Although lawmakers in Washington D.C. have been consistently unable to move forward on energy efficiency legislation, the city around them has made great strides in that area. As proof of the national capital's success in environmentally-friendly initiatives and achievements, the first-ever report card from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranked Washington D.C. seventh on a list of the most efficient cities in America.
According to USA Today, the rankings were determined based on the follow criteria:
- Building energy codes
- Community programs
- Energy and water conservation campaigns
- Local government outreach
- Public transportation.
Based on these factors, 34 of the country's largest metropolitan areas were then ranked from best to worst in terms of energy efficiency and given scores out of a possible 100. Washington, D.C., landed firmly in the top 10 at number seven with a score of 56. Boston earned a score of 77 to place first on the national list.
But the biggest news isn't so much the rankings themselves as it is that major American cities are, by and large, taking impressive steps toward cleaner, renewable energy sources.
"Over the past five or so years, cities are rediscovering how important energy efficiency is to their economies," Eric Mackres, lead author of the ACEEE study, told the source.
These achievements have been made possible by a variety of new measures, including stricter building codes, bike-sharing programs, tree-planting campaigns and assistance to low-income families that help them afford energy-saving retrofits.
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