Alliance for a Sustainable Future Sustainability Questionnaire: Preliminary Results

The Alliance for a Sustainable Future is a collaborative effort between The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. The Alliance is made up of Mayors and businesses who are interested in working together to develop climate solutions and create more sustainable communities.

The Alliance is chaired by Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales along with Vice-Chair Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. As part of the Alliance’s ongoing work plan, mayors across the county were surveyed on their city’s sustainability efforts in the areas of low-carbon transportation, renewable electricity, and energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. The goal of the ongoing questionnaire is to develop a baseline of city efforts, determine innovative practices in these areas, identify trends, and define areas where additional technical assistance may be needed.

The questionnaire was originally emailed on May 17, 2017 to approximately 80 Mayors who serve in leadership roles for The U.S. Conference of Mayors. However, when the United States announced its intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord on June 1, the questionnaire was emailed to all members of the Conference of Mayors as well as all cities with populations of 30,000 or more, approximately 1,400 cities. Data was collected until June 15. The questionnaire remains open to allow more cities to respond. The Alliance will publish a follow-on report with these additional data later this year.

Responding cities represent a broad geography and range in size from 21,000 (Pleasantville, NJ) to 8.5 million, (New York City). Together, represent nearly 32 million Americans.