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The ranking confirms Jackson’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.
Cities are ranked on the list according to how many buildings in their area achieved ENERGY STAR certification in 2017. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must earn a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.
By the end of 2017, more than 32,000 buildings across America had earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. Together, these buildings have saved more than $4.5 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 3 million homes.
Jackson’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 Jackson continue to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of reducing energy use among buildings.
Commercial buildings that apply for EPA’s ENERGY STAR 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 the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools, hospitals, and retail stores.
For more information about the 2018 ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, visit www.energystar.gov/TopCities.
For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.