Environment Texas has examined the state’s most populous cities for their efforts to encourage energy and water conservation and released its analysis here: Texas Torchbearers
Because Denton isn’t among the most populous cities, it wasn’t included in the study, which looked at a number of factors that can increase a city’s sustainability. Those include building codes, utility-supported solar power, city-purchased renewable energy, the number of electric re-charge stations and green-certified municipal buildings.
The group is recommending that Texas cities adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. Denton has adopted portions of the 2009 code, which is the state’s minimum. Twenty-six Texas cities have adopted, or will soon adopt, the 2012 code, according to the report.
The list is interesting. While it includes cities like Austin and Round Rock and San Antonio suburbs, which might be top-of-mind for sustainable Texas cities, there are many others that aren’t quite so top-of-mind, such as Denison, Gatesville, Hereford, La Porte, Port Arthur and Mission, that have adopted the 2012 code.