Environmental Protection

U.S. Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings

A list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012 has been released by the EPA. Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. ranked in the top five.

The list of metropolitan areas in the nation with the most Energy Star certified buildings highlights how owners and managers of commercial buildings are taking action on climate change while also delivering real financial saving to the bottom line. In 2012, more than 20,000 buildings were Energy Star certified, which helped save more than $2.7 billion in annual utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to electricity emissions of more than 2 million homes.

“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. “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.”

For the fifth consecutive year, Los Angeles held on to first place, with 528 buildings. Washington, D.C. had 462 buildings; Chicago came in third place, with 353 buildings; New York secured fourth place, followed by Atlanta.

To view the complete list of Top Cities, please check out Energy Star’s website.

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