September 23, 2013
Interesting finding that supports Boston as the most energy efficient city. The importance of energy efficiency is relevant to a healthy city and understanding of its footprint on the larger society. The news and related factors that drove “Boston Tops U.S. Cities for Energy Efficiency” is co-related to its other efficiencies.
Eco Mass News referenced “the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard showing how each of the country’s largest cities measure up in terms of reducing their energy footprint. Out of the 34 most populous U.S. cities, Boston appears to be the most energy efficient, at least according to this report. The ACEEE said the report is the first time that cities were ranked purely on their energy-efficiency efforts.”
The scoring criteria was based on how energy efficient a city’s infrastructure is,taking into account its buildings, transportation, energy and water utility efforts, local government operations, and any of its community-wide initiatives. The greatest number of points were awarded for a city’s building policies (29) and its transportation policies (28).
“We couldn’t be more proud of our progress in creating a greener, healthier city,” Mayor Thomas Menino said. While Boston has done the most to reduce its energy footprint, earning a score of 76.75 out of 100 on the report card, other cities also achieved high ranks. Among them Portland, Ore., New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin. The report also found that other cities, such as Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., are continuing to do more to reduce their energy use. The city ranked lowest on the ACEEE list is Jacksonville, Fla.”
“Our report shows that cities are laboratories of innovation for energy-saving solutions that directly benefit people where they live, work and play,” said Eric Mackres, lead author and ACEEE’s local policy manager. “Local governments have great influence over energy use in their communities and many have initiatives that result in significant energy and cost savings.”
The research shows more than energy efficiency but the connectivity to innovation and applied sciences that increase overall development across platforms. The correlation between understanding efficiency of energy has a high correlation to education, jobs and business. The relationship to its universities have impact on the understanding and promotion of the energy archetypes influenced by socioeconomics.
The backbone of the study is what factors produced the delivery of energy efficiency and is this a blip or sustainable. Further, a cities inclusion policies inclusive of its treatment of women, small business and arts are factors connected to sustainability and initiatives that produce long-term efficiency.