Southern California tops EPA's green buildings rankings

Southern California ranked first for the second straight year with the highest number of energy-efficient buildings, meriting the EPA's Energy Star standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

Some 296 energy-efficient buildings were either built or remodeled, including Arena Corporate Center in Anaheim, Maguire Properties Lantana West in Santa Monica, Legacy Oceangate Tower in Long Beach, an office building located at 501 W. Broadway in San Diego, and the Trident Center in Los Angeles.

"These cities see the importance of taking action on climate change,'' said Gina McCarthy of the EPA. "Communities from Los Angeles to Louisville are reducing greenhouse gases and cutting energy bills with buildings that have earned EPA's Energy Star.''

Energy efficiency saves building owners money and fights climate change, she said.

EPA first issued its ranking of regions with the most Energy Star-labeled buildings last year. This year, Southern California remains in first place; the District of Columbia picks up second; Denver and Chicago move into the top five; and New York City is new to the top 10.

The complete list of energy efficient buildings is available at energystar.gov/buildinglist.