Charlotte has gone from 18th to 17th place on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings.
According to the 2011 list, released today, Charlotte had 130 Energy Star-certified buildings last year, with total square footage of 25.1 million and total annual energy cost savings of $14.7 million.
No. 1 on the 2011 list: Los Angeles. That city had 659 Energy Star-certified buildings last year.
The list was first published in 2008. Los Angeles has remained the top city since then.
According to the EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, at a cost of more than $100 billion per year.
Energy Star-certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings, the EPA says.