Courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency
By Winn Duvall
Kansas City was included in a list of twenty-five cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings for the first time in 2012. With eighty-two buildings that meet the requirement, Kansas City shares twenty-third place with Portland, Oregon, in the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual rankings. The Energy Star certification means that when compared to an average building, a certified building uses thirty-five percent less energy and produces thirty-five percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to local schools, retail stores, and commercial buildings, Kansas City’s Bolling Federal Building and the Charles Evans Whittaker Federal Court House also carry the distinction.