Top 25 Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings in 2009

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Today the EPA released its second annual ranking of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of buildings receiving the Energy Star label in 2009.  California cities took two of the top three slots, but that's no surprise as these cities are at the forefront of green building. 

Energy Star indicates that a building's energy performance is in the top 25% of buildings nationwide compared to similar buildings.  Several types of buildings — schools, hospitals, offices, retail stores, supermarkets, etc — can receive the label. 

Here's the list by number of projects (but see the comments below for a list by square footage):

  1. Los Angeles, CA, 293 buildings and 76 million square feet
  2. Washington, DC, 204 buildings and 55.1 million square feet
  3. San Francisco, CA, 173 buildings and 51.6 million square feet
  4. Denver, CO, 136 buildings and 31.5 million square feet
  5. Chicago, IL, 134 buildings and 59.9 million square feet
  6. Houston, TX, 133 buildings and 64 million square feet
  7. Lakeland, FL, 120 buildings and 11.5 million square feet
  8. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, 113 buildings and 33.1 million square feet
  9. Atlanta, GA, 102 buildings and 29.6 million square feet
  10. New York, NY, 90 buildings and 50.4 million square feet
  11. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, 89 buildings and 34.5 million square feet
  12. Portland, OR, 80 buildings and 13.6 million square feet
  13. Boston, MA, 74 buildings and 28 million square feet
  14. Seattle, WA, 69 buildings and 20.1 million square feet
  15. Detroit, MI, 62 buildings and 12.9 million square feet
  16. Sacramento, CA, 61 buildings and 8.5 million square feet
  17. San Diego, CA, 58 buildings and 9.7 million square feet
  18. Austin, TX, 55 buildings and 8 million square feet
  19. Miami, FL, 54 buildings and 12.3 million square feet
  20. Phoenix, AZ, 52 buildings and 11.1 million square feet
  21. Ogden, UT, 51 buildings and 5.5 million square feet
  22. Charlotte, NC, 44 buildings and 4.7 million square feet
  23. Indianapolis, IN, 39 buildings and 8.2 million square feet
  24. Des Moines, IA, 36 buildings and 4.6 million square feet; Fort Collins, CO, 36 buildings and 2.5 million square feet; Philadelphia, PA, 36 buildings and 12.5 million square feet
  25. Louisville, KY, 35 buildings and 4.2 million square feet

According to the EPA, nearly 9,000 buildings in the nation received the Energy Star label in 2009.  That's an increase of about 40% year over year. 

[+] View the EPA Top 25 Energy Star Cities of 2009 list


  • The Resorter Dude

    I resorted the list by square feet. A better metric?

    1 Los Angeles, CA, 293 buildings and 76 million square feet
    2 Houston, TX, 133 buildings and 64 million square feet
    3 Chicago, IL, 134 buildings and 59.9 million square feet
    4 Washington, DC, 204 buildings and 55.1 million square feet
    5 San Francisco, CA, 173 buildings and 51.6 million square feet
    6 New York, NY, 90 buildings and 50.4 million square feet
    7 Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN, 89 buildings and 34.5 million square feet
    8 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, 113 buildings and 33.1 million square feet
    9 Denver, CO, 136 buildings and 31.5 million square feet
    10 Atlanta, GA, 102 buildings and 29.6 million square feet
    11 Boston, MA, 74 buildings and 28 million square feet
    12 Seattle, WA, 69 buildings and 20.1 million square feet
    13 Portland, OR, 80 buildings and 13.6 million square feet
    14 Detroit, MI, 62 buildings and 12.9 million square feet
    15 Philadelphia, PA, 36 buildings and 12.5 million square feet
    16 Miami, FL, 54 buildings and 12.3 million square feet
    17 Lakeland, FL, 120 buildings and 11.5 million square feet
    18 Phoenix, AZ, 52 buildings and 11.1 million square feet
    19 San Diego, CA, 58 buildings and 9.7 million square feet
    20 Sacramento, CA, 61 buildings and 8.5 million square feet
    21 Indianapolis, IN, 39 buildings and 8.2 million square feet
    22 Austin, TX, 55 buildings and 8 million square feet
    23 Ogden, UT, 51 buildings and 5.5 million square feet
    24 Charlotte, NC, 44 buildings and 4.7 million square feet
    25 Des Moines, IA, 36 buildings and 4.6 million square feet
    *26 Louisville, KY, 35 buildings and 4.2 million square feet
    *27 Fort Collins, CO, 36 buildings and 2.5 million square feet

    • Dan Weese

      I agree that the square footage is more important than the number of buildings.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      I agree … it changes the list considerably.

  • Anonymous

    Very creative guys. Helpful. Thanks.

  • http://residerealestate.com/ David Doucette

    i’m somewhat surprised to see LA top the list but given its size, i guess it’s not surprising. the green scene is certainly here but not nearly as active as it could be. the bay area in san francisco is way ahead of us, but this list is encouraging.

  • Anonymous

    Good job! It’s good to see that so many buildings have already gone green!

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