MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis was ranked among the most energy efficient large cities in the nation, according to a new survey published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
The ACEEE ranked the 34 most populous cities in the U.S. according to five basic energy focus points — local government, community initiatives, buildings, transportation, and energy water utilities and public benefits programs.
Minneapolis scored highest compared to other cities on its transportation. The ACEEE cited the city’s “strong transportation policies, including combined transportation and land use planning, car and bike sharing and alternatives to car trips.”
The city was also honored for investing in energy savings in utilities programs, as well as demonstrating strong city goals with a climate action plan.
The ACEEE said there was still room for improvement, though, when it came to local buildings. The organization recommended Minneapolis develop energy-saving incentives for private buildings.
The highest ranking city was Boston, with Portland, Ore., San Francisco, New York and Seattle not far behind.
Jacksonville, Fla., Detroit, and Memphis, Tenn. were the lowest-ranking cities.