Acadia Center’s work on energy efficiency policy model won the ACEEE Champion of Energy Efficiency Award and one of the state stakeholder councils created based on that model recently won the Champion award as well. Acadia Center created a federally-funded best practices and implementation guide for energy efficiency policy for four other states and continues to partner with groups across the country to replicate this model.
Part of Acadia Center’s strategy is also working with national policies and networks to leverage advances at the state and regional levels. For example, Massachusetts and other states accelerated their timelines for cutting diesel pollution from buses, moving them ahead of the deadlines required by EPA rules. Alternative fuels policies in California have been examined as potential precedents and models for similar transportation initiatives in the Northeast.
Another milestone of national work for this organization is the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first mandatory GHG cap and trade program. The EPA recognized RGGI as a potential model for compliance with new greenhouse gas emissions regulations, and Acadia Center is now coordinating with stakeholders across the country based on our experience with establishing RGGI in the Northeast.
Acadia Center is implementing an EnergyVision that is relevant nationwide. This framework shows four pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.