In addition, cities continue to place priority on improving the energy performance of buildings, especially municipal buildings. This makes sense, as municipalities are among the largest building portfolio owners. The report identifies that almost three of four cities benchmark the energy performance of their own buildings (73%). Furthermore, retrofitting city-owned buildings to improve energy efficiency remains a top priority for 80% of mayors.
As New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, who chairs the U.S Conference of Mayors’ Energy Committee stated: “Mayors continue to lead the … work to change how cities use energy and how they source energy to reduce carbon emissions. [This report serves] as a platform for mayors to exchange ideas about how to achieve these goals, and [ helps]guide the private sector and federal policy makers about how they can best contribute to the effort."
At Signify, we have been honored to be a part of USCM for nearly 10 years. The feedback received from mayors has helped to drive our innovation in the areas that are most important to cities and are highlighted in this report: Connected LED Lighting, Energy Efficient Buildings, Transportation, EV Infrastructure (streetlight charging stations), Broadband & Public WiFi (via the lighting infrastructure) and Solar. The stimulus funding marks a historic opportunity for federal, local and private partners to work more closely than ever before on these priority areas. They can quickly and effectively reduce carbon emissions while delivering additional benefits to their cities and citizens.
We pledge our support to turn mayors’ plans, and the benefits of modernized infrastructure, into reality for cities across the country.