Announced by the White House during Smart Cities Week, the U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Communities Alliance (BCA), a groundbreaking collaborative effort among local governments, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, and leading private companies to accelerate local clean energy progress and leadership across the country. ICMA is one of 60 partners and affiliates joining and announcing their commitments today.

“ICMA is excited to be a part of this collaborative effort and to encourage further involvement from our 11,000+ members working in cities and counties,” said ICMA Executive Director Bob O’Neill. “We look forward to supporting the Department of Energy in growing the list of engaged local governments.”

With 87 percent of total U.S. energy to be consumed in cities by 2030, America’s local governments are stepping up to the challenge. Through the BCA, city and county leaders are making commitments to reduce the wasted energy in homes and buildings, expand renewable energy and sustainable transportation options for their residents and businesses, harness new energy-saving technologies, and invest in resilient power systems and community infrastructure.

“Cities and counties are already centers for clean energy innovation across the United States,” said Franklin Orr, DOE’s Under Secretary for Science and Energy. “Through the Better Communities Alliance, DOE is committed to further supporting America’s local governments and working with leaders from the public and private sectors to deliver energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation solutions that create cleaner and more prosperous communities for millions of Americans.”

As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the BCA will support communities in achieving their clean energy goals and making them cleaner, healthier, smarter, and more economically competitive. In addition, the BCA will deliver new clean energy resources and technical assistance to local governments, and improve community access to DOE’s existing clean energy expertise and resources. It will also create actionable dialogues and peer exchange between public and private partners to identify opportunities for collaboration and progress.

Thirty-four local governments serving 40 million Americans are committed to the BCA and working with DOE to accelerate local clean energy progress and bolster leadership. Local government partners will receive streamlined access to DOE clean energy resources, opportunities to apply for resources, access to forums for peer networking and expert dialogue, and federal recognition of clean energy achievements.

The participating cities and counties are:

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Broward County, Florida
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Chula Vista, California
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kauai County, Hawaii
  • King County, Washington
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Los Angeles County, California
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York, New York
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Rochester, New York
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Sonoma County, California
  • West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Will County, Illinois

The BCA is also partnering with 26 public and private organizations. BCA affiliates will help identify specific opportunities for collaboration with DOE and local governments. The full list of charter affiliates is below:

  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Energy Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • The Solar Foundation
  • Governing Institute
  • Philips Lighting
  • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • National League of Cities
  • National Association of Counties
  • International City/County Management Association
  • National Association of State Energy Officials
  • Urban Sustainability Directors Network
  • Smart Cities Council
  • ICLEI USA - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Arup
  • Hatch
  • Cityzenith
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Alliance to Save Energy
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Institute for Market Transformation
  • STAR Communities
  • Global Cool Cities Alliance