EPA Ranks Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings
Los Angeles tops the list of cities with the most Energy Star buildings for the fifth year in a row.
Releasing its annual ranking of the cities with the greenest buildings, the Environmental Protection Agency has placed Los Angeles at the top of the list with the most Energy Star buildings in one city. In fact, of the 10 U.S. cities on the list, half are in the Midwest of the South.
This is the fifth year that Los Angeles has been on the top of the list, this year with 528 commercial buildings that earned the energy efficient seal. It was, however, not the only city to retain its spot on the list. Washington D.C. maintained the second place position with 462 Energy Star buildings. This is the fourth year that D.C. has come in second.
“Through their partnership with EPA, the owners and managers of Energy Star certified buildings are helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving on utility bills,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe, in a statement on the agency's website. “With Energy Star, cities across America are helping achieve President Obama’s goal to cut in half the energy wasted by our businesses over the next 20 years.”
Other cities on the top 10, in consecutive order, are Chicago, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, and Boston.
According to the EPA, commercial buildings account for 17 percent of greenhouse gas emissions equating $100 billion per year.
Last year, more than 8,200 buildings across the country earned the Energy Star certification.
For the full list and more information on the Energy Star program, visit the EPA website.