HOUSTON, TX — The Houston region has been named a national leader in energy innovation by the Environmental Protection Agency in a variety of categories.
The EPA announced this week that the city has the most ENERGY STAR-certified buildings in Texas, ranking seventh in the country. According to the EPA, the 195 ENERGY STAR certified commercial and multifamily buildings in the Houston-Sugarland-The Woodlands area saved more than $41 million and 242,992 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions last year, which is equivalent to taking nearly 53,000 passenger vehicles off the road.
"As the energy capital of the world, Houston is proud to be leading a global energy transition," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "I’m thrilled our business community is embracing energy efficiency as a tool to reduce our emissions and reach our ambitious local and national climate goals."
While some cities require ENERGY STAR certification for new construction, the program remains voluntary in Houston. All 194 buildings in the city that meet the criteria did so on their own accord. There are also many buildings in the city that meet the certification requirements but have not applied for the program.
Mayor Turner is currently the Chair of Climate Mayors, a coalition of leaders from across the country committed to meaningful change to address climate change at the city level.
This week's news comes on the heels of an earlier report that Houston is the top city on the EPA's "Green Power Partnership" list, using more renewable energy than other municipalities in the United States.
For many years, Houston has been recognized as a renewables leader, first in 2014. All municipal buildings will be powered entirely by renewable energy by July 1, 2020.
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