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Performance, Accountability, Collaboration, and Transparency


Burlington’s natural environment is recognized as a fundamental asset whose protection is essential to our continued health, high quality of life, and future development. Over the years Burlington continues to commit itself to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of our waters. The City’s Climate Action Plan outlines actions necessary to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, protect the environment for future generations, improve human health and economic vitality, and create a more livable community. 

Burlington's Net Zero Energy (NZE) goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate fossil fuel usage in heating and ground transportation.​ To achieve this goal the strategy is to reduce our total energy usage across electric, thermal and ground transportation while sourcing the City’s entire energy supply for these sectors from renewables.

Energy Benchmarking City Buildings

The City is using data to inform our NZE strategy and report on progress in our own buildings through energy benchmarking, the process of tracking and reviewing a property’s annual energy use over time to determine its energy performance in relation to itself and/or similar buildings. Reducing energy use and demand in City-owned buildings is a critical first step to complement building electrification, a goal that aligns with the Burlington 2030 District goals. As a member of the Burlington 2030 District, the City has committed to reducing energy consumption by 50% in existing buildings and building to net zero energy standards in new construction. The City is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM), an industry-standard benchmarking tool created by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, to examine energy usage and set benchmarking targets for all City-owned buildings. As a first step, the Burlington Electric Department (BED) Energy Services team and the Department of Public Works (DPW) Capital Planning and Asset Management Office benchmarked 12 municipal buildings for energy intensity. Additional data and other municipal buildings will be added to this Energy Usage report card in the coming months and years as the City works to lead by example as it walks the walk toward our net zero energy future.

The Net Zero Energy Buildings Pyramid, shown below, was developed by BED to help building owners visualize the actionable steps to reach net zero energy use in their buildings. The level and size of the layers of the pyramid signify the importance of each step in relation to its impact on other steps in the pyramid, cost-effectiveness, and return on investment. The base of the pyramid indicates the types of projects that have the highest impact. As you move up the pyramid, the impact decreases (though all are important pieces of the puzzle). Completing projects at the bottom of the pyramid increases the benefits of projects that fit into the upper layers. 

NZE Pyramid

Tree Plantings

The Trees & Greenways Team at BPRW manages the urban forestry program. This program includes 8,500 street trees, 3,100 park trees, and 150 acres of forested parkland. The staff of the Trees & Greenways section, including a full-time Arborist and three full-time Arborist Technicians, provide a wide range of services including tree planting, pruning, cabling, and removal. The graphics represent a simple analysis of the City's tree inventory, also available through the BTV Open Data

City Parks

Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront’s (BPRW) mission is to connect diverse, dynamic public spaces and programs which grow, inspire and create inclusive social interaction through the land, water, and people. The Department manages 500+ acres of parkland, close to 300 programs annually, and miles of accessible waterfront with a focus on ecology, conservation, advancing social equity and promoting health and wellness. 

The Open Space Protection Plan aims to identify, protect and preserve natural areas and open spaces of local, regional, and statewide significance for the benefit of current and future generations. Just under half of all of the land area within the city has been inventoried for the presence of a public or private open space, plant or wildlife habitat, and intact natural community, agriculture, or other important natural or geological resources. These lands and waterways are easily recognized for their role as home to many of our recreational amenities like ballfields, playgrounds, trails, boat launches, or as places for peace, solitude, and the enjoyment of nature’s beauty. Below are just a few of the key metrics used to demonstrate City stewardship of parkland and conservation areas.

City Parkland Access

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Conservation and Grounds Acreage

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