While hearing about Hartford’s recent environmental initiatives, you might have wondered how it compares to cities nationwide. Are other cities developing and implementing similar plans? How are other communities approaching climate action, resilience, and clean energy? According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) newly released 2019 city scorecard, Hartford stands out due to its significant progress in its pursuit of clean energy.
For background, in 2017, ACEEE published a report detailing the energy efficiency of major U.S. cities. This report ranked the cities based upon a detailed methodology and scoring rubric which included five categories: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, energy and water utilities, and transportation policies. Hartford was ranked 47th out of 51 cities that year.
However, in this year’s biennial update of the report, Hartford is ranked 24th out of 75 cities. This tremendous jump has made Hartford one of three “Cities to Watch”. The improvement is a result of the work of numerous initiatives including, but certainly not limited to, the Parkville Microgrid, a $5 Million Streetlight Upgrade, and the Energy Improvement District Board. Hartford’s progress would not have been possible without the efforts of various partners and stakeholders, including the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Green Bank, Eversource, the City’s Department of Public Works, the Department of Development Services, and many more.
According to ACEEE, cities across the globe demand two-thirds of the world’s energy and release 70% of energy-related carbon dioxide emission. Not only does this contribute to the overwhelming majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but it also harms the economic efficiency and well-being of a city and its residents.
Increasingly, mayors and lawmakers in large cities are considering ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), cut energy costs for residents and businesses, and make their communities more resilient. (ACEEE)
Many more initiatives are underway in Hartford. One of the overarching goals of these plans will be to improve the energy-efficiency and sustainability of our communities. We are so proud of all that has been accomplished so far and look forward to sharing more with you soon!