Los Angeles was ranked number 1 in the 2011 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy-efficient buildings that have earned EPA’s Energy Star® designation. The growth in Energy Star–certified buildings across the country has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions from the energy use of nearly 1.5 million homes a year, protecting people’s health while saving more than $2.3 billion.
In addition to Los Angeles, the list of 25 cities includes five other California cities, including San Francisco (#3), Riverside (#9), Sacramento (#12), San Diego (#19), and San Jose (#21). In the Pacific Southwest, Phoenix ranked #13 in the nation, moving up four slots from last year.
Other U.S. cities on the top 10 include Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Chicago; New York; Houston; and Dallas-Fort Worth.
“More and more organizations are discovering the value of Energy Star as they work to cut costs and reduce their energy use,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “This year marked the twentieth anniversary of the Energy Star program, and today Energy Star certified buildings in cities across America are helping to strengthen local economies and protect the planet for decades to come.”
The Energy Star label is well known for home appliances, electronics, and other products that meet strict EPA performance levels for energy efficiency. The good news is that the buildings where we work, shop, and learn can also earn EPA’s Energy Star label, according to EPA.
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