Washington Ranks 7th in Energy Efficiency Among U.S. Cities

When it comes to bad driving and lying, though, the nation’s capital reigns supreme.

The Capitol peeks out over solar panel-topped buildings topped in Washington, D.C.
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Marina Koren
Sept. 19, 2013, 10:13 a.m.

Amer­ica’s most pop­u­lous cit­ies haven’t been hold­ing their breath while wait­ing for a bi­par­tis­an en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency bill cur­rently stuck in the Sen­ate. Those cit­ies in­clude the na­tion’s cap­it­al, which ranks sev­enth in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, ac­cord­ing to a new score­card from the non­profit Amer­ic­an Coun­cil for an En­ergy-Ef­fi­cient Eco­nomy.

The rank­ings meas­ure a city’s suc­cess by its en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency le­gis­la­tion and prac­tices, from build­ing and trans­port­a­tion policies to loc­al en­ergy con­sump­tion and com­munity pro­grams. Bo­ston tops the list of 34 cit­ies, fol­lowed by Port­land, New York City, San Fran­cisco, Seattle and Aus­tin. This is the first score­card for cit­ies from ACEEE, which re­leases sim­il­ar grad­ing for states each year.

Ac­cord­ing to the score­card, Wash­ing­ton is among a group of cit­ies, which in­cludes Min­neapol­is, Chica­go, Phil­adelphia, and Den­ver, “poised to rise in the rank­ings in fu­ture years.”

Last spring, D.C. May­or Vin­cent Gray out­lined a long-term sus­tain­ab­il­ity plan to make the Dis­trict “the most sus­tain­able city in the na­tion by 2032.” The ini­ti­at­ive calls for more green everything: jobs, build­ings, and streets.

Wash­ing­ton may not lead the coun­try in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, but it does carry a num­ber of oth­er su­per­lat­ives. While its drivers are the most ac­ci­dent prone and its people the least hon­est, the the Dis­trict is also “Amer­ica’s best city for wo­men.”


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