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DC Metro Area Ranks Second on EPA’s 2023 List of Top Cities with ENERGY STAR

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

CONTACT: Nicole Goines, PIO - (202) 536-7666 Cell - [email protected]

 As DC celebrates Infrastructure Week, ranking supports city’s investments in sustainable environment

  1. DC – The District of Columbia was ranked 2nd in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2022 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The ranking confirms the DC Metro Area’s commitment to providing 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. The District has held the top one or two spot on this list, periodically trading places with Los Angeles, since 2010.

Cities are ranked on the list according to how many buildings in their area achieved ENERGY STAR certification in 2022. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must earn a score of 75 or higher (on a scale from 1 to 100), indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. In 2022, 555 buildings in the DC area earned the ENERGY STAR, totaling over 149 million square feet of certified floor area. Additionally, these certified buildings have helped prevent nearly 517,000 tons of greenhouse gases and saved building owners nearly $180 million in utility costs.

"Together with our industry partners and stakeholders, the District Government continues to make substantial gains in preventing over half a million tons of CO2 per year.’ said Interim Director of the Department of Energy and Environment Richard Jackson. ‘We're proud of this accomplishment, and we're committed to being a leader in building efficiency through the Building Energy Performance Standards program and the Affordable Housing Retrofit Accelerator. By funding upgrades for affordable housing properties, we're working to meet these standards and address systemic health and equity issues that have disproportionately affected low-income District residents."

District of Columbia law requires buildings over 25,000 gross square feet to annually measure and report their energy and water performance for public disclosure. Calendar year 2011-2020 benchmarking data for nearly 2,000 public and private buildings is available through DOEE’s interactive mapping tool. Additionally, buildings over 50,000 square feet are now required to meet the District’s Building Energy Performance Standards, which were set on January 1, 2021.

The DC area’s ranking shows how America’s leading cities are prioritizing energy efficiency among their commercial building stock. By partnering with its business leaders, cities like DC continue to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of reducing energy use among buildings.

This announcement is part of DC Infrastructure Week, May 15-19, 2023, during which the District is highlighting Mayor Bowser’s investments in infrastructure and workforce programs in all eight wards.

For more information about the ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, visit

For more information on the District’s benchmarking, BEPS, and Affordable Housing Retrofit Accelerator programs, please visit: