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The D named a top 10 leader in energy-efficient construction

Add another feather to your cap, Detroiters. Our city recently cracked the list of top 10 cities in terms of designating energy-efficient commercial buildings, released annually by the EPA. Coming in at number nine (up from 15 in 2009), 151 buildings were named Energy Star efficient in the Motor City during 2010, which adds up to 27.4 million square feet of environmentally-friendly floorspace and $18.7 million in cost savings. Los Angeles tops the list, but we still rank ahead of green-thinking cities like Portland, Seattle and Denver.

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In this case, that means commercial buildings that have earned an Energy Star rating that signifies they consume 35 percent less energy and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than average buildings. "Through their partnership with Energy Star, metropolitan areas across the U.S. are saving a combined $1.9 billion in energy costs every year while developing new ways to shrink energy bills and keep our air clean," EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson said in a statement.

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