Local & Community Initiatives

(Blog Post - 3/24/2016)
There are over 25 million small enterprises that form the backbone of our national economy. They are critical to the health of local economies, generating well over half of net new private-sector jobs, according to the US Small Business...
(Document - 3/16/2016)
Regional energy efficiency planning, especially across state lines, has unique benefits and challenges. This paper surveys a sample of current regional planning and implementation efforts across the country. It describes how to engage decision...
(Blog Post - 12/22/2015)
This holiday season, New Orleans residents have cause for celebration as they receive an unexpected holiday gift: a new focus on energy efficiency savings. Cities are responsible for the majority of energy consumption, and local governments can play...
(Blog Post - 12/17/2015)
The 2015 City Scorecard ranks 51 large US cities across five policy areas on their policies and efforts to save energy. Its focus on policies and other initiatives is meant to identify and highlight important actions cities can take to become more...
(Document - 12/17/2015)
This new updated version of the Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool lets you score any community’s energy efficiency efforts using the metrics from ACEEE's 2015 City Scorecard. The brief user guide shows you how to use the application to...
(Blog Post - 10/5/2015)
Making sure cities are resilient to a broad array of challenges has become a core concern for anyone involved in urban planning. Hurricane Katrina’s devastation on the Gulf Coast, and, more recently, Hurricane Sandy's effects on the East Coast...
(Document - 10/2/2015)
Many cities and municipalities lack the resources to prepare for and respond to threats like extreme weather, economic volatility, and aging infrastructure. Energy systems are particularly vulnerable because of their interactions with other systems...
(Blog Post - 8/27/2015)
Each step of a home improvement project requires the right tool. If you are planning to put up a new set of cabinets, for example, the first step requires measuring tape, assembly of the cabinets may require a drill, and then, finally, a hammer...
(Document - 8/26/2015)
The Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C) version 2.0 Beta is intended for use by local policymakers and stakeholders interested in advancing the adoption of energy efficiency in their communities. The tool is capable of analyzing the...
(Document - 5/19/2015)
The second biennial ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. We ranked 51 large US cities for their energy efficiency...