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San Francisco ranks second nationwide in energy efficient buildings / U.S. EPA unveils top 25 U.S. cities with the most Energy Star buildings
Release Date: 03/03/2009
Contact Information: Wendy Chavez, 415/947-4248, email@example.com
(SAN FRANCISCO) Saving more than $87 million and reducing emissions equivalent to 35,800 households’ electricity use, San Francisco ranked second nationwide on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Top 25 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy efficient buildings that have earned EPA’s Energy Star.
San Francisco has 194 Energy Star-qualified buildings compared to top-ranking Los Angeles, which has 262 Energy Star buildings. Houston, Washington, D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St Paul, Atlanta and Seattle follow Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sacramento ranked number 21.
“Energy Star buildings typically use 35 percent less energy and emit 35 percent less greenhouse gases than average buildings,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “The EPA commends all of these cities and all of the others, as well as countless individuals, who are now using more energy efficient appliances and dwellings. They are saving energy, saving money and protecting our environment.”
In 2008, more than 3,300 commercial buildings and manufacturing plants earned the Energy Star - EPA’s label for high efficiency - representing savings of more than $1 billion in utility bills and more than 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. These buildings include schools, hospitals, office buildings, courthouses, grocery stores, retail centers and auto assembly plants.
The total for Energy Star qualifying buildings and plants in America is now more than 6,200 with overall annual utility savings of more than $1.7 billion and the prevention of the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 2 million cars a year.
Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and nearly half of energy consumption nationwide. For more than a decade, EPA has worked with businesses and organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through this voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
To view a list of Energy Star buildings and plants, including those in the 2008 Top 25 Cities: http://energystar.gov/buildinglist To learn more about the Energy Star for buildings and plants: