Apartment Guide Selects USDN Members as Top Green Cities for U.S. Renters: Based on a criteria of providing green amenities such as solar panels and LEED certified buildings, Apartment Guide selected 11 cities for their list of top 10 green cities for U.S. renters including USDN members Atlanta GA, Austin TX, Boston MA, Charleston SC, Plano TX, Richmond VA, San Antonio TX, Tacoma WA, Tempe AZ.
Breckenridge CO Recognized as Sustainable Destination: USDN member Breckenridge CO received a certification as a sustainable mountain resort destination using the Mountain IDEAL standard which uses over 40 sustainability criteria in their evaluations.
Minneapolis MN Receives Inspiring Efficiency Award in Innovation: Minneapolis MN received an Inspiring Efficiency Award in the Innovation category during the Midwest Energy Solution Conference for their success in passing a time-of-listing energy disclosure policy for single-family homes.
Lansing MI to Upgrade Municipal Buildings: Lansing MI launched a Healthy Infrastructure initiative with Johnson Controls to replace outdated infrastructure management systems, like HVAC, lighting, and building envelopes, with new technology that will provide energy and cost savings and create local jobs.
Jersey City NJ Launches Energy Savings Program and Microgrid Project: Jersey City NJ and Schneider Electric are implementing the Energy Savings Improvement Program to reduce operational costs, improve energy resiliency, and leverage energy savings for future projects, including a self-sustainable microgrid.
Boston MA Provides Free Public Transit to Employees: Boston MA is providing pre-paid transit passes for up to 1,000 city employees in an effort to provide more equitable and sustainable transportation.
Shoreline WA Releases 2020 Annual Sustainability Report: Shoreline WA released its Annual Sustainability Report with an overview of their 2020 progress in areas including climate, waste, mobility, ecosystems, resilience, and their COVID response.
Montgomery County MD Transmits Building Energy Performance Standard to Council: Montgomery County MD’s County Executive transmitted Building Energy Performance Standard legislation to their Council, which includes a Trajectory Model to provide long-term certainty and flexibility for building owners as they work to meet their zero GHG emission goals.
Las Cruces NM to Transition Fleet to Zero-Emission Vehicles: Las Cruces NM adopted a resolution to transition approximately 50 percent of their fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2030 to help meet their GHG emissions reduction goals.
Berkeley CA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Electrification Strategy: Berkeley CA is seeking public comments for a draft Existing Buildings Electrification Strategy with guidelines on the substituting gas appliances with clean, safe, and highly efficient all-electric alternatives in existing buildings.