FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Contact: Al Killeffer, Office of the Mayor
704-336-3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In its annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings released today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked Charlotte 14th in the nation in 2012—up from 17th in 2011. According to the report, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metro area has 133 Energy Star certified buildings that are saving more than $15.2 million annually in energy costs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual electricity use of nearly 11,000 homes.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the EPA as one of the country’s top cities in energy efficiency,” said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. “This recognition is a testament to the ongoing efforts of our building managers and our entire community to make the Charlotte region an international energy leader. Together, we will continue to work to lower our energy use to save businesses and consumers money, and protect our environment.”
Charlotte has undertaken several efforts to promote energy efficiency. The City is the first in the world to endeavor to reduce the carbon footprint of its central business district through Envision Charlotte, a unique public-private partnership between the city, corporate leaders, and Center City building managers. The Power2Charlotte initiative brings together 17 energy and energy efficiency projects that focus on both internal city operations and community-wide projects to save energy and create jobs.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide, as 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. Fifteen types of commercial buildings can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, and retail stores.
Launched in 1992 by EPA, Energy Star is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, with help from Energy Star, American families and businesses have saved about $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, more than 1.3 million new homes, and more than 20,000 buildings and plants.