EPA's top 25 US cities for green building

Today EPA released a Top 25 US cities ranking in terms of green buildings. More specifically, in terms of how many Energy Star certified buildings the city had in 2012. Green building is a booming industry right now. Standards and organizations such as the International Green Construction Code and The Green Construction Board and others are popping up and busting out all over.

Siemens has a very compelling business built, as it were, around this concept; not to mention the endless efforts by Saint-Gobain, including their glass and solar divisions. So EPA Energy Star has attempted to create a standard for the structures which notably curb operational inefficiencies as well as emissions, relative to their peers. And all that is what an Energy Star certified facility is made of.
Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption in the U.S. at a cost of over $200 billion per year, more than any other sector of the economy. Commercial and industrial facilities are also responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. - EPA
Let's cut to the chase: Los Angeles has the most Energy Star certified buildings, which, unscientifically, comes as no surprise. Atlanta and Houston ranked higher than one might expect. Here are the Top 25 U.S. cities:


Sadly, there were no winners in my home state(s) of New Hampshire (or Maine). Then again, it's cold and old here. And we don't have any real cities either – in itself a green feat, some might say.

Now that I think of it, I hope we stay off that list for a long time to come!

Cheers all. There's more about this on the EPA Energy Star web pages. Until next week, or thereabouts.
Kathleen Hurley