Urban Energy Efficiency

Local leaders are pioneering approaches to building energy efficiency. In 2010, the Governor of Tokyo passed a Metropolitan Environmental Security Ordinance to launch “the world’s first urban cap-and-trade program” for the city’s buildings. As of October 2015, 15 U.S. cities and one county have adopted ordinances that require large commercial building owners and managers to report their energy consumption annually, either to the city or publicly. Boulder, CO and Austin, TX also require existing homes to achieve a specific level of energy performance by a target date.

Partner organizations supporting cities to advance energy efficiency in the built environment include: