The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released their list of the U.S. cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012, highlighting how owners and managers of commercial buildings across the country are taking action on climate change while delivering real financial savings to the bottom line. For the fifth consecutive year, Los Angeles held on to first place with 528 commercial buildings earning the energy-efficiency seal. One reason for its success is a state-wide policy that requires buildings disclose their energy use. Washington, D.C., where the federal government encourages green construction and retrofits, placed second for the fourth consecutive year with 462 buildings. The other top metro areas, in descending order, include Chicago (353 buildings), New York (325), Atlanta (304), San Francisco (291), Houston (241), Dallas Fort-Worth (214), Phoenix (202) and Boston (188.) Among the top 10, Phoenix has shown the most improvement, moving from 22nd place in 2008 to ninth last year. New York, which recently required its commercial buildings to disclose their energy use, moved up from 12th in 2008. For a complete list of the top cities, visit Energy Star’s website.
Newsletter, April 2013, Volume 3, Issue 12