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Are you living in one of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Top Cities? Find out below and then spread the word on social media to show your hometown pride! These metropolitan areas continue to make impressive strides in cutting emissions through energy efficiency. Their efforts contribute to stronger economies, healthier communities, and cleaner air for all of us.

About EPA’s list of top cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings

Why is energy efficiency in city buildings so important? Because cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global carbon emissions—even though they only occupy about two percent of the world’s landmass.[1] And the energy used by commercial buildings is the single largest source of emissions in many cities.

The good news is that cities and buildings across America are already taking steps to reduce emissions through energy efficiency. In fact, since 1999, more than 28,000 commercial buildings have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR—signifying that they are among the nation’s most energy efficient. They've saved more than $3.8 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from more than 2.6 million homes.   

Growing demand for sustainable green buildings in cities

In 2009, EPA noticed growing numbers of ENERGY STAR certified buildings in major cities, and announced the first city rankings. At that time, Los Angeles took first place and was the only city with more than 200 buildings.

This year, all but one of the top 10 cities have passed the 200 mark, and all of the top five cities have more than 300 certified buildings. Leading the pack is Washington, DC with a record 686 buildings, including 146 certified K-12 schools by Fairfax County Public Schools—the most of any district in the nation. Los Angeles follows closely behind with an impressive 527 certified buildings.

Leading the list of mid-sized cities is San Jose, CA, with 114 certified buildings, and topping the list of small cities is Midland, TX, with 34 certified buildings.

How EPA ranked the cities

We defined cities based on the US Census’ “core based statistical areas,” commonly known as metropolitan areas. We then tallied the total number of buildings that had earned the ENERGY STAR in each metro area in 2015 and ranked the cities accordingly.

In the news

"Every year, more cities and buildings are turning to energy efficiency to protect the environment and strengthen their local economies. Money saved on energy bills can boost the bottom line and be reinvested. The cities on this list prove energy efficiency saves money, improves our communities today, and helps us build toward a healthy future full of opportunity.” -- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

View EPA’s 2016 Top Cities news release, which was issued on March 30, 2016. 

ENERGY STAR certified buildings

ENERGY STAR certified buildings are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide over a specific one-year period. On average, these buildings use 35 percent less energy and cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers. ENERGY STAR certification is awarded based on a single year of actual, measured energy performance. Certification is valid for one year.

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[1] http://www.c40.org/why_cities