Chicago Among Top Five Greenest U.S. Cities

Continuing a national appraisal begun last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked the top U.S. cities in terms of efficient buildings. Chicago moved to fifth overall, up one spot from the previous year. The ranking is based on number of building which garnered the EPA’s Energy Star rating, of which Chicago has 134.

While Chicago came in behind Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Denver, a ranking based on total square footage of Energy Star space would put Chicago in second, with 59.9 million square feet. These Energy Star standards will prevent the equivalent of 44,500 homes a year in greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 1999, when the EPA awarded the first Energy Star designation in 1999, nearly 9,000 buildings across the country have earned the Energy Star label. Energy Star is open to several building types, including institutions like schools and hospitals, office buildings, retail stores, homes and supermarkets. Chicago is home to the world’s tallest Energy Star building, the 83-story Aon Center.

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2 Responses to “Chicago Among Top Five Greenest U.S. Cities”
  1. limewire says:

    dang nice story man.

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