State and Local Policy Database

Fort Worth

City Scorecard Rank


Fort Worth, TX

26.50Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
1.5 out of 9 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

The City of Fort Worth created the Sustainability Task Force to ensure sustainable economic growth. The Task Force is also entrusted with improving municipal operations to achieve citywide sustainability goals.

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.

Energy Reduction Goal

The city participates in the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve an energy use reduction of 20% below 2009 levels by 2020. Municipal buildings are included in the city’s commitment to the challenge.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2019

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

Fort Worth does not currently have a procurement policy for fleet vehicles, the City has taken steps to address greenhouse gas emissions associated with its fleet by purchasing hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and alternative fuel vehicles, including tier 4-equipped off-road equipment. The City continues to participate actively in North Central Texas Council of Governments’ transportation programming, including the adoption of a Clean Fleet Vehicle Policy and partnering with Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities

Fort Worth’s fleet is composed of 1.2% efficient vehicles, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles.

Public Lighting

Fort Worth has not adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. However, the City required all LED fixtures to have a standard 7-pin receptacle so that light output can be adjusted. The City’s streetlight maintenance program replaces burned out streetlight fixtures with new LEDs. Of Fort Worth’s 63,352 streetlights, 18,169 are LEDs, accounting for 29.4% of the total system. Fort Worth continues to plan for future LED upgrade projects.

Green Building Requirements

Fort Worth does not have a formal green building policy, but Fort Worth’s Action Plan calls for a policy requiring new city buildings to be at least LEED Silver–certified and significantly renovated city buildings to be at least LEED EB Silver-certified when the certification cost does not exceed 5% of the construction or renovation costs. While the city does have these guidelines, it does not pursue the actual LEED certification. 

Last updated: March 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Fort Worth benchmarks 48% of City government buildings over 5,000-square feet on an annual basis as part of the Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge – a community partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (Data Source: 10100 0214013-Utilities folder file.)  Some buildings under 5,000 square feet are also benchmarked as they are included in the City’s energy savings performance contract.  Fort Worth has energy savings performance contracts for over 100 facilities. Approximately 9% of municipal buildings have undergone comprehensive retrofits in the past 5 years.

Public Workforce Commuting

Fort Worth allows flexible schedules for its employees.

Last updated: March 2019

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 1.5 out of 16 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

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

Last updated: June 2019

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

The city is a Better Buildings Challenge partner. Fort Worth established a goal to reduce energy intensity 20% below 2009 levels by 2020 in 5.7 million square feet of building space.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide renewable energy goal for the city.

Energy Data Reporting

The city’s Better Buildings Challenge partner profile page includes energy data towards the city’s goal, but the city does not publish city-wide energy data.

Last updated: June 2019

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether permanent city staff have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting outreach for multiple clean energy initiatives to marginalized groups compared with outreach to other city constituencies.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

We were unable to determine if the city has created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Accountability to Equity

We were unable to determine whether the city has adopted specific goals, metrics, or protocols to track how multiple energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are affecting local marginalized groups.

Last updated: June 2019

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

We could not verify if the city has adopted a formal policy, rule, or agreement that supports the creation of clean distributed energy systems.

Last updated: June 2019

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

The city adopted an urban tree canopy coverage goal of 30% through Ordinance 18615-05-2009. The ordinance also protects trees on private property.

Fort Worth has adopted a tree protection ordinance

Last updated: June 2019

Buildings Policies
Score: 9 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Fort Worth has adopted building energy codes independent of the state. The city runs a voluntary benchmarking program for commercial buildings. The city’s home county offers PACE financing to both commercial and multifamily building owners. Fort Worth does not require building owners perform audits, retrofits, retrocommissioning, nor other energy-saving actions.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All


The State of Texas allows its local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes that are at least as stringent as the Texas Building Energy Code. The minimum state standard for single-family residential construction must comply with the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC). All other residential and commercial building construction must comply with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). State-funded building construction must comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2013. To learn more about the building energy code requirements for the State of Texas, please visit the State Policy Database.


Fort Worth based its Energy Code for commercial buildings on the 2015 IECC with amendments. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 53.7. The Code permits ENERGY STAR certification as an alternative compliance option.


Fort Worth based its Energy Code for residential buildings on the 2015 IECC with amendments. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 59.8. The code permits ENERGY STAR certification as an alternative compliance option.

Solar- and EV-ready

The city has not passed an ordinance mandating new construction be solar- and/or EV-ready.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Fort Worth does not staff any full time employees solely dedicated to energy code enforcement. The city requires plan reviews and site inspections to verify code compliance. The city offers upfront support to building owners and/or developers pre-development and pre-construction conferences.

Last updated: March 2019

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

Fort Worth does not have a mandatory benchmarking, rating, and disclosure policy for commercial and/or multifamily properties. The city’s Business Smart program is a voluntary benchmarking program for commercial buildings. 


The city has not adopted a single-family benchmarking and disclosure policy.

Last updated: March 2019

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

Tarrant County offers four incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Tarrant County offers commercial and multifamily property owners access to property assessed clean energy financing for both energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Please note that each incentive/program is tallied based on the building types and energy resources eligible for award. For example, a PACE financing program that offers energy efficiency and renewable energy financing to both residential and commercial property owners is counted as four incentives.

Last updated: July 2019

Required Energy ActionsList All

Fort Worth has not adopted a policy requiring building owners to conduct any additional above-code energy-saving actions.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 7.5 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Oncor, and investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility serving the City of Fort Worth. Atmos Energy, and IOU, is Fort Worth’s primary natural gas supplier. The City of Fort Worth is an active promoter of Atmos and Oncor’s energy efficiency programs. The State of Texas requires electric utilities to offset load-growth through end-use energy efficiency, mandated through an EERS. The utilities must also submit their energy savings goals to the Public Utility Commission of Texas. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Texas page of the State Database.

The Fort Worth Water Department is the municipal utility that provides drinking water services and wastewater treatment to the City of Fort Worth. Stormwater management and services are provided by Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Department (TPW).

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, according to Oncor, they achieved 158,603 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.13% of retail sales. In 2017, Atmos Energy reported 0.47 MMTherms in net savings from natural gas efficiency programs, representing 0.04% of retail sales. These figures cover the entire Texas service territory, not just Fort Worth. Oncor offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. Atmos Energy offers natural gas efficiency incentives to residential and commercial/industrial customers.

Fort Worth partners with Oncor and Atmos Energy to promote participation in efficiency the Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge. Fort Worth’s Housing and Economic Development department partners with Oncor for the weatherization program. Other programs include the Business Smart program, and Sustainable Energy Round Table – two working groups which aim to transform the local energy efficiency markets.

Last Updated: March 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

Oncor offers the Hard-to-Reach Standard Offer Program and a Targeted Low-Income Weatherization Program to qualified low-income residential customers. The Hard-to-Reach program is designed to achieve energy and demand savings with the installation of a wide range of energy efficiency measures at low or no cost. Service providers implement the energy-saving measures and their costs are offset by incentives paid by Oncor. Measures include duct sealing, water efficiency measures, insulation, weatherstripping, and caulking. Oncor is also implementing a Targeted Weatherization Program through the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies (TACAA), which provides funds to designated federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) subrecipient agencies. This enables them to provide weatherization services to low-income residential electric distribution customers. Energy-efficient measures installed include aerators, attic insulation, air infiltration, central air conditioning units, central heat pumps, floor insulation, and ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and windows. Customers are automatically enrolled in Oncor’s low-income programs if they are enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), Home Weatherization Assistance Plan (HWAP), or Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

 In 2017, according to Oncor, it achieved 22,142 MWh in energy savings from its low-income programs, serving 6,692 low-income customers.

Atmos Energy offers the Keeping the Warmth Program to qualified low-income residential customers in Fort Worth. Measures include natural gas piping repair, attic and wall insulation, gas water heater replacements, duct sealing, caulking, weatherstripping, wall outlet insulation, and faucet aerators. The program targets elderly and disabled households, and households with children under the age of five. Through this program, the utility partners with local communities, weatherization organizations, and community action agencies to help decrease household energy use.  In 2017, according to Atmos Energy, it saved 0.01 MMtherms while serving 190 low-income customers through this program.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, Oncor and Atmos Energy do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Oncor nor Atmos Energy provide Fort Worth’s building managers with automatic benchmarking data for use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. At this time, the City of Fort Worth does not advocate to the state for improvements in data provision by its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2019

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2017, Oncor provided $4,557,017 in incentives for the installation of 3,342 kW of new distributed solar systems, equating to $1,364/kW installed. These incentives were offered through Oncor’s Solar Photovoltaic Program, which is available to both commercial and residential customers that meet program eligibility criteria.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

The city of Fort Worth participates on the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor, where they represent consumer interests and advocate on behalf of electricity consumers to the Public Utility Commission and elsewhere on issues related to renewable energy.  The city is also advocates for renewable generation through its membership in the Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues, which is a coalition of more than 50 Texas municipalities dedicated to protecting and supporting the interests of citizens and cities in regards to utility issues.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The City of Forth Worth does not have any joint water and energy efficiency programs in place. The city does have a SmartFlush program to replace residential toilets with high-efficiency toilets and has time-of-day watering restrictions. Fort Worth’s goals are based on the recommendations of the Texas Water Conservation Implementation Task Force, which suggested a 1% reduction in gallons of water used per capita per day per year.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

The Fort Worth Water Department participates in the city's energy conservation programs. In terms of energy efficiency, the Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility has been involved with Johnson Controls Inc., as part of an ESPC (Energy Savings Performance Contract), to increase on-site electrical generation to 50% and reduce energy consumption by 20%. The Fort Worth Water Department participates in self-generation by producing 1500 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of methane gas from anaerobic digesters.

Last Updated: March 2019

Score: 7 out of 30 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the city of Fort Worth is The Fort Worth Transportation Authority. The T also provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus and light rail service. The North Central Texas Council of Governments is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as many surrounding counties. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

Fort Worth does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

At this time, the City does not have a codified vehicle miles traveled (VMT) or greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

We could not determine if the City tracks VMT or GHG numbers.

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Fort Worth has implemented form-based codes to govern development in the Downtown, Berry/University, Camp Bowie, Near Southside, Panther Island, and Stockyards neighborhoods.

Residential Parking Policies

The City allows one or more parking spaces per residential unit. The City has removed minimum parking requirements and added maximum parking requirements for all non-residential uses citywide.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

The City has community-wide mixed-use zoning and urban residential zoning categories that offer height and density bonuses. The City has dedicated project facilitators for mixed-use and urban residential development that expedite land development and permitting.

Last Updated: March 2019

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

At this time, the City does not have a codified mode share target for trips within the city.

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place.

Complete Streets

Fort Worth adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2016. The initiative encourages the inclusion of complete streets principles in all road construction and maintenance projects.

Car Sharing

Fort Worth does not currently have a formal policy in place to provide dedicated on-street and off-street parking for carshare vehicles.

Bike Sharing

The City is served by a bike sharing program, Fort Worth B-cycle, with 46 stations and about 350 bikes.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The FWTA transit system that serves Fort Worth has received $86,335,801.40 in average annual funding from 2013-2017. This funding level is $12.15 per resident in the service territory of the agency, putting the city in the lowest category ($0-19) available in transit funding.

Access to Transit Services

The Transit Connectivity Index measures transit service levels. It is based on the number of bus routes and train stations within walking distance for households scaled by frequency of service. The City of Fort Worth’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 3, putting it in the lowest category (0-4) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

At this time, Fort Worth does not offer incentives for citizens to purchase hybrid, plug-in, or EV vehicles.

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

There are no incentives available for the construction of EV charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Locations

The City owns 32 charging stations available for public use.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of Fort Worth has no incentives or requirements available for the installation of private or public EV charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.).

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Fort Worth does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place, nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Last Updated: March 2019

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

Fort Worth provides tax and funding incentives for affordable and mixed-income housing in transit-served areas and mixed-use areas by policy.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Fort Worth does not currently provide rebates or incentives to low-income residents for efficient transportation options.

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

In the City of Fort Worth, almost 42% of low-income households have access to high-quality transit.

Last Updated: April 2019