FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2017
Kansas City is ranked 16th on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The ranking confirms Kansas City’s commitment to providing building owners and managers with the technical guidance, best practices, and training needed to make their buildings more energy efficient.
“Kansas City is honored to be ranked in EPA’s 2017 Top Cities list,” said Mayor Sly James. “We are fully committed to environmental stewardship and lowering energy costs, and we are proud to be a national leader in promoting energy-efficiency. This ranking is a testament to the great work of building owners and managers in Kansas City who were recently recognized for their participation in our 2016 Mayor’s Energy Challenge, in addition to many other building owners and managers in Kansas City and across the entire metro area.”
Cities are ranked according to how many buildings in their area achieved certification in 2016. To qualify, a building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. In 2016, 125 Kansas City area buildings earned the certification.
At the Mayor’s Energy Efficiency Awards event on June 13, Mayor James recognized building owners and managers in Kansas City, Missouri, who had accepted his challenge to improve their 2014 scores. Several buildings that received certification in 2016 or in previous years were recognized, including City Hall, which was certified in 2012 and increased its ENERGY STAR score in 2016.Other notable buildings receiving awards from Mayor James included the Centennial Building, J.E. Dunn Headquarters, Assurant Inc., and Shook, Hardy, & Bacon.
By the end of 2016, nearly 30,000 buildings across America had earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. Together, these buildings have saved more than $4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of nearly 3 million homes.
Kansas City’s ranking shows how America’s leading cities are prioritizing energy efficiency among their commercial building stock. By partnering with its business leaders and its local U.S. Green Building Council chapter, cities like Kansas City continue to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of reducing energy use among buildings.
Commercial buildings that apply for EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification must have their performance verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial facilities can earn ENERGY STAR certification, including office buildings, schools, hospitals and retail stores.
For more information about Kansas City’s ENERGY STAR ranking, contact Dennis Murphey by email.