The recognition process is simple, but its message is significant. Local governments partnering with DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge stake their claim as leaders in energy efficiency, and that leadership receives recognition. This year, 10 Better Buildings Challenge partners were recognized in the ENERGY STAR® Top Cities Top 25 ranking. The Top Cities list tracks the cities and metro areas with the most ENERGY STAR® certified buildings.
The following 10 Better Buildings Challenge local governments earned a spot in the Top 25 Cities Overall rankings:
Since the early efforts of ENERGY STAR® Top Cities in 2009, cities all over the country have earned slots in the rankings. Those cities that make the list every year continue to grow their number of ENERGY STAR® certified buildings. Take Washington, D.C., for example: As of 2017, D.C. has earned first place for three years in a row; previously Los Angeles held the top spot – for the first six years of the ranking. Since 2009, the D.C. metro area’s certified-building count rose from 136 to 790 – an approximate 80 percent increase in just eight years!
The ENERGY STAR® Top Cities ranking breaks down into three categories based on U.S. Census-designated metropolitan areas: Top 25 Overall, Top 10 Mid-Size, and Top 10 Small Cities. Local governments are proving their commitments to uphold their fiduciary responsibility to the public by slicing energy bills, freeing up taxpayer dollars, and fostering healthier, stronger communities through more energy-efficient buildings.
Visit the ENERGY STAR Press Room to read more about current and past rankings!