EPA released its third-annual list of U.S. cities with the greatest number of buildings that earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR in 2010. The list of 25 cities is led by Los Angeles, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City. The growth in ENERGY STAR certified buildings across the country has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions from the energy use of nearly 1.3 million homes a year, while protecting people’s health and saving more than $1.9 billion in energy costs.
EPA began releasing the list of the 25 cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in 2008. Los Angeles remains in first place for the third year in a row; the District of Columbia and San Francisco hold second and third respectively for the second year in a row; and Detroit and Sacramento are new to the top 10. New York City climbed five spots to claim fifth in the rankings, and California boasts more cities on EPA’s list than any other state in the country with a total of 2,635 ENERGY STAR certified buildings.
In 2010 alone, more than 6,200 commercial buildings earned the ENERGY STAR, an increase of nearly 60 percent compared to the previous year. Since EPA awarded the first ENERGY STAR to a building in 1999, more than 14,000 buildings across America have earned the ENERGY STAR.