For the third year in a row, Washington, DC is #1, holding its lead over second-place Los Angeles, which has been a perennial winner in past rankings. DC owes much of its ranking to having a record 790 buildings certified in in 2016.
New York holds its own at 3rd place and has been rising in the ranking since its 12th place ranking in the initial ranking.
Rounding out the top five are San Francisco and Atlanta at #4 and #5 respectively, each containing over 350 ENERGY STAR-certified buildings.
Over 30,000 diverse buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR label since 1999. Altogether, the buildings have saved more than $4 billion on utility bills and helped achieve broad emission reductions, which includes greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of nearly 3 million homes.
EPA points out that many cities are separated by only a few buildings total and that a difference can be made simply by earning the ENERGY STAR for one or more buildings a year.
To see the complete rankings and statistics for the 2017 ENERGY STAR Top 25 Cities, Top Mid-Size Cities and Top Small Cities on the ENERGY STAR webpage.