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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Water Power Sewer
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This fifth annual report details the energy performance of 468 San Francisco municipal facilities encompassing nearly 49 million square feet of building area during calendar year 2015. San Francisco began to benchmark its properties in 2011, when the San Francisco Existing Commercial...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source Minneapolis City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This act establishes the Minneapolis building energy benchmarking program. In particular, each city-owned building and covered building shall be benchmarked for the previous calendar year. Such information shall be made available to the public, including summary statistics on the...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source COWS
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Governments everywhere are looking for ways to create new, quality jobs, despite restricted budgets. Although many have enacted programs that facilitate energy efficiency retrofits for the residential and commercial sectors, retrofit of public buildings has garnered little policy...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Ordinance For The City Of Chicago
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This act establishes the Chicago building energy benchmarking program. Each building owner shall report benchmarking information including building identification number, address, square footage, energy performance score, energy use intensity, and annual greenhouse gas emissions....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute For Market Transformation
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
It is relatively easy to make the connection that tracking and disclosing a building's energy usage will promote energy savings, but in fact, there are many other benefits that go far beyond simply kilowatt hours. While benchmarking brings building owners' attention to energy efficiency,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source National Resources Defense Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Democracy & Governance
Fact sheet supporting Chicago's energy benchmarking program....

Type Ordinance
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City Of Austin
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
The Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance requires commercial building owners to benchmark and report their energy use rating by June 1st each year. The ordinance applies to commercial buildings 10,000 sf or larger that are located within the Austin city limits...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Boston City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
In order to reduce the emissions of air pollutants from energy production, encourage efficient use of energy and water, and develop further investment in building a green economy, this ordinance requires that the City and building owners disclose the previous year's energy and water...

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Oregon
Source City Of Portland
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
Clean Energy Works Portland (CEWP) is an innovative effort to deliver affordable home energy upgrades by testing new ways of delivering energy efficiency to homeowners in Portland. The project is intended to save energy, reduce carbon emissions, improve home comfort and home values,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development
Outlines a two‐track process for creating a Chicago Area Building Energy Efficiency System. The first track would identifies funding, including ARRA funds to quickly ramp up existing programs to launch significant weatherization initiatives in appropriate locations around the seven‐county...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute For Market Transformation
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
We have entered a new era of constrained spending, high unemployment and complex political turmoil, yet the question on everyone's mind is simple: How do we create jobs? Surprisingly, the answer is right in front of us. New laws in New York City, San Francisco and other large cities...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State And Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Democracy & Governance
Benchmarking is the process of comparing inputs, processes, or outputs within or between organizations, often with an aim toward motivating performance improvement. Benchmarking typically measures performance using an indicator per common unit (e.g., cost per unit produced), which...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source U.S. Department Of Energy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Democracy & Governance
According to an EPA sponsored report, the city saw a cumulative energy savings of 5.7% during the first four years of the policy (2010-2013), which resulted in total dollar savings of $267 million. An input-output analysis estimated that operations and maintenance upgrades and capital...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Sustainable Endowments Institute
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Energy
As sustainability practices and operational policies to improve building design and decrease the energy consumption of our built environment take root across the country, there is a growing need to better track, manage, and share the results that these projects produce. Numerous platforms...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Philadelphia City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires certain buildings to benchmark and report energy and water usage data; these buildings include commercial buildings with indoor floor space of 50,000 square feet or more and commercial portions of any mixed-use building with at least 50,000 square feet of indoor...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Democracy & Governance
An overview of Municipal and State green building benchmarking laws including Austion, Boston, California, Chicago, Washington, DC, Minneapolic, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Building And Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO)
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Finance & Procurement, Energy, Democracy & Governance
As the Road Map to Emerald Cities explains, the engine of the Emerald Cities Initiative is a dynamic partnership between labor and community and a common pledge to work together: to green our cities in ways that address the threat of climate change and chart a high-road path to economic...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source U.S. Department Of Energy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet guide to Energy Savings Performance Contracting for governments....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Local governments can advance energy-efficient technologies and practices in the marketplace by promoting energy efficiency in their own everyday operations, a practice commonly known as "Leading by Example" (LBE). Taking actions to improve the energy efficiency of government-owned...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
As states and cities seek to meet their energy savings and carbon emissions reduction goals, new and innovative solutions are needed to improve energy efficiency in the stock of existing homes and buildings. One key tool-building energy rating and disclosure (BER&D) -seeks...

Type Ordinance
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
The NYC Benchmarking Law requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy and water consumption in a process called benchmarking. The law standardizes this process by requiring building owners to enter their annual energy and water use in the U.S. Environmental...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington, D.C.
Source Council Of The District Of Columbia
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
This act establshed the Sustianable Energy Utility which administers the City's building energy benchmarking program....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source COWS
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Retrofitting the nation's public and institutional buildings for greater energy efficiency, financing these retrofits from the savings achieved, and requiring local-hire and job and advancement standards for those who do the work can provide the widespread high-road job creation needed...

Type Model Law
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute For Market Transformation
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Model muncipal code for creating building energy benchmarking to promote environmental sustainability....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
Do buildings that consistently benchmark energy performance save energy? The answer is yes, based on the large number of buildings using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track and manage energy use. Over 35,000 buildings entered complete...

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