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Denver ranks 9th in EPA’s list of 2016 top cities

Staff writer |
Denver has earned a spot in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings.

The Top Cities list ranks cities according to how many buildings in their area earned Energy Star certification in 2015. To qualify for the Energy Star, a building must outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, by earning an Energy Star score of 75 or higher on a 1-100 scale.

Denver took ninth place in the Top Cities list, with 215 buildings in the metro area earning the Energy Star in 2015, and ranks fifth for total certified square footage per capita.

Denver continues to provide building owners and managers with the technical guidance, best practices, and training they need to make their buildings more energy efficient, save money, and reduce carbon emissions.

“We are fully committed to working with our local business leaders to reduce our carbon footprint, spend less on energy, and continue to lead the nation toward a more sustainable future,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.

“This work is critical to our own sustainability goals here in Denver, and we’re proud to have that work recognized by being named a top 10 cities for energy efficient buildings.”

Energy Star certification in Denver has been bolstered by the Denver City Energy Project (DCEP), which launched in late 2014 and aims to unlock $1.3 billion in energy savings by encouraging commercial and multifamily building owners and managers to benchmark their buildings’ energy use using Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager tool.

“EPA is pleased to recognize Denver among America’s top cities paving the path toward a more energy-efficient economy,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial program.

“Denver and the other top cities continue to demonstrate the economic, public health, and environmental benefits of simple, cost-effective reductions in energy use.”

To date, the Denver City Energy Project benchmarking program has 109 enrolled buildings representing 21 million square feet of commercial and multi-family space in Denver. However, Denver is just beginning to tap into the City’s potential.

Current participants still account for only 5.4% of the square footage of buildings over 10,000 square feet in the City.

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