More than 3,200 top performing buildings have earned the Energy Star for cuts to their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA reports. These buildings represent almost 575 million square feet, save an estimated $600 million annually in lower energy bills, and prevent almost 11 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to emissions from almost 900,000 vehicles. Buildings that earned the Energy Star use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings. Moreover, about 400 Energy Star buildings use 50 percent less energy than average buildings.
Interestingly, Green Wombat reports that the only United States Climate Action Partnership member to score an Energy Star rating was California utility PG&E for its San Francisco building. US-CAP is calling for a firm nationwide limit on carbon dioxide emissions that would lead to reductions of 10 to 30 percent over the next 15 years.
The headquarters that didn’t make the EPA green building list belong to US-CAP members Alcoa, BP, Caterpillar, DuPont, General Electric, Lehman Brothers, Duke Energy, FPL, PNM Resources, Environmental Defense, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and World Resources Institute.
As Green Wombat point out, it’s possible the other Climate Action Partnership members or their landlords did not submit an application for the Energy Star rating, but more than 3,200 did apply and make the grade.