Charlotte, N.C (June 15, 2021) –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked Charlotte No. 19 on its 2021 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR-certified buildings.
Cities were ranked according to how many buildings in their area achieved ENERGY STAR certification in 2020. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must earn a score of 75 or higher on a scale of 1 to 100, indicating that it is more energy-efficient than 75% of similar buildings nationwide. In 2020, 103 Charlotte-area buildings earned the ENERGY STAR certification.
The ranking confirms the Charlotte community’s commitment to following best practices, technical guidance and training, and becoming a leader in sustainability.
"This recognition by the EPA validates all the planning, implementation and dedication that has gone into our citywide sustainability efforts," said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. "I am so proud to be a top-rated ENERGY STAR city because our work to promote energy efficiency is also creating a cleaner environment for future generations."
Municipal-owned buildings such as Old City Hall and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Headquarters were among the buildings that helped Charlotte achieve this ranking.
In January 2021, Charlotte City Council passed the Sustainable Facilities Policy, plan to green the city’s municipal operations. The unanimously adopted policy directs city departments to design, construct, and operate city buildings in alignment with the
Strategic Energy Action Plan to have all city-owned buildings and fleet fueled by 100% zero carbon energy by 2030.
The City’s SEAP External Content Group is a group of community members and local organizations who are taking action to strive towards a low carbon future for Charlotte. One of the companies represented on the SEAP External Content Group, JLL, also has buildings that contributed to Charlotte’s ranking.
“As a Charlotte resident, I am incredibly proud that our city has been recognized by ENERGY STAR for its achievements in energy efficiency,” says Jennifer Fortenberry, Global Energy Product Manager for JLL. “ENERGY STAR certification is a crucial step in creating a more sustainable future for America’s cities. Real estate plays an invaluable role in reducing carbon emissions, so ensuring that buildings are performing their best and acting on the insights provided by industry-standard benchmarking tools like ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager will promise a safer, cleaner and healthier tomorrow.”
America’s leading cities are prioritizing energy efficiency among their commercial building stock. Cities like Charlotte continue to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of reducing energy use among buildings. ENERGY STAR-certified buildings use an average of 35% less energy and are responsible for 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools, hospitals, and retail stores.
For more information about the ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, visit
2021 Energy Star Top Cities.
For more information about the City of Charlotte and its sustainability initiatives read its
Strategic Energy Action Plan.