VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia Beach is among the most improved large cities in the U.S. for energy efficiency.

Virginia Beach is ranked 36 out of 51, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

These rankings are based off the 2017 city energy efficiency scorecard. The scorecard takes local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, energy and water utilities and the transportation policies into account and combines them into a score.

From 2015, Va. Beach gained 9 points which advances the city 10 places in the national rankings.

“This new ranking shows how far we’ve come in creating a more energy efficient city, and we are committed to improving our score even further,said Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.

Virginia Beach received recognition for using an energy tracking software to help track energy use on all municipal buildings.

Lori Herrick, the city’s energy manager, said, “We greatly appreciate the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for developing this roadmap that any local government can now use to improve its energy efficiency."

Virginia Beach beat several major cities like Miami, Detroit, Nashville and New Orleans.

Boston, New York and Seattle are the top three cities in the rankings.

The ranking list can be found HERE.