Our member buildings continue to make significant progress towards the District’s ambitious 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals, as detailed in our recently released 2016 Annual Report.
Buildings in the District are currently using 34% less energy compared to our baseline, which comes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey. Energy efficiency improvements to-date put the district on track to achieve its goal of a 50% reduction in energy use by 2030.
Similarly, we have seen improvements in water efficiency among member buildings. At the end of 2016, water efficiency had increased 11% over our 2010 baseline, keeping the district within reach of its interim 2020 goal of a 20% improvement.
Emissions related to transportation have unfortunately increased. We believe the decline in transportation efficiency is tightly linked with regional population growth. Data showed an increase in the number of single occupancy vehicles trips, as well as longer commute distances in 2016, compared to 2015. As Downtown Denver Partnership noted in their 2016 Annual Commuter Survey report, “2016 marks the first year that the number of drive alone commuters surpassed the number of commuters taking transit to work in Downtown Denver.” Establishing efficient forms of public transit, as well as robust bike and pedestrian infrastructure must be a focus moving forward, if we are to achieve a 50% reduction in transportation-related emission by 2030.
We would like to thank all of our member buildings for their continued participation and commitment to work towards our 2030 goals. Together, we can continue to enhance downtown Denver's economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.