U.S. Mayors Find Ways to Advance Energy, Sustainability Efforts despite Economy
BALTIMORE, Maryland (June 17, 2011) – Despite challenging economic conditions, a landmark survey of nearly 400 mayors in all 50 states has found that energy and sustainability efforts have maintained momentum within cities. The study, prepared for The U.S. Conference of Mayors and sponsored by Siemens, was based on survey research conducted from April to May, 2011, by the international research consultancy GlobeScan.
Among its key findings, the survey noted:
Three in four cities expect their use of clean energy technologies to increase over the next five years.
LED/efficient lighting, low-energy building technologies and solar electricity generation are the top three “most promising” technologies for reducing energy use and carbon emissions.
Mayors are looking to the economic benefits of these clean energy solutions as drivers of their energy strategies.
For one in three cities, adapting to climate change is already an element of their capital planning or capital improvement programs.
One-quarter of all cities have already set targets for the use of renewable energy.