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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2013

Kansas City metro named to EPA’s list of cities with most ENERGY STAR-certified buildings

For the first year ever, the City of Kansas City, Mo., metropolitan area has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of cities with the most ENERGY STAR®-certified buildings. As of last year, Greater Kansas City had 82 ENERGY STAR-certified buildings totaling more than 20 million square feet of floor space and saving $14 million per year on utility bills. These buildings also helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electric use of nearly 23,000 homes.

One of the metro’s largest ENERGY STAR buildings is the 29-story City Hall, located at 414 E. 12th St. Others on the list include office buildings, hotels, stores, schools, an apartment complex, the Federal Building and the federal courthouses in both Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide. On average, these buildings use 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than others.

Kansas City ranked 23 out of 25 cities on the list, tying for that spot with Portland, Ore. First place went to Los Angeles, followed by Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York.

EPA launched the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 as a market-based partnership to increase energy efficiency. Today, more than 65 different product categories, 1.4 million new homes and 20,000 commercial buildings have the Energy Star label. For more information, visit http://energystar.gov/topcities.

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