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Climate Showcase Communities Program

Community Highlights

Students Graduate with Energy Efficiency Honors
West Chester (PA) Area School District students did energy audits of local businesses and schools, helping to reduce electricity use by nearly 1.3 million kWh. Learn more »
Salt Lake City Clears
the Air
To improve hazardous regional air quality, Salt Lake City challenged residents to use public transportation, walk, or carpool to work, and prevented 2 million pounds of emissions. Learn more »

The Climate Showcase Communities estimate that by 2015, they will save over $19 million per year in energy costs.

By 2015, the 50 Climate Showcase Communities will avoid over 350,000 metric tons of GHGs per year – equal to annual emissions from 70,000 passenger vehicles.

“Although our programs are all different, we were able to learn from each other about how to move our projects forward.’ - Jeanette Huddleston, Sacramento, on the Climate Showcase Communities Workshop

EPA Climate Showcase
EPA Climate Showcase

EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities Program helps local governments and tribal nations pilot innovative, cost-effective and replicable community-based greenhouse gas reduction projects. Fifty Climate Showcase Communities across the United States are leading projects in energy production, residential and commercial energy efficiency, waste management, transportation and land use that reduce energy use and save money.

Any community can take action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution – and improve people’s health and quality of life. EPA can help your community learn from these pilot projects and replicate their successes through peer exchange, training, and technical support. Interested in learning more and taking action? Contact us.

Showcase Map

Click on the filter buttons to select the groups of projects to view on the map and table below.

Project Title Govt. Name State Project Type Population Govt. Type
Activating the Seattle 2030 District City of Seattle WA Efficiency–Commercial 594000 City
Advancing GHG Reduction Through Affordable Housing James City County VA Efficiency–Residential 48000 County
Baltimore Non-profit GHG Reductions Program City of Baltimore MD Efficiency–Commercial 638000 City
Building a Municipal Energy Conservation Corps City of Springfield MA Efficiency–Public Buildings 152000 City
Building Capacity Through Intergovernmental Partnerships City of Warwick RI Multiple 86000 City
Central New York Climate Change Innovation Program Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board NY Multiple 782000 Regional Council
City Green: The District City of Columbia MO Efficiency–Commercial 99000 City
Climate-Wise Community Program La Plata County CO Multiple 50000 County
Cold Climate Community Solutions City of Duluth MN Efficiency–Residential 84000 City
COOL CAP Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians OR Renewables 1600 Tribal
Community Based Biofuel Program Monroe County NY Renewables 734000 County
Density That Works: EcoVillage Concepts Tompkins County NY Smart Growth 101000 County
Denver Energy Challenge City and County of Denver CO Multiple 599000 County
Development of a Freight Efficiency Outreach Center North Central Texas Council of Governments TX Transportation 6260000 Regional
Efficiency and GHG Reduction on the Northern Cheyenne Tribe Reservation Northern Cheyenne Tribe MT Efficiency–Public Buildings 4000 Tribal
Energize Corvallis City of Corvallis OR Multiple 55000 City
Eugene SmartTrips City of Eugene OR Transportation 138000 City
Expanding River-Friendly Landscaping Practices Sacramento County CA Heat Island 1200000 County
Fort Yukon Greenhouse Project Tanana Chiefs Conference AK Combined Heat and Power 610 Tribal
GHG Reductions for Marginalized Communities City and County of Honolulu HI Efficiency–Residential 876000 County
GHG Reduction Through Home Energy Affordability Loan Program City of Little Rock AR Efficiency–Commercial 189000 City
Green Homes Challenge Frederick County MD Efficiency–Residential 224000 County
Hailey Community Climate Challenge City of Hailey ID Multiple 8000 City
Healthy Energy Living Project Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma OK Efficiency–Commercial 80000 Tribal
Home Energy Retrofits for All Town of Greenfield MA Efficiency–Residential 18500 Town
Houston Climate Showcase City of Houston TX Transportation 2200000 City
Industrial Packaging Prevention and Reuse Project Alameda County Waste Management Authority CA Waste Management 1491000 County
Innovative Master Planning for the South Kitsap Industrial Area City of Bremerton WA Smart Growth 37500 City
Integrating ME3 and BPS at Landfills Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission OH Waste Management 2000000 Regional
Maximizing GHG Reductions through Food Waste Diversion Humboldt Waste Management Authority CA Waste Management 130000 County
Mpower ChaMpions City of Madison WI Efficiency–Commercial 229000 City
Reading, Riding and Retrofit Land of Sky Regional Planning Council NC Efficiency–Public Buildings 300000 Regional
Red and Blue and Green All Over Town of Cary NC Efficiency–Public Buildings 113000 Town
Reducing GHGs Through Neighborhood Home Efficiency Upgrades Durham City-County NC Efficiency–Residential 223000 County
Reduction of GHGs Through Innovative Climate Projects Gila River Indian Community AZ Multiple 14000 Tribal
Reenergizing Our Urban Community Efficiently City of Aiken SC Efficiency–Residential 29000 City
Regional Circuit Rider for EE in Local Government Operations Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission PA Efficiency–Public Buildings 2439000 Regional
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture City of Keene NH Combined Heat and Power 23000 City
Santa Ynez Chumash Community Energy Project Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians CA Multiple 4300 Tribal
Smarter Sustainable Dubuque City of Dubuque IA Transportation 58000 City
Sustainable Energy Efficiency Demonstration Projects Township of Cherry Hill NJ Efficiency–Public Buildings 70000 Township
Sustainable Transportation for a Sustainable Future Salt Lake City UT Transportation 182000 City
The Chicago Green Health Care Initiative City of Chicago IL Efficiency–Commercial 2800000 City
The Green Cincinnati Plan City of Cincinnati OH Multiple 331000 City
The Small Cities Climate Action Partnership City of El Cerrito CA Efficiency 23000 City
The Student Conservation Corps West Chester Area School District PA Efficiency–Commercial 83000 School District
Tri County Small Business Efficiency Program Lewis and Clark County MT Efficiency–Commercial 60000 County
Using Landfill Gas to Recycle Glass and Provide Energy to the Metropolitan Detention Center City of Albuquerque, New Mexico NM Landfill Methane 508000 City
West Union Green Downtown West Union, Iowa IA Renewables 2550 City
Whatcom Energy Challenge City of Bellingham WA Efficiency 76000 City

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