In 2017, the City of Philadelphia announced ambitious climate and energy goals to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, cut energy use and costs, and expand renewable energy by 2030. Now in 2023, we are excited to share an update on the progress we’ve made through programs and initiatives that have propelled the City to a 44% reduction in GHG emissions (2006 baseline) and that will continue paving our way to carbon neutrality. In conjunction with the progress update, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order recognizing the updated municipal LEED ordinance that City Council passed in late 2021, raising the LEED standard for the City’s major renovation and new construction projects from LEED Silver to Gold.
In Philadelphia, where more than 70% of citywide GHG emissions come from the built environment, setting and achieving high-performance building standards like LEED Gold is an essential step to decarbonizing. This past year, the Municipal Energy Office partnered with Green Building United to provide LEED Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional BD+C education to staff across various departments. Eight municipal buildings have achieved a LEED certification to date, and with a stronger municipal LEED standard in place and staff who are better equipped to meet it, that number will continue to grow.
Read on for more highlights from the Municipal Energy Master Plan 2022 Progress Update:
To learn more about the City’s energy goals and the roadmap to achieving a clean energy future beginning with City leadership, visit the Municipal Energy Master Plan. Keep up to date with our progress with the Municipal Energy Use Dashboard.