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Los Angeles is top Energy Star

Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. are atop the US Environmental Protection Agency’s annual list of cities with the most energy efficient buildings. New York City was ranked 10th on the Washington, D.C.-based agency’s list.

Los Angeles led the list for a second year with 293 buildings achieving the EPA’s Energy Star designation, according to the Top 25 list released Tuesday.

The EPA gives the Energy Star designation to l3 types of buildings, including schools, hospitals, office buildings, retail stores, that rank among the top 25 percent in energy efficiency compared to similar buildings.

Washington came in second place with 204 Energy Star buildings while San Francisco came in third with 173 buildings. Denver and Chicago were in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

New York, which was ranked 12th last year, rounded out the top 10 with 90 Energy Star buildings in 2009, behind Houston, Lakeland, Florida, Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of over $100 billion per year, according to the EPA.

Jennifer Potash

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