According to its 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found that more of today's metropolitan areas are implementing various energy saving initiatives. This year, Boston took top honors for energy saving among the 34 most populous cities analyzed.
The report determined the most "green-friendly" metros based on specific energy efficiency efforts, particularly with regard to local government operation, community-wide initiatives, water utility efforts, transportation projects and electricity use among businesses.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino shared his pride in the acknowledgement.
"We couldn't be more proud of our progress in creating a greener, healthier city," said Menino. "Boston is a world-class city, and we know that our economic prosperity is tied to its 'greenovation,' which has helped create jobs and improve our bottom-line. Reducing our energy use is just one smart step in improving the quality of life in Boston and around the world."
Everybody wins with energy efficiency
Steven Nadel, executive director at ACEEE, added that energy-efficiency is a win-win scenario for everyone involved, as it creates jobs, protects the environment and enhances overall sustainability.
Other cities that were recognized by the ACEEE included Seattle for building policies, San Francisco for utility public benefit programs, and Austin for advancing energy efficiency at the legislative level.
ACEEE noted that there was still room for improvement for all of the analyzed cities. Energy efficiency can be advanced further by local governments "leading by example" and by local leaders better communicating where strides have been made.
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