Monday, March 14, 2011

Metro Detroit 9th in the Nation for Most Energy Star Buildings

Surprising. Detroit ranks 9th in the Top 25, beating out some of the more trendy areas like Seattle, Austin and San Jose. EPA list is here, and the story comes from the Freep:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today that metro Detroit has moved up into the top 10 of metro regions with the most energy-efficient buildings.

Detroit ranked ninth on the EPA's latest annual list of metro areas that have a large number of buildings with Energy Star ratings. Metro Detroit had 151 buildings with the efficiency rating. The city ranked 15th last year.

LA leads the pack at 510; DC, Frisco, Chicago and New York round out the top five. The EPA estimates that commercial buildings spend $100 billion a year on energy use, and they account for 20% of the Unties States greenhouse gas emmissions.

Detroit jumped on the list thanks to an executive order in 2009 that set energy targets for state-owned buildings (another example of good government policy leading the way), as well as DTE expanding energy efficiency programs. K-12 and other commercial buildings got on the bandwagon.

It's the silver-lining from a terrible recession; as schools and manufacturers scramble to save money, cutting spending on energy is a no-brainer - and it's something that will last long after the crisis has passed.