For the first time, Salt Lake City made the list of top 25 cities with the most Energy Star buildings in the country - ranking 24th. In 2011, the nearly 16,500 Energy Star certified buildings across America have helped save nearly $2.3 billion in annual utility bills and have prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual energy use of more than 1.5 million homes.
"More and more organizations are discovering the
value of Energy Star as they work to cut costs and reduce their energy
use," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "This year marked the
twentieth anniversary of the Energy Star program, and today Energy Star
certified buildings in cities across America are helping to strengthen
local economies and protect the planet for decades to come."
Several programs made Salt Lake City stand out among cities nationwide.
The Utah Building Energy Efficiency Strategies (UBEES), a coalition of
government agencies, utilities, building industry, and key industry
stakeholder partnerships, has been actively encouraging public and
private buildings to benchmark with Portfolio Manager. Portfolio
Manager is an interactive energy management tool that tracks and
assesses energy and water consumption of buildings. In 2011, UBEES
hosted roundtable discussions, completed the Benchmarking & Best
Practices Guidelines, and worked with the Governor's Energy Advisor to
recognize businesses that participate.
Nineteen schools in Salt Lake City School District have earned the Energy Star. The District was recognized as an Energy Star Partner of the Year
in 2012, and worked closely with Utah Building Energy Efficiency
Strategies (UBEES) to begin its benchmarking efforts. Seventy-three
percent of Salt Lake City metro area Energy Star certified buildings are
K-12 schools. EPA