Greentech Media is feeling pretty good about itself this week. That is because its headquarters is located in Boston, the city that earned the highest score in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s inaugural City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Its two other offices are located in San Francisco and New York, which are tied for the No. 3 spot.
The rankings track very closely with ACEEE’s efficiency scorecard for states, where Massachusetts also takes top honors with California and New York following. The Pacific Northwest cities Seattle and Portland also fell into the top five.
Boston was put on top with 76.75 points out of a possible 100 for its Renew Boston initiative, strict building energy codes, transportation and other community-wide programs.
Austin got a shout-out for being the city furthest ahead of its state on policy, particularly on building efficiency. Cities on the coasts earned most of the stop spots, with Austin garnering the highest score in the middle of the country. Minneapolis beat out Chicago by one spot, coming in at No. 8, while Denver was the only Mountain West city to make the top two tiers.
Next year, the top-ranked designations will likely be similar, but look for some movers in the second tier, including cities that have energy benchmarking disclosure rules and municipal energy efficiency goals, such as Washington, D.C. and Chicago.