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EPA Releases Top 25 Cities with Energy Star Buildings

Today the EPA released their annual top 25 metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified lightbulb energy starbuildings.

Three California cities are in the top ten with Los Angeles ranked 1st, San Francisco at 3rd, and Riverside is ranked 9th. According to the EPA, Los Angeles has been in the top spot since 2008.

California has a total of six cities on the list with Sacramento (12th), San Diego (19th), and San Jose (21st) making the Golden State the host with the most.

How do Energy Star buildings differ from buildings that carry LEED certification?

The Energy Star label was created by the EPA in 1992 as a “voluntary labeling program” for energy-efficient products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and it began with computers and monitors. Three years later the label included office equipment, residential heating and cooling equipment. In 1996 the Department of Energy joined the EPA to create the part of the program we are familiar with when we enter a store: the labeling of home appliances and electronics. The logo is now placed on over 60 different kinds of products.

Commercial and industrial buildings, and houses can also get the stamp of approval and currently 1.3 million new homes carry the designation.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a wider program run by the United States Green Building Council and is younger than Energy Star. Both certifications can be awarded to the same building and part of the LEED process includes having energy efficient appliances and fixtures.

The EPA says the energy usage in commercial buildings which includes K-12 schools, stores, and office buildings causes 20 percent of the country’s GHGs and costs more than $100 billion per year. Energy Star Certified buildings use 35 percent less energy, on average, and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide.

The savings Energy Star buildings have provided their owners on utility bills has been astronomical and is placed at about $230 billion. Monetary savings aren’t the only perk and these buildings have stopped 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution from being released.

"More and more organizations are discovering the value of Energy Star as they work to cut costs and reduce their energy use," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "This year marked the twentieth anniversary of the Energy Star program, and today Energy Star certified buildings in cities across America are helping to strengthen local economies and protect the planet for decades to come."

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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