittsburgh

 

When compared with its 2015 ranking, Pittsburgh now has better results in building policies but needs to continue bolstering transportation policies if it wants to increase its ranking.

14. Atlanta

 

Atlanta fell a couple of spots from its 2015 ranking. Atlanta is looking to reduce its greenhouse emissions to 1.8 percent annually, however it is currently behind with a 1.5 percent annual reduction.

15. Kansas City

 

Kansas City is another most improved candidate for 2017 largely due to the requirements of energy bookmarking for larger buildings. If Kansas City wants to improve its ranking any further, it should place focus on transportation and energy.

16. Houston

 

Houston only earned 40.5 points, which is 12 points less than its 2015 score. Its fall from grace was due to lower scores in local government, transportation, and energy and water utilities. Houston could improve its overall score by improving transportation and energy. However, in view of the recent devastation of Hurricane Harvey, these improvements may take some time.

17. Cleveland

 

Cleveland declined somewhat even though its score remained stable from 2015. Cleveland should look to improve in all key areas, including transportation, energy and water.

18. Dallas

 

In spite of its strong local government operations, Dallas lost points this year. Dallas could look to improve in the other four categories, including community-wide initiatives, building policies, transportation, and energy and water utilities.

19. Tampa

 

Tampa has goals to reduce greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by 2025, and it still has a way to go. The city earned 33.5 on the ACEEE scorecard.

20. Cincinnati

 

Scoring only 32.5 points, Cincy has room to grow in all five policy categories, especially in the areas of transportation, energy and water. However, Cincinnati seeks to alleviate urban heat by increasing green space with parks and rooftop gardens.

21. Nashville

 

Music City improved 2015 score and moved up in the rankings, however there is room to improve in all categories, especially energy and water.

22. New Orleans

 

Even though New Orleans has benchmarked improvements in key areas, it still has a long road ahead to become an energy-efficient city. Hurricane Katrina, which caused devastation to New Orleans in 2005, could be partially to blame for the slow development of energy efficient tactics.

23. Jacksonville

 

Jacksonville fell one spot from 2015, scoring 28 points. Jacksonville scored well in transportation but remains below national averages in other key energy areas.

24. Indianapolis

 

To become a national leader in energy efficiency, Indy will need to improve in all five key areas. It scored 27.5 points.

25. Charlotte

 

Charlotte scored 24 point. Improved transportation policies included the availability of many more electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city. Charlotte also facilitates a bike-share program.

26. Miami

 

New buildings over 50,000 square feet in Miami are now required to earn the LEED Silver certification. Miami still has a lot of work to do to improve their ranking. It scored a dismal 22.5 points.

27. Detroit

 

Currently, Detroit shows no plan to improve energy efficiency in local government operations or improve outdoor lighting. Detroit should also consider a plan to encourage car- and bike-sharing programs and to ease the pressure of greenhouse emissions. Detroit scored a low 18 out of 100 and has a long way to go to become an energy-efficient city.

28 / 29. Buffalo and Green Bay

Buffalo and Green Bay did not offer any energy efficiency parameters.

How does your city compare with these football cities? Reducing energy consumption is an ongoing process that reveals a lot of work to be done for America to be become truly energy efficient.  

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Posted: September 21, 2017

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