Saturday, January 4, 2014
A new study released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranked Boston as the most eco-friendly city in America.
The ACEEE report, released on Tuesday, September 17, was the first-ever such report card, listing 34 major American cities based on five specific criteria: building codes, conservation of water and energy utilities, efficient transportation methods and local green campaigns carried out by both municipal governments and community organizations. USA Today reports that Boston nabbed the overall top slot, with a high score of 77 (out of a possible 100). In each category, Boston and San Francisco tied for utility incentive programs, while Seattle won for most stringent building codes and Portland, Oregon, was recognized as best for transportation.
While Beantown grabbed the highest accolades, the results as a whole paint an optimistic picture of American cities making impressive strides toward energy efficiency and doing so at an increasingly fast pace.
"Over the past five or so years, cities are rediscovering how important energy efficiency is to their economies," Eric Mackres, the study's lead author, told the source.
Boston has been able to make some of the largest improvements thanks to public awareness campaigns offering consumers incentives for purchasing eco-friendly appliances and implementing energy-saving retrofits to their homes.
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