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 City of Albuquerque has not adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy leads the county’s implementation of its community-wide energy efficiency initiatives. The county has adopted and mainstreamed community-wide energy-related and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Additionally, Arlington County has ordinances that addess stormwater management and tree protection. 

Last Updated: May 2017

The City of Atlanta adopted its Climate Action Plan in 2015.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Aurora passed its Sustainability Plan in 2009.

Last updated: March 2019

The City Council formally adopted the 2015 Austin Community Climate Plan (ACCP) to guide the city towards carbon neutrality.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Baltimore recently adopted the 2019 Baltimore Sustainability Plan.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Boston formally adopted the Greenovate Boston plan. The city most recently updated the plan in 2014.

Last updated: March 2019

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

Last updated: October 2015

The City of Bridgeport adopted its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan in 2010 to guide its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Buffalo’s Energy Master Plan outlines four key action areas that will transition the city into a more efficient energy future.

Last updated: March 2019

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 of Charlotte passed the Strategic Energy Master Plan in 2018.

Last updated: March 2019

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 

The City of Chicago adopted its Climate Action Plan in 2008.

Last updated: March 2019

Chula Vista’s 2017 Climate Action Plan identifies pathways for the city to achieve a low-carbon future.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Cincinnati recently adopted the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan.  

Last updated: March 2019

Cleveland has adopted a Climate Action Plan. The city updated its plan in 2018.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Columbus formally adopted The Columbus Green Community Plan and most recently updated the plan with the Green Memo III.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Dallas’s Sustainability Plan lays out broad goals the city may pursue. We were unable to verify if the city formally adopted the plan through either a city council resolution or mayoral executive order.

Last updated: March 2019

Denver’s 80x50 Climate Action Plan sets sustainability goals for the city.

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: March 2019

The City of Detroit does not have a sustainability or climate action plan, but Mayor Duggan has committed the city to goals in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Last updated: March 2019

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

The City of El Paso has not formally adopted a sustainability or climate action plan, but the city has signed on to the 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Fort Worth has not formally adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Grand Rapids adopted a Sustainability Plan for fiscal years 2017 to 2021.  

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Hartford adopted the Climate Action Plan in 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: March 2019

We could not find information on whether the City of Henderson has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The city plans to release its Climate Action Plan in 2019.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Houston has recently began planning its first Climate Action Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for the city to achieve carbon neutrality.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Indianapolis released Thrive Indianapolis, the city’s first sustainability and resilience action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not find information on whether the City of Jacksonville has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

Kansas City formally adopted its Climate Protection Plan in 2008.

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

Last updated: March 2019

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 City of Knoxville developed the Energy and Sustainability Work Plan to guide its community-wide sustainability initiatives.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Las Vegas passed R-32-2017, a resolution which formally adopted the 2045 Downtown Master Plan.

Last updated: March 2019

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 City of Long Beach is currently in the process of developing its first Climate Action and Adaption Plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Los Angeles formally adopted Sustainable City pLAn in 2015.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Louisville developed the Sustain Louisville plan to guide the city’s sustainability initiatives.

Last updated: March 2019

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.   

We could not find information on whether the City of McAllen has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The joint Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability releases annual reports on progress towards broadly defined energy and climate goals in the Sustainable Shelby Plan. The City of Memphis and Shelby County are currently developing the area’s first climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

We could not find information on whether the City of Mesa has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Miami formally adopted MiPlan, the city’s climate action plan, by resolution in September 2008.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Milwaukee released the ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan in 2013.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Minneapolis adopted its Climate Action Plan in 2013 to serve as a roadmap for lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Nashville released the Livable Nashville Recommendations to guide sustainability initiatives.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of New Haven developed the Climate and Sustainability Framework to guide the city’s actions against climate change.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of New Orleans released the Climate Action Strategy in 2017.

Last updated: March 2019

New York City formally adopted the One City: Built to Last and 80x50 plans.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Newark released its first Sustainability Action Plan in 2013 and is set to release an updated version of the plan in 2020.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Oakland adopted its Energy and Climate Action Plan in 2012, and most recently updated the plan in 2018.

Last updated: March 2019

Oklahoma City’s Office of Sustainability is currently developing the city’s first sustainability plan. The city has engaged stakeholder groups to discuss topics such as energy, water, natural assets, transportation, and resilience. The city expects to adopt the plan in 2019. 

Last updated: March 2019

Though the City of Omaha has not adopted sustainability or climate action plan for the community, Omaha’s 2010 Master Plan states the intention to create a Comprehensive Energy Management Plan for Municipal Operations and Community-wide.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Orlando’s Community Sustainability Action Plan outlines the city’s sustainability agenda.

Last updated: March 2019

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

Powering Our Future: A Clean Energy Vision contains the City of Philadelphia’s climate mitigation goals.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Phoenix has formally adopted the 2050 Sustainability Goals.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Pittsburgh formally adopted the Climate Action Plan 3.0 in 2018.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan includes the city’s sustainability goals.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Providence’s Sustainable Providence plan was initially release in 2014. The city most recently updated the plan in 2016.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Raleigh has not adopted a sustainability or climate action plan, but the city’s Planning Raleigh 2030 comprehensive plan outlines several sustainability actions the city will pursue.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Reno released the 2017 Sustainability Report.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Richmond adopted the 2012 RVAgreen plan and is currently in the process of developing the RVAgreen 2050 initiative.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Riverside adopted the Riverside Restorative Growthprint – Economic Prosperity Action Plan and Climate Action Plan in 2016.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Rochester adopted the Climate Action Plan. The city’s Office of Energy and Sustainability designed the plan and the City Council approved the plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Sacramento formally adopted the 2035 General Plan in 2015. The Plan establishes sustainability goals and strategies.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of St. Paul does not have a comprehensive climate action or sustainability plan. However, the city has published a pathway towards carbon neutrality in the buildings sector.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of St. Petersburg released a draft of the Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP) in 2019, though the city has not finalized the plan.

Last updated: March 2019

Salt Lake City’s Climate Positive 2040 plan outlines climate action strategies.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of San Antonio adopted the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan in 2016. The city published a progress report in 2018.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of San Diego adopted the Climate Action Plan in 2015 and has release annual reports on progress made towards goal established by the plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of San Francisco adopted the Climate Action Strategy.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of San Jose formally adopted the Climate Smart San Jose plan in 2018.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Seattle formally adopted the Seattle Climate Action Plan in 2013.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of St. Louis has formally adopted the Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Action Agenda updates the plan’s goals.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Tampa does not have a sustainability or climate action plan; however, the city adopted a Green Resolution, releases Annual Sustainability Reports, and published an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Tucson adopted the General & Sustainability Plan in 2013.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Tulsa released its Sustainability Plan in 2011.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Virginia Beach released A Community Plan for a Sustainable Future in 2013. The city’s It’s Our Future: A Choice City Comprehensive Plan also contains sustainability goals.

Last updated: May 2019

Washington, D.C. established several energy-related goals in the Sustainable DC plan. The city formally adopted the plan through the Mayor’s Order 2013-209.

Last updated: March 2019

The City of Worcester released the Climate Action Plan in 2006.

Last updated: March 2019