D.C. No. 2 on EPA green building list

D.C. ranks No. 2, behind Los Angeles, on the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual list of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings.

There were 404 Energy Star-certified buildings in D.C. in 2011, totaling 104.3 million square feet, according to the EPA, which estimates that those buildings had a combined annual cost savings of $118.6 million.

Los Angeles had 659 Energy Star buildings, at 130.8 million square feet and annual savings of $149.8 million.

D.C. has been No. 2 on the EPA list for three consecutive years. Los Angeles has been in the top spot since 2008, the first year of the rankings.

Atlanta ranked third, followed by Chicago and San Francisco.

The United States had nearly 16,500 Energy Star-certified buildings by the end of last year, saving a total of $2.3 billion in annual utility bills and preventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual energy use of more than 1.5 million homes, according to the EPA.

You can see the EPA’s full list of the top 25 Energy Star building cities, here.


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