As a result of this project, the City has been able to publish two annual reports, and have the data posted on the City‘s public facing Sustainability website. This data can now be used by City staff and the public to understand the Plan’s goals, their impact on communities, and where additional efforts must be made. Baltimore City has made numerous efforts to be “data driven” and has a prominently known program called “CitiStat” which enables it to track issues and progress in areas such as crime, fires, responsiveness to complaints and the like. The sustainability report serves as the same kind of tool for City and community leaders. For example, energy efficiency is an issue in every community—for City buildings as well as individual residences. The City‘s goal is to reduce energy use in City facilities by 15% by 2015. The City has now been able to track its use for two years through this project, and has data that can be used to target poor performing buildings, identify strategies for improvement, implement them, and have progress tracked. The cost savings potential for the City is significant.
Through this project, the City is tracking efforts to meet each of its sustainability goals and collaborating with relevant agencies and partners to measure progress. Improvements will be quantifiable and will support effective programs. There are many opportunities for the City to use this report to help relevant organizations understand the baseline data, the goals, and how disparate organizations can contribute towards the same end, and be part of the solutions.