Sunday, April 23, 2017

Washington, D.C, leads list of cities with most Energy Star buildings

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 25 that Washington, D.C., ranked first on their list of 2014 Energy Star Top Cities, which ranks the number of Energy Star certified buildings in U.S. metropolitan areas.

"Cities across the country are saving billions every year through partnering with our Energy Star program and increasing energy efficiency, while doing their part to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said.

On average, Energy Star buildings use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer emissions, and Washington, D.C., topped the list for the first time in 2014 with 480 buildings. Los Angeles was next on the list, with 475, and Atlanta was third with 328.

The Energy Star program provides resources for building owners and managers, including helping them understand their current performance and what they should expect after upgrades. Since 1999, more than 25,000 buildings in the U.S. have achieved Energy Star certification, with estimated cost savings of just under $3.4 billion and emissions consistent with those of 2.4 million homes.

“This is the type of leadership we need from city leaders and building owners, who are demonstrating that increasing energy efficiency strengthens local economies, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps preserve a healthy planet for future generations,” McCarthy said.

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