LA tops the list of the most Energy Star certified buildings

Green Gas StationThere are many green certifications, and lots of ways to rate a building’s “green-ness”, but when it comes to Energy Star certified buildings, according to the EPA, our great city has topped that list for three years running!  Los Angeles has 510 Energy Star rated buildings- a pretty decent lead over Washington D.C. in second place with only 301.

California has traditionally been a green bellwether, so it’s no surprise that San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego also made the top 25, but for me, the really great news is that even in the current economic doldrums, developers and builders are recognizing the inherent value of “going green”.  According to the EPA article,  in 2010 more than 6,200 commercial buildings earned the Energy Star rating.  That’s an increase of nearly 60 percent compared to 2009 (!)

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. … Energy Star certified buildings use 35 percent less energy and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide than average buildings.

So yay LA!  Less money spent on energy means more money for everything else.  And less carbon dioxide being emitted in our cities means less smog, fewer cases of asthma, and  healthier lives for all of us.

[EPA via Bundle via Curbed LA; image by Omar Omar on Bundle]

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