Reducing Energy Waste through Municipally Led Behavior Change Programs

Research Report U1810


Ariel Drehobl, Maxine Chikumbo, Kate Tanabe


Municipal governments are increasingly using behavior change strategies to save energy in their communities. For this study we surveyed cities across North America and analyzed 50 behavior change programs offered by 40 local governments in 18 states and Canada. Our report provides an overview of locally led programs in terms of their goals, design, implementation, and impacts. We also give detailed information on numerous locally led program examples and make recommendations to help local governments develop their own programs.