On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the DC metro area (including Montgomery County!) ranked first place on EPA’s 2015 Top Cities list, with 480 buildings in the region that earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR last year.
This year marks the first time that a city other than Los Angeles has occupied the top spot since EPA started ranking cities in 2009. DC has been gaining ground on Los Angeles, however, occupying second place since 2010. DC narrowly missed first place last year by just 8 buildings (LA: 443, DC: 435). This year, however, DC succeeded in taking the top spot by another narrow margin—just 5 buildings (DC: 480, LA: 475).
See a list of ENERGY STAR Buildings in the DC Area: 2014 ENERGY STAR Buildings in DC Area
First announced in 2009, the list of cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings continues to show how cities across America, with help from ENERGY STAR, are embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective way to save money and prevent pollution.
Check out some of our recent benchmarking blogs that feature local businesses who are using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track performance and get ENERGY STAR certified: Montgomery County Public Schools, JBG Companies, Tower Companies, and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.