State and Local Policy Database

Community-Wide Summary

Community-wide initiatives are cross-cutting programs that engage community members and private sector businesses in achieving the city’s energy efficiency priorities. Energy efficiency can help to address a variety of community priorities, including economic development, energy security, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Many cities have initiatives that act as umbrellas for a wide array of programs that address energy use in buildings, neighborhoods, transportation systems, and other infrastructure throughout the city.

The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy leads the county’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives. The county has adopted and mainstreamed a community-wide energy-related goal and has also enacted performance management strategies.

 

Last Updated: October 2015

Atlanta’s Power to Change initiative leads the city’s implementation of its general community-wide sustainability projects.

Last updated: April 2017

The Climate Program in the Austin Office of Sustainability maintains greenhouse gas inventories, develops reduction targets, and leads community-wide implementation strategies. The Office of Sustainability also directs the Austin Green Business Leaders program which provides resources for and recognition to businesses that save energy.

Last updated: April 2017

The Baltimore Office of Sustainability leads the city’s implementation efforts toward its community-wide energy goals.

Last updated: January 2017

Birmingham has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

The city’s primary sustainability program is the Greenovate Boston initiative, which provides recognition to city residents and businesses saving energy and provides technical assistance resources including those to help with high energy bills, properly size air conditioning units, and save energy at work. 

Last updated: April 2017

Boulder is currently developing a Climate Commitment report that details goals for reducing greenhoues gas emissions from various sectors. 

Last updated: October 2015

Burlington’s Sustainability Program leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.  The city has incorporated energy-related goals into their comprehensive plan and has some urban heat island programs.

Last updated: October 2015

Carrboro has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency, but the city has taken steps to mitigate urban heat islands.  

Last updated: April 2014

The city is an active partner in Envision Charlotte, which is a public-private partnership that aims to encourage innovations that strengthen economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability, and positive community impacts.

Last updated: January 2017

Charlottesville’s Environmental Sustainability Division within the Department of Public Works leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.  The city has enacted some performance management strategies and adopted significant urban heat island strategies.  

Last updated: October 2015 

Chicago’s Environment and Sustainability Initiative leads community projects related to energy efficiency.

Last updated: April 2017

Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

The Mayor’s Office of Environmental Stewardship is responsible for implementing the city’s energy efficiency goals.

Last updated: April 2017

The city’s community initiatives related to energy efficiency occurs primarily through the Green Dallas program.

Last updated: April 2017

The city’s community initiatives related to energy efficiency are lead by different agencies. The Denver Department of Environment Health manages Energize Denver and the Denver Energy Challenge. The Office of Strategic Partnerships administers a $2 million fund for energy efficiency improvements in low-income housing and non-profit organizations. The Department of Finance manages PACE financing, and Community Planning and Development manages all code advancement and compliance.

The Office of Sustainability hosts an annual Sustainable Denver Summit where it asks the community to take ownership of the 2020 Sustainability Goals by making Commitments to Action or creating and joining an Action Team. Thus far, the community and city have made 175 commitments (51 in energy) and created 54 action teams (16 in energy). Sixty-seven percent of the 2015 commitments are completed or are on track.

Last updated: April 2017

Detroit has no known community-wide initiatives that target an increase in energy efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

Dubuque’s community engagement related to energy efficiency occurs primarily through the Sustainable Dubuque Initiative.  The city has adopted an energy-related goal and has significant combined heat and power capacity.

Last updated: October 2013

El Paso’s Office of Resilience & Sustainability leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

Fort Worth has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

In 2012, the Hartford City Council, in partnership with neighborhood associations and the Advisory Council on the Environment, organized a regional energy summit for local and surrounding communities, the Hartford Environmental Summit. During the summit, the city discussed steps communities can take to transform into sustainable communities. Otherwise, Hartford has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency, but does pursue strategies that reduce the urban heat island effect.

Last updated: January 2017 

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability leads Houston’s implementation of its general community-wide sustainability initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

Indianapolis has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency.

Last updated: January 2017

Jacksonville has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency, but the city does provide substantial support for the creation of local district energy systems.

Last updated: January 2017

Kansas City’s Office of Environmental Quality leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: April 2017

The sustainability team in the Policy and Communications Department of the Mayor’s Office leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives. The city identified a community-wide energy-related goal in its sustainability work plan and has urban heat island programs. 

 

Last Updated: October 2015

The Las Vegas Office of Sustainability leads the city’s energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

Lawrence has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency.  The city has identified energy-related goals in a climate action plan and implemented some performance management strategies.  

Last updated: October 2013

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is responsible for implementing the goals and strategies contained in the city’s recently adopted Sustainable City pLAn.

Last updated: April 2017

The Sustain Louisville plan articulates the city’s community-wide energy efficiency-related goals. Louisville has recently completed the most comprehensive urban heat island study in the nation.

Last updated: April 2017

Madison’s Facilities and Sustainability Team leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives. The city has adopted community-wide energy-related goals and has robust efficient distributed energy systems.   

The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

The Office of Miami Sustainable Initiatives primarily leads Miami’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: April 2017

Minneapolis’ community initiatives related to energy efficiency are primarily led by the city’s Sustainability Office.

Last updated: April 2017

The Mayor’s Livable Nashville Committee has been charged with developing community-wide sustainability goals. This committee builds upon the work completed by the 2008 Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability.

Last updated: January 2017

New Orleans’s Resilience Project leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: April 2017

New York City’s community engagement primarily occurs through GreeNYC, which provides resources and organizes events encouraging New Yorkers to use less energy and take small actions in everyday life to reduce personal carbon footprints.

Last updated: April 2017

The Oakland Climate Action Committee is charged with building a green economy through equitable development and implementation of the city’s Energy and Climate Action Plan. 

Updated: December 2015

The Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability administers a Green Home Loan Program to provide low-interest loans to homeowners wishing to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.

Last updated: January 2017

The city’s Green Works program coordinates the implementation of several community energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

Park City has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency.  The city has adopted an energy-related goal and implemented some performance management strategies.

Last updated: October 2015

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability leads Philadelphia’s implementation efforts toward its community-wide energy goals.

Last updated: April 2017

The city’s community initiatives related to energy efficiency have primarily connected with the 2050 Environmental Sustainability Goals planning process.

Last updated: April 2017

Pittsburgh’s community projects related to energy efficiency are primarily led by the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative.

Last updated: April 2017

Portland’s community-engagement program is aimed at motivating city residents to alter their behavior in ways that reduce carbon emissions. The city’s community engagement initiative, Climate Action Now!, focuses on home energy usage, transportation, and recycling projects. Portland also engages the community through other programs including community climate workshops.

Last updated: April 2017

Providence’s Office of Sustainability leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017 

Raleigh’s Office of Sustainability leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

Richmond’s Office of Sustainability leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: April 2017

Riverside’s community initiatives related to energy efficiency occurs primarily through the Green Riverside program.

Last updated: April 2017

Sacramento has incorporated community-wide energy-related goals and strategies into the city’s 2035 General Plan.

Last updated: January 2017

Salt Lake City’s SLCgreen program leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

The city’s community initiatives related to energy efficiency have primarily resulted from the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, which was developed from an evaluation of past plans, such as Mission Verde and SA2020, as well as engagement with the public, an expert steering committee, subject matter experts, key members of city leadership, and the SA Tomorrow comprehensive and transportation planning teams.

Last updated: April 2017

San Diego’s Sustainable Community Program leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: April 2017

The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) leads the city’s community engagement efforts related to energy and implements energy efficiency programs in every private market sector. They recognize city businesses who save energy and provide technical assistance resources to San Francisco residents on an array of energy, transportation, zero waste, buildings & environment, and climate change projects.

Last updated: April 2017

San Jose’s community initiatives related to energy efficiency are primarily outlined through the city’s Green Vision framework. The city has integrated a community-wide energy efficiency goal into its general plan.

Last updated: April 2017

Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) leads the city’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives. Among the community programs, OSE manages are the Community Power Works program, which is a one-stop-shop for increasing building energy efficiency in the residential and commercial sectors.

Last updated: April 2017

The Office of the Mayor primarily leads St. Louis’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

Green Tampa leads Tampa’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

The Virginia Beach Environment and Sustainability Office leads the city’s energy efficiency initiatives.

Last updated: January 2017

The DC Office of Planning (OP) and the District Department of Energy and Environment (DDOEE) coordinate the district’s community-wide energy-related efforts through the Sustainable DC Project framework. They provide resources to assist residents and business in reducing energy usage and manage the Sustainable DC Ambassadors volunteer program to expand outreach into the community. 

Last updated: April 2017