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For the third year in a row, D.C. tops the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star-certified buildings, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Energy and Environment announced Monday.

The 2017 Top Cities list ranks metropolitan areas according to the number of buildings earning Energy Star certification in 2016. To qualify, a building must outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide by earning an Energy Star score of 75 or higher on a 100-point scale. From 2009 to 2014, Los Angeles held the top spot until D.C. took the title in 2015. In 2016, 790 local buildings earned an Energy Star rating, an increase of 104 buildings over 2015.

Last year, D.C.’s Energy Star buildings helped the District save $167 million in total energy costs and avoid over 716,000 tons of greenhouse gases, the equivalent of taking over 151,000 passenger vehicles off the road.

“Washington, D.C., is honored to top EPA’s 2017 Top Cities list,” Bowser said. “We continue to be a national leader in energy efficiency and green building, and these efforts by the private sector are critical to achieving our Sustainable DC goals. Washington, D.C., is committed to being a leader on issues related to climate change, and we will continue taking steps to lower our energy costs while building more sustainable and resilient neighborhoods.”

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