Amid sea-level rise along much of the U.S. coastline and a 12% increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide since 2000, cities have made “limited progress” toward their greenhouse gas emissions goals, according to the latest ACEEE scorecard. And many lack the data to know how well they are progressing toward achieving their targets. “Unfortunately, the reality is that a portion of those cities do not have data tracking, or they don’t have multiple years of emissions data, to track whether they’re on track to meet those goals,” said lead report author Stefen Samarripas, who serves as local policy manager at ACEEE.

The 2021 scorecard was the sixth the nonprofit research organization has issued since 2013. Cities are scored in five policy areas: communitywide initiatives, buildings policies, transportation policies, energy and water utilities, and local government operations. Transportation and buildings can score up to 30 points each, out of a possible total of 100. San Francisco received top scores for its transportation policies and local government operations. The report hailed the city for mandating electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new commercial, […]

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