And the US City With the Most Efficient Buildings is...

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This week, the EPA released a list of which cities across the country have the most Energy Star buildings--have any guesses as to which one tops the list? It might not be the city you think . . .


GOOD's Andrew Price parses the info:
I quickly compared this list to the list of biggest U.S. cities and calculated that Washington, D.C. has 0.34 Energy Star buildings per 1,000 people. But Lakeland, Florida is the real winner with 1.34 Energy Star buildings per 1,000 people! And, in case you're wondering, the Energy Star label takes into account regional weather data, so California and Florida don't seem to have any unfair advantage.

Anyway, we're all winners: The EPA says that the 3,900 buildings that won Energy Star ratings in 2009 cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4.7 million metric tons and saved $900 million.

Which, needless to say, marks a pretty significant success--especially given recent scrutiny directed at the Energy Star brand, though that was more in the appliances department. I still think Energy Star is a good concept, in that it offers a symbolic standard whose significance is easily understood by the public--and successes like these help validate that stature. Hitting the 1 million building mark didn't hurt, either. Let's highlight the money saved, especially, and continue to mainstream-ize Energy Star, and make it a universally aspired-to standard.

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