Top mid-size cities of 2014

Why should big cities get all the glory? Mid-size cities have plenty to be proud of, too, including many of our nation’s most energy efficient buildings.

2014 rankMetro areaENERGY STAR
Certified Buildings
in 2013
Total Floor Space
(million sq. ft.)
Annual Cost Savings
Emissions Prevented
(Equal to __ Homes'
Annual Electric Use)
1San Jose, Calif.8310.7$17.36,500
2Columbus, Ohio7712.2$11.612,140
3Louisville, Ky.606.5$5.76,650
4Virginia Beach, Va.575.0$3.32,670
5Indianapolis, Ind.566.7$4.45,560
6Des Moines, Iowa546.3$3.24,390
7Austin, Texas518.9$10.17,570
8Jacksonville, Fla.496.8$4.93,170
8Fort Collins, Colo.494.2$2.94,600
9Las Cruces, N.M.363.4$1.92,290
10Omaha, Neb.344.4$4.52,700


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#1 Los Angeles  
#2 Washington, DC  
#3 Atlanta  
#4 New York  
#5 San Francisco  
#6 Chicago  
#7 Dallas-Fort Worth  
#8 Denver  
#9 Philadelphia  
#10 Houston