Detroit joined the top ten list for metropolitan regions with the most energy-efficient buildings for the first time in 2010, according to the
Environmental Protection Agency's third-annual Energy Star report card
Helping to shed our rustbelt image for greenbelt attractiveness, former governor Jennifer Granholm's policy of boosting energy-efficiency in state-owned buildings and encouraging K-12 schools to do likewise pushed us onto the list.
Energy Star certified buildings use 35 percent less energy and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide than average buildings. To earn the Energy Star designation, buildings must out-perform 25 percent of buildings nationwide.Excerpt:
"Total, the EPA estimates Metro Detroit's green buildings combined to save an estimated $18.7 million in energy costs and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount produced by 17,400 homes.
Those figures were up across the board in Metro Detroit, where only 62 buildings qualified for the EPA designation in 2010."
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