Energy and Global Climate Change in New England
Boston Ranks Eleventh in EPA's Top 25 U.S. Cities with the Most ENERGY STAR Buildings
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy efficient buildings in 2008 that have earned EPA's ENERGY STAR. The list is headed by Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St Paul, Atlanta, and Seattle. New England had 100 buildings earn the Energy Star label in 2008 and 79 of them were in the Boston metropolitan area.
New England's award winning buildings represent over 33 million square feet, save an estimated $50 million annually in lower energy bills, and avoid over 140,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This is equal to taking almost 90,000 vehicles off the road. ENERGY STAR buildings and plants are America's energy all-stars – they save more, use less and reduce green house gases.
Commercial buildings account for almost 18 percent of our nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Building owners can earn the ENERGY STAR label when they score in the top 25 percent on EPA's energy performance rating system which calculates scores based on actual energy use. With interest in energy efficiency growing, ENERGY STAR offers easy-to-use tools and guidelines that can help building owners and managers in the United States realize significant energy and dollar savings.
In 2008, the number of ENERGY STAR qualified buildings and plants across the U.S. is up more than 130 percent from 2007- totaling more than 3,300 buildings and plants in 2008. Across the country buildings and plants have saved more than $ 1.1 billion in energy costs and reduced more than 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions- savings equal to the electricity use of more than 1 million homes for a year. These buildings include private and government office buildings, hotels, K-12 schools, and even college residence halls and town halls.
America's interest in environmentally friendly buildings is growing, and superior energy efficiency — identified by the ENERGY STAR — is a critical element of a green building. Buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR are the top performers for energy efficiency nationwide. EPA started the Energy Star program in 1992. Now a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR is a voluntary partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency.
Profiles for ENERGY STAR labeled buildings in New England that submitted information to EPA can be found below. These profiles were prepared by the operators of the buildings and detail some of the energy efficiency measures that have been implemented in these buildings.
Met Life- Warwick, Warwick, RI (PDF) (1 pg, 110 K)
Kohl's Department Stores (PDF) (1 pg, 67 K)
10405- Branford, Branford, CT
10503- Manchester, Manchester, CT
10640- Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill, CT
Glastonbury Corporate Center, Glastonbury, CT (PDF) (1 pg, 56 K)
Greenwich Office Park- Two, Greenwich, CT (PDF) (1 pg, 177 K)
Strategic Building Solutions, Old Saybrook, CT (PDF) (1 pg, 81 K)
101 and One Main Street, Cambridge, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 99 K)
101 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA (PDF) (2 pp, 86 K)
175 Berkeley St. (0001), Boston, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 77 K)
900 Cummings Center, Beverly, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 118 K)
Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 136 K)
Arlington Banking Center, Arlington, MA
Bedford Banking Center, Bedford, MA
Burlington Banking Center, Burlington, MA
Lexington Banking Center, Lexington, MA
Jones Lang LaSalle Buildings (PDF) (4 pp, 290 K)
99 High Street, Boston, MA
110, 112 & 114 Westboro Executive Park, Westboro, MA
125 Cambridge Park, Cambridge, MA
150 Cambridge Drive, Cambridge, MA
2 Canal Park, Cambridge, MA
73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
55 Hayden Ave, Lexington, MA
BNY Mellon Financial, Everett, MA
One Financial Center, Boston, MA
One Charles Park, Cambridge, MA
One Research Drive, Westborough, MA
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Weston, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 52 K)
NSTAR Corporate Headquarters, Westwood, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 136 K)
Prudential Tower, Boston, MA (PDF) (3 pp, 113 K)
The John Hancock Tower, Boston, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 77 K)
Wellfleet MA Town Hall, Wellfleet, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 99 K)
Cape Elizabeth Town Hall, Cape Elizabeth, ME (PDF) (1 pg, 192 K)