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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Targets:

  • 2025: reduce GHGs 25% from 2000 levels
  • 2050: reduce GHGs 90% from 2000 level

Actions:

  • City Council supported self-funding for community energy programs and community engagement on climate change (the Ann Arbor Climate Partnership)
  • Continued resourcing for Michigan’s first Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program
  • Largest city facility solar installation (42 kW) on major affordable housing site
  • a2energy Revolving Loan Fund for Rental Housing created\
  • First bike share program (ArborBike) launched summer of 2015
  • Feasibility studies starting for expanded organics collection and potential community biodigester

Aspen, Colorado

Targets:

  • 30% by 2010 and 80% by 2050 below 2004 GHG baseline
  • 100% renewable utility by 2015

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Achieved 100% renewable energy for local utility
  • Funding for energy efficiency work comes from a carbon tax on development (Renewable Energy Mitigation Program)
  • Reduced community GHG emissions in 2014 7.5% while population and taxable sales grew
  • Reduced City-operations GHG emissions in 2015 by 42%
  • Implemented first rural Bus Rapid Transit system in US – serving 2 million passengers a year
  • Implemented first rural Bike Share systems in US
  • Member of Compact of Mayors, ICLEI
  • Creating regional climate resiliency plan to protect against drought, fires, mudslides and changing snowpack 
  • Participating as a semi-finalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, competing to win $5 million if Aspen reduces residential energy more than other competing towns

Atlanta, Georgia

Targets:

  • 20% by 2020, 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2040, below 2009 GHG baseline

Significant Climate Actions:

  • GHG inventories are performed regularly and follow GPC standard.
  • The Atlanta Climate Action Plan has been completed and it has been submitted to the City Council for adoption.
  • Major commitments highlighted in the Compact of Mayors.

New Actions to Announce:

  • 100 million square feet of commercial building space committed to the DoE Better Buildings Challenge. All participants in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge commit to reducing energy and water consumption 20% by 2020.


Austin, Texas

Targets:

  • Net zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
  • Municipal operations powered by 100% renewable energy by 2012 and all operations carbon neutral 2020.
  • Austin Energy: 55% renewable energy delivered to customers by 2015. This includes goals of 1000 MW of demand side management, over 1500MW of wind, 600MW of solar, energy storage, and all coal ownership retirement.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Inventories: We conduct a city-wide inventory every 3 years using ICLEI-USA’s U.S. Community Protocol and annually using the Climate Registry for municipal operations. Our municipal inventory has been third party verified twice.
  • The Austin Community Climate Plan was adopted by City Council in June of 2015.
  • In October 2015, the Austin City Council approved power contracts for Austin Energy to purchase over 400MW of utility scale solar power.

New Actions to Announce:

  • In October 2015 Austin City Council authorized Austin Energy to secure up to 450MW of additional solar PPAs. When installed, and combined with the 30MW already built, the 150MW already authorized but not built, Austin should be at or near the top solar-powered cities in America. Council also directed Austin Energy to pursue bids to purchase or own 150MW more by 2019.

Berkeley, California

Targets:

  • Community-wide GHG reductions of 80% below 2000 levels by 2050; this translates to 33% below 2000 levels by 2020.
  • Zero waste by 2020.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO): Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley’s Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) is designed to catalyze investment in energy-saving upgrades in homes and businesses. BESO requires property owners to conduct a building energy assessment that provides tailored recommendations for energy-saving opportunities and incentives for all commercial and multifamily buildings (phased in by size) and residential homes at time of sale. BESO is designed to uncover opportunities to for building owners to minimize wasted energy, improve occupant comfort, and lower utility bills.
  • Solid Waste: GHG emissions from solid waste decreased 59% between 2000 and 2013, and 18% between 2012 and 2013 alone.
  • Water: The City reduced water consumption in municipal operations by 29% compared to 2013 levels.
  • Transportation:
    • Electric Vehicles: The number of EVs in Berkeley has nearly tripled in the last 2 years, bringing the estimated total to approximately 750 EVs. The City also launched a Residential Curbside EV Charging Pilot program in December 2014. This Pilot offers home charging opportunities for residents that lack off-street parking by allowing for the creation of new front yard spaces for EV charging or for curbside EV charging stations.
    • Parking Demand Management: The City launched the goBerkeley Pilot Program in 2013 which showed that parking and transportation demand management strategies can be effectively linked to improve parking conditions and reduce congestion and GHG emissions.

New Actions to Announce:

  • 2013 GHG Emissions Trends: Berkeley reduced its community-wide GHG emissions by 9% between 2000 and 2013.
  • Idea Competition: Berkeley is developing an “idea competition” in partnership with the cities of Palo Alto, Santa Monica, and Aspen, CO through a grant from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. This “idea competition” is designed to engage experts, entrepreneurs, and other interested stakeholders in helping the City develop additional, viable emissions reduction strategies. Staff anticipates launching the competition in Berkeley in early 2016, and hopes that the process will result in several actionable GHG-reduction strategies.

Boston, Massachusetts

Targets:

  • 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, below 2005 level, and carbon neutral by 2050.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Rated the most energy efficient city in the U.S. by ACEEE two years in a row.
  • Won international award for Greenovate Boston and community engagement at the Paris climate talks.
  • Compliant with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy greenhouse gas emissions reporting Compact.
  • Updated the City’s Climate Action Plan in 2014 to reach climate goals.
  • Launched the Carbon Free Boston initiative to support rapid action to become carbon neutral by 2050.
  • Launched the Renew Boston Trust initiative to pursue energy efficiency and resiliency in Boston’s building portfolios by using a proven self-funded financing model.

Boulder, Colorado

Targets:

  • 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, below 2005 baseline, with interim targets of 20% by 2020 and 40+% by 2030.
  • Member of the 17 city member Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA)

Significant Climate Actions:

  • First in the nation to pass a Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax to fund initiatives to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Completed baseline inventory and two inventory updates to date.
  • City facilities have saved more than 20% to date in emissions through a performance contract initiated in 2009.
  • In 2010, the city adopted the SmartRegs ordinance to help promote and improve energy efficiency in rental housing units.
  • An accelerated Net-Zero Energy Code, adopted in 2013, requires new and remodeled residential and commercial buildings to meet net-zero emissions by 2031.
  • Achieved Solar Friendly Community Platinum designation in 2014 and introduced the Boulder Solar Tool in 2015 to aid the community’s understanding of individual building and aggregated urban rooftop solar PV potential.
  • The Universal Zero Waste Ordinance was adopted in July this year (2015).
  • Boulder launched a community-wide engagement process around climate commitment strategy that will extend through Q1 of 2016.

Columbus, Ohio

Targets:

  • Reduce GHG emissions 30 percent by 2020, 40 percent by 2030 (city operations, 2005 baseline) and 20 percent by 2020 (community-wide, 2013 baseline).
  • Develop a climate preparedness plan by 2017.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Released the climate adaptation plan focused on drinking water resources, Sustaining Scioto. Currently working on a vulnerability assessment and climate adaptation plan to address other impacts associated with climate change.
  • Columbus’ Fleet was voted greenest fleet in North America in 2011, 167 CNG vehicles in the fleet, anti-idling devises on all vehicles and have reduced petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions since 2005. Central Ohio Transit Authority goal to replace all buses to run on CNG by 2030. There is a network of infrastructure open to the public to support adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, CNG and EV.
  • As of 2015, the city is purchasing 14% of power used for city facilities in renewables, target of 100% by 2020  As of 2013, community wide GHG emissions are down 14%.
  • As of 2014, municipal GHG emissions are down 25%. 

New Actions to Announce:

  • September 2015, Columbus launched an aggressive urban tree canopy campaign, Branch Out Columbus, a collaboration of over 20 organizations, whose goal is to plant 300,000 medium sized trees by 2020, raising the canopy from 22% to 27%. Including a goal to build four urban tree nurseries on vacant and abandoned land within low-income / low-tree canopy neighborhoods by 2020.

Denver, Colorado

Targets:

  • Denver has committed to return to 1990 emissions levels by 2020 and has committed to engage the Denver community in 2016 to help set an ambitious long term goal.
  • Denver has committed to maintain its citywide energy use at 2012 levels through increased energy efficiency, while reducing fossil fuel use by 50%.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Mayor Hancock has signed on to the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda and the Compact of Mayors.
  • Denver has conducted annual greenhouse gas inventories since 2009, helping to inform the soon to be released climate action plan update.
  • Denver was one of the first major inland cities to complete a climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan, released in 2014.
  • By 2020, Denver will reduce the energy use intensity (EUI) of its more than 6 million square foot portfolio by 20%; it is ahead of pace, already having reduced its EUI by 9%.
  • Denver was designated as a Solar America City in 2008 and the first Solar Friendly Community in 2012 for its work to simplify the solar permitting process, helping to increase solar capacity in the community to 23 Megawatts through 2013.
  • In 2015, Denver International Airport (DEN) was the 4th U.S. airport group certified to Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation standard, the only institutionally-endorsed, carbon management certification standard for airports.
  • DEN also hosts 10 megawatts of solar, one of the largest totals of any airport in the world, supplying a significant portion of the city’s more than 20M kWh of solar energy production annually.
  • Denver expanded its use of cleaner-burning alternative fuels by opening its first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station in 2014 and purchased 40 refuse trucks that run on CNG.

New Actions to Announce:

  • Denver is committed to developing innovative transportation solutions to move our people safer, smarter and more sustainability through a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute and with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Technology in Transportation effort.
  • Denver anticipates releasing its Climate Action Plan update by the end of 2015.

Fort Collins, Colorado

Targets:

  • The 2015 Fort Collins Climate Action Plan Framework established greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals of 20% below 2005 levels by 2020; 80% below 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Carbon neutral by 2050.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • In 2016, 13.6% of Fort Collins electricity will be derived from renewables.
  • In 2014, community GHG emissions were down 2.6% below 2005. These emission decreases occurred at a time when we had a 41% increase in economic activity (as measured by sales and use tax revenue) and an 18.7% increase in population.
  • Municipal GHG reduction with emissions down 11.5% below 2005 in 2014.
  • In 2014, the community waste diversion rate was 68.4%, which includes residential, commercial and industrially-generated materials, putting us on the road to the 2030 zero waste goal.
  • ClimateWise, where businesses in Fort Collins voluntarily reduce GHG emissions, celebrated 15 years of success where emissions were reduced by over 1.3 million metric tons through 7,400 projects.

New Actions to Announce:

  • The City is currently developing its Climate Action Plan 2020 Strategic Plan to achieve the new GHG reduction targets adopted in 2015.
  • Complimentary to the 2020 CAP Strategic Plan, an updated Energy Policy is scheduled for adoption in November 2015 that includes targets for incremental annual reductions in building energy use by 2.5% per year by 2020 and achieving 20% renewables by 2020.

Houston, Texas

Targets:

  • Committed to 42% by 2016 (32% already realized so Mayor Parker adds 10% short-term goal); 80% reduction by 2050 (2007 baseline).

Significant Climate Actions:

  • 50% of the City’s energy coming from renewable sources and a 30 MW solar project soon to be approved.
  • The City of Houston is also implementing the largest LED streetlight conversion in the nation, helping the City meet stringent energy efficiency goals.
  • Though Houston’s municipal energy efficiency program, over six million square feet of City facilities are expected to achieve guaranteed energy use reductions of 30%, saving over 22 million kWh of electricity every year, with paybacks of, on average, less than ten years.
  • Two new light rail lines recently opened and a transformative redesign of the Houston region’s local bus system launched in 2015. An estimated 20% increase in ridership is expected with the new bus network.
  • The City of Houston has completed both municipal and city-wide climate inventories, and is updating its municipal Sustainability Plan, for release in the fall of 2015.
  • Mayor Parker serves on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group steering committee; represents Houston on President Obama’s Climate Task Force; is a member of the New Climate Economy’s Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; and co-created the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda, a national movement to drive cities to take action and improve standards for carbon inventories and climate action.

Kansas City, Missouri

Targets:

  • 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2000 levels by 2020, in municipal operations and citywide.
  • 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2000 levels by 2050.
  • As of the end of 2013, have reduced greenhouse gas emissions 25% in municipal operations and 4% citywide since 2000.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Unanimous adoption by Mayor & City Council of the KCMO climate action plan in 2008.
  • Commitment to annual updates to our municipal greenhouse gas emission inventory & triennial updates to our citywide greenhouse gas emission inventory.
  • Reduction of electricity use in municipal operations by 21% from 2000 to 2013 and achievement of ENERGY STAR certification for City Hall (a 78-year old building) in 2012 with a score of 92.
  • Utilization of a unique proprietary software system (Enterprise Sustainability Platform) to monitor & manage energy use in municipal buildings.
  • Installation of 25 kW solar installations on the rooftops of 59 municipal buildings.
  • Installation of 13 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at City sites in partnership with our local investor-owned utility, who are installing 1,100 EV charging stations across the metro area: the largest system of its kind in the U.S.
  • Conversion of traffic signal lights to LEDs.
  • Adoption of LEED Gold certification requirement for new municipal building construction & renovations.
  • Adoption of an Energy Empowerment ordinance in 2015 requiring KCMO municipal buildings > 10,000 sq ft and non-municipal buildings > 50,000 sq ft to benchmark & report energy/water use.
  • Expansion of Bus Rapid Transit lines in the City and construction of new City streetcar system that will begin operations in 2016.

Los Angeles, California

Targets:

  • Los Angeles is committed to a 45% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2025, 60% by 2030, and 80% by 2050 (1990 baseline).

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Mayor Garcetti serves on the C40 steering committee; represents the largest city on President Obama’s Climate Task Force; and co-created the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda, a national movement to drive cities to take action and improve standards for carbon inventories and climate action.
  • Developing a comprehensive climate action and adaptation plan, including an annual standardized GHG inventory.
  • By 2017 we will expand the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) to over 60 million square feet, and avoid 1250 GWh of energy use due to efficiency programs.
  • By 2017, will install at least 1 MW of solar on LA Convention Center rooftop.
  • LA has the greatest amount of solar power – in terms of installed capacity of MW – of any US City and by 2025, will increase cumulative total MW of local solar power to 900-1,500 MW.
  • LA is ahead of schedule to meet goal of 1,000 publicly available charging stations by 2017  By 2025, Los Angeles will eliminate its use of coal-fired electricity.

New Actions to Announce:

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a commitment to lease 160 pure battery EV vehicles, a move that will give Los Angeles the largest city-owned pure EV fleet in America. The program commits city departments to the leasing of pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to replace aging city vehicles — including those with conventional internal combustion engines. The announcement comes on the eve of the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit.
  • Los Angeles will release its Draft Climate Action Plan. The initial report is here.

New York, New York

Targets:

  • 80% by 2050 on 2005 baseline, with a 40% reduction by 2030 on 1990 baseline.
  • From buildings, the City is targeting a 30% reduction by 2025.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • The City compiles an annual GHG inventory.
  • A 38 member stakeholder advisory group is developing detailed recommendations for building GHG and energy reduction opportunities in conjunction with the City.
  • Compact of Mayors, member of Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, ICLEI, C40.
  • Issued RFI to procure 100% of City electricity from renewable sources.
  • All City government buildings to be retrofitted for energy efficiency by 2025.
  • B20 diesel required for City heavy equipment (B5 in the winter).
  • Launching Citywide ferry service.
  • Launched comprehensive City plan in 2015 -- One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC). It adds three new sectors to the climate action plan, which first included buildings: power, transportation and waste. Zero Waste goal and plan announced. Equity is included explicitly as part of OneNYC, which also includes inclusive growth, transit-oriented development and affordable housing goals. NYC also has a comprehensive climate resiliency plan, and relies on the work of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, composed of leading scientists, who make climate projections for the city.

Oakland, California

Targets:

  • 36% by 2020, 83% by 2050 (2005 baseline).

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Retrofitted 100% of trucks and installed shore power at 11 berths at the Port of Oakland, part of a documented success in eliminating more than 165 tons of particulate matter from environmentally sensitive areas since 2005.
  • Beginning in 2015, the City’s new Zero Waste franchise agreements and expanded services are resulting in emissions reductions of more than 450,000 metric tonnes per year.
  • Currently constructing a new Bus Rapid Transit line through the most economically disadvantaged areas of the City, reducing GHG emissions while improving transit and air quality outcomes for the most vulnerable populations in the City.

New Actions to Announce:

  • Oakland has been selected as one of 12 Leaders Circle communities by Resilient Cities for America, recognized for their success in addressing greenhouse gas emissions at the local level.

Orlando, Florida

Targets:

  • Reduce GHG emissions 90% by 2050.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Working towards a 30% reduction in energy consumption of Orlando government buildings and street lights.
  • Scaling community financing to retrofit residential buildings.
  • Working towards running heavy trucks on bioCNG.
  • Rapid expansion of EV infrastructure.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Targets:

Greenworks Philadelphia set the following goals:

  • Reduce municipal GHG emissions by 20% by 2015 (1990 baseline).
  • Reduce citywide GHG emissions by 20% by 2015 (1990 baseline).

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Despite major increases in extreme weather events, Philadelphia has reduced municipal emissions by 15% to-date, primarily through large-scale energy efficiency retrofit projects, converting 100% of traffic signals to LEDs (85,000), and fuel efficiency gains.
  • Philadelphia will be setting updated short-term and long-term GHG and sustainability goals in 2016 as part of a next sustainability planning process.
  • Passed benchmarking and disclosure legislation, requiring commercial buildings 50,000+ square feet to annually report energy use through EPA's Energy Star tool; the program is in its third year of implementation, with a 90% compliance rate.
  • Achieved a 12% decrease in vehicle miles traveled between 2005-2013, enhancing mode share through transit improvements, enhanced bike infrastructure, and the successful launch of Indego bike share.
  • SEPTA, the transit authority, has built one of the nation's largest hybrid fleets with 460 Hybrid-Electric Buses replacing Diesel Buses, achieving a 14% improvement in fuel consumption/56% decrease in nitrogen oxide/96% decrease in particulate matter.
  • Worked with climate scientists to model climate projections for the Philadelphia region, providing robust, publicly available data.
  • The two major climate risks Philadelphia faces are increased flooding and heat. To mitigate against these risks, we have:
    • Installed 581 new greened acres actively managing stormwater through the City's Green City, Clean Waters program.
    • Added 157 new acres of open space, primarily in underserved parts of the city.
    • Planted over 121,000 new trees in parts of the city with low tree canopy.

Phoenix, Arizona

Targets:

  • Reduce GHG emissions by 80% by 2050 (2005 baseline).
  • Reduce GHG emissions for city operations by 15% by 2015 (2009 baseline).
  • Reduce GHG emissions for city-owned buildings by 20% by 2020 (2009 baseline).
  • Supply 15% of its energy use in city-owned building operations from renewable energy by 2025.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Mayor Greg Stanton is a member of the C40 Compact of Mayors and the Mayors’ National Climate Change Action Agenda, and serves as the chair U.S. Conference of Mayors Environment Committee.
  • Created the largest municipal fleet of alternative fuel vehicles in the nation, saving 60 million gallons of petroleum throughout the Phoenix region.
  • Supported the construction of 25 MW of solar energy production on 24 different sites, including city parking garage rooftops, water treatment facilities and landfills.
  • Half of the city’s public works buildings use solar power.
  • Conducting the region’s first GHG inventory.
  • Setting significant 2050 sustainability goals and interim targets for land use, transportation, air quality, water stewardship, waste and local food systems.
  • Committing more than $6 million annually toward projects that help protect against water shortages through a new Colorado River Resiliency Fund.
  • Converting the city’s 90,000 street lights to LED within three years.

New Actions to Announce:

  • Tripling the size of the City of Phoenix’s light rail system by 2050.

Portland, Oregon

Targets:

  • 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
  • 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2030.
  • As of 2013, we were at 14% below 1990.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Double installed solar on City of Portland facilities by 2020.
  • Meet 100% of City electricity needs from renewable power.
  • Add another 40 EVs (BEVs) to achieve a 20% EV share for City fleet sedans by end of 2016.
  • Bring to City Council a policy addressing fossil fuel export facilities.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Targets:

  • 2015 Target: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from community by 10%, to 4.7 million tons annually, through transportation and energy strategies.
  • Achieved 15% GHG Reduction from Municipal Operations 2008 baseline by 2015 (83,536 tons).
  • In 2008, Mayor Becker and the Salt Lake City Council signed a joint resolution committing that the City will work to reduce its municipal carbon footprint 20% below the 2005 level by 2020; 50% below the 2005 level by 2040; and, 80% below the 2005 level by 2050.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Increase renewable energy generation on City facilities to 2.5 MW by 2015.
    • Status: Increased from .7 MW (2010) to 2.7 MW in 2015.
  • Solar Energy Goals: In 2010, there was 0.788 megawatts of solar energy capacity within Salt Lake City limits.
  • 2015 Target: 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity.
  • LEED Silver construction requirement for new City facilities; increased to LEED Gold in State of the City.
  • Net-Zero Energy Buildings (new construction and major renovations over 10,000 square feet): “The measurement for ZEB is through net-zero carbon emissions. On an annual bases, the building produces as much emissions-free renewable energy to offset carbon emissions from the building energy uses (i.e. electricity, natural gas, heating water, chilled water)… on-site or off-site renewable energy included to provide an equivalent annual amount of renewable energy as the building uses from CO2-emission-producing sources each year.”
  • Transform all City government buildings into net-zero facilities: “use only electrical power that comes from renewable, City-based power sources.” Also “Any new City construction, as well as major renovations, will include a recommendation of funds for ensuring that facilities meet a net-zero energy standard.”
  • 15% of City’s on-road fleet made up of clean (CNG, electric, or hybrids) vehicles by 2015
    • Status: In 2009, 2.3% of SLC Fleet was made up of clean vehicles; Met the goal of 15% in 2014.
  • Phase out of 2-stroke engines & create tailpipe reduction plans for all City departments.
    • Status: Half of all 2-stroke engines were replaced in 2014, budgeted to replace the remainder in 2015.
  • 50% of employee trips utilize alternative transportation by 2015.

New Actions to Announce:

  • By 2020, 50% of all energy used for municipal operations will come from renewable resources.

San Francisco, California

Targets:

  • GHG reductions of 25% by 2017; 40% by 2025; 80% by 2050 (1990 baselines).

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Compact of Mayors, Under2MOU, US Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.
  • The City recently reported that its 2012 greenhouse gas emissions were at an unprecedented 23 percent below 1990 levels while the City’s economy and population have grown.
  • President Barack Obama recognized San Francisco in March as a Climate Action Champion for its steadfast leadership on Climate Change.
  • San Francisco is meeting the challenge of climate change with leading policies, programs, and partnerships. Working together, we can achieve our climate goals: zero waste, 50% sustainable trips, and 100% renewable energy. The numbers 0, 50, and 100 are San Francisco's formula for reaching our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals by 2025.
  • Zero Waste: San Francisco has reduced by half the amount of material sent to landfill. This reduction is attributed to residents and businesses working together to achieve the City’s goal of Zero Waste by 2020.
  • 50 Percent Sustainable Trips: Achieving 50 percent of all travel by sustainable modes is another key goal of San Francisco’s Climate Action Strategy. To achieve this level of sustainability, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was tasked with increasing use of all non-private auto transit modes and set a deadline of meeting this shift by 2018. Investments in transit alternatives along with more San Franciscans walking, biking, ridesharing and riding public transit has helped San Francisco achieved its goal three years ahead of schedule.
  • 100 Percent Renewable Energy: The City’s energy supply is already over 40% greenhouse gas free. Mayor Lee’s announcement in January calling on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to develop a new CleanPowerSF program will further decrease greenhouse gas emissions from residential and business customers through sourcing more energy from renewable sources like the sun and wind.
  • Phase-out Petroleum Diesel: In July, Mayor Lee announced the City’s diesel fleet will phase out petroleum diesel and replace it with renewable diesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

Santa Monica, California

Targets:

  • 20% GHG emissions reduction below 1990 baseline levels by 2020.
  • 30% GHG emissions reduction below 1990 baseline levels by 2030.
  • 80% GHG emissions reduction below 1990 baseline levels by 2050.
  • Water-Self Sufficient by 2020.
  • Zero Waste by 2030.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • The City’s Big Blue Bus fleet converted to 100% renewable natural gas from landfill-captured methane.
  • The City produces 70% of its water locally, avoided energy-intensive imported water.
  • The City’s newest Pico Branch Library features a 12,000 gallon cistern that treats captured rainwater for flushing the toilets.
  • Santa Monica’s Landscape Rebate Program has helped residents and businesses remove 283,989 square feet of thirsty turf since 2014.
  • The City provides medicine drop-off and hazardous waste curbside pickup service.
  • Over 15 years, Santa Monicans have installed over 5 MW of solar citywide. In 2015, the City’s Solar Santa Monica program was recognized by the Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Awards.
  • The City is partnering with the Center for Sustainable Energy to train local solar contractors to be able to develop virtual net energy metering projects for multifamily properties.
  • In 2011, Santa Monica adopted its Bike Action Plan to increase biking in the City. Since adoption the bicycle network has increased from 37 miles to 82 miles and peak period cycling has increased by 79%.
  • In 2013, Santa Monica completed its award-winning Tongva Park, adding 7 acres of botanical diversity, open space and recreation. It is one of six finalists in the Urban Land Institute Global Award of Excellence for Urban Space.
  • In 2015, City Council adopts a resolution to join a study to assess the feasibility of a regional Community Choice Aggregation entity.
  • Santa Monica is leading a sea level rise and shoreline change study that will inform a vulnerability and risk assessment for the LA coastal region.
  • In 2015, the City launched the first bikeshare program in LA County.
  • In 2015, the City launched a carshare pilot.
  • In 2015, Santa Monica retrofitted 1,500 streetlights to LED.
  • Santa Monica joined the Compact of Mayors in 2015.

New Actions to Announce:

  • The City is currently planning the design and construction of a centralized 60,000 square foot City Services Building, with the intent to achieve Living Building Challenge certification.
  • Santa Monica is currently initiating the development of its 2030/2050 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan which will be completed in early 2017.

Seattle, Washington

Targets:

  • Target to be carbon neutral by 2050.
  • Interim target of 58% Reduction in GHG by 2030.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • Adopted a comprehensive Climate Action Plan which provides a roadmap to carbon neutrality through strategies that enhance community, economic, and equity goals.
  • We conduct a city-wide inventory every 3 years using ICLEI-USA’s U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
  • Member of the MNCAA, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Compact of Mayors.
  • Seattle reLeaf completed the sixth season of the Trees for Neighborhoods (T4N) project, distributing nearly 1,000 trees to 427 households in 2014 in neighborhoods across Seattle.
  • Seattle City Light, the city’s municipally-owned electric utility, maintains a carbon neutral electricity supply, and remains committed to meeting all future load growth with conservation and renewables.
  • Seattle is one of fourteen U.S. cities that have enacted Energy Benchmarking policies requiring building owners to track energy performance and annually report to the City. With an unprecedented 99% of required buildings reporting, Seattle’s building owners and managers are well-poised to use this data to substantially reduce their energy use. Seattle is now working to take the next steps in our Energy Benchmarking program by developing a policy for public transparency of benchmarking data and requiring periodic tune-ups of large commercial buildings.
  • Strengthened Seattle’s energy code beyond national standard.
  • The City adopted a Resource Conservation Management Plan in 2013 to guide action to meet the City’s goal of reducing energy use in existing City buildings by 20% by 2020 from a 2008 baseline.
  • Adopted the Safe Streets, Healthy Schools and Communities five-year action plan that guides investments for engineering improvements, education, encouragement, and enforcement around schools to increase students walking and biking to school.
  • Banned compostable materials from garbage for residential and commercial customers. Also, banned additional construction, remodeling and demolition waste materials.

Somerville, Massachusetts

Targets:

  • Carbon neutrality for community by 2050.
  • As a Massachusetts Green Community, 20% municipal energy use reduction of 2011 levels by 2017
  • 50% of all new trips will be by transit, walking or biking by 2030.

Significant actions:

  • Second city in Massachusetts to sign on to Compact of Mayors, September 2015.
  • New GHG baseline (2014) inventory that is GPC compliant to be released in November 2015.
  • Replacing HPS outdoor lighting citywide (4000+fixtures).
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure installed in 2015 as well as city’s first 4 all-electric fleet vehicles.
  • Launched widely recognized Somerville GreenTech program to pilot early-stage green technologies.
  • Launched long-term climate change planning initiative, SustainaVille.

Washington, D.C.

Targets:

  • Committed to 50% by 2032, 80% by 2050 below 2006 GHG levels and we a member of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.
  • Sustainable DC Plan adopted in 2013 with targets to cut energy use 50% and expand the use of renewable energy to 50% by 2032.
  • Sustainable DC Plan also sets a target for new buildings to meet net –zero energy use standards by 2032.

Significant Climate Actions:

  • In 2013, adopted the new green construction and energy conservation codes for buildings.
  • Mayor recently signed a power purchase agreement for 46MW of wind power that will provide 35% of the District Government’s electricity, avoiding 100,000 tons of carbon emissions every year. In recognition, the U.S. EPA awarded the District its Green Power Leadership Award in 2015.
  • Working on the District’s first citywide climate adaptation plan Committed to and fully compliant with the Compact of Mayors.
  • Emissions publicly reported (to CDP) annually.
  • In 2014, adopted new green construction and energy conservation codes for buildings.
  • Currently developing the District’s first citywide climate adaptation plan.
  • In October 2015, DC Water, which operates the world’s largest advanced wastewater treatment plant and is the District’s single largest energy user, unveiled its $470 million waste-to-energy project that is producing a net 10 megawatts (MW) of electricity from the wastewater treatment process, providing clean, renewable energy to power about one-third of the wastewater treatment plants energy needs.
  • Thanks to its green building and energy benchmarking requirements, DC had the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings of any U.S. metropolitan area in 2015, and leads all U.S. cities in LEED certified square footage per capita.
  • The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) was created to help DC residents and businesses invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Since 2011, the DCSEU has delivered financial incentives, technical assistance, and information to tens of thousands of District residents and businesses, helping them to save millions of dollars on their energy costs.
  • Requires electric utilities to supply 20% renewable energy by 2020, including 2.5% local solar by 2023. DC provides no-cost solar to low-income residents through its Solar Advantage Plus Program, installing more than 130 systems last year. This year DC is rolling out community solar to continue expand the number of DC residents and business that can benefit from going solar.