The Kansas City metropolitan region emerged among the top 25 metropolitan areas in the country with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in 2012. Kansas City tied for 23rd place with Portland, OR, and is being recognized for its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save money through energy efficiency. In all, 82 local buildings met the Energy Star energy efficiency certification.
Fifty-three local schools are Energy Star certified buildings. Other notable buildings include the Kansas Speedway and Robert J. Dole U.S. Court House in Kansas City, KS; and the Charles Evans Whittaker Federal Court House and the Bolling Federal Building in Kansas City, MO. Six unrefrigerated warehouses, seven local Target stores, and eight other commercial buildings complete the local list.
These buildings’ owners and managers are cutting greenhouse gas emissions equal to emission from almost 29,000 homes while saving more than $14 million in annual utility bills.