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EPA’s List of the Most Efficient Cities

Yesterday, the EPA announced that the nation’s Capitol has dethroned Los Angeles at the top of their 7th annual Best Cities list with 480 super efficient, Energy Star certified buildings.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen “Washington” and “efficient” in the same sentence. But when it comes to energy efficient buildings, D.C. is leading the way for efficient cities. The surprise outcome proves once and for all that it doesn’t take an act of Congress to go green.

The EPA also announced that the total number of Energy Star buildings nationwide now exceeds 25,000. In addition to eliminating the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of about 2.4 million homes annually, those buildings have combined for $3.4 billion in savings on utility bills and electricity costs.

The full 2014 best cities list is below. See if your city made the cut. If not, it’s time to start asking why.

1. Washington, DC – 480 Energy Star buildings

2. Los Angeles – 475 Energy Star buildings

3. Atlanta – 328 Energy Star buildings

4. New York – 299 Energy Star buildings

5. San Francisco – 292 Energy Star buildings

6. Chicago – 251 Energy Star buildings

7. Dallas-Fort Worth – 248 Energy Star buildings

8. Houston  235 Energy Star buildings

9. Denver – 195 Energy Star buildings

10. Boston – 176 Energy Star buildings

11. Phoenix – 165 Energy Star buildings

12. Philadelphia – 158 Energy Star buildings

13. Seattle – 149 Energy Star buildings

14. Riverside, CA – 127 Energy Star buildings

15. Minneapolis-St. Paul – 122 Energy Star buildings

16. Charlotte – 95 Energy Star buildings

17. San Diego – 92 Energy Star buildings

18. Miami – 90 Energy Star buildings

19. Sacramento – 89 Energy Star buildings

20. Virginia Beach – 81 Energy Star buildings

21. Detroit – 80 Energy Star buildings

22. San Jose – 70 Energy Star buildings

23. Austin – 65 Energy Star buildings

23. Portland, OR – 65 Energy Star buildings

24. Louisville – 59 Energy Star buildings

24. Tampa – 59 Energy Star buildings

25. Salt Lake City – 55 Energy Star buildings