Today, the U.S. EPA announced the 2015 list of top cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings.
"This list shows how America’s cities are leading the nation in cutting carbon emissions and fighting climate change," said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial program. "By embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective pathway to reach their sustainability goals, these cities are demonstrating the tangible benefits that result from simple, cost-effective reductions in energy use."
In most cities, commercial buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions. Chicago, for example, estimates that the energy used by buildings accounts for 70 percent of the city’s carbon emissions. In New York City, that figure jumps to nearly 80 percent.
To date, more than 25,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR. These buildings have saved more than $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.4 million homes.
PTI is a partner of ENERGY STAR, the EPA program that helps us all save energy and money with tested and proven energy-efficient products and practices.
Through ENERGY STAR, EPA delivers no-cost tools and resources to help governments, organizations and businesses reduce energy use, save money, and help fight global climate change.
More on the 2015 top cities: www.energystar.gov/topcities
More on ENERGY STAR certified buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist