EPA's green buildings list ranks D.C. area No. 2 in nation

Perhaps Washington is an efficient place after all.

The D.C. area took the No. 2 spot in a nationwide survey of metropolitan regions with energy-efficient buildings, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which plans to publish the results Tuesday.

Washington's second-place ranking for 2009 is a boost from the previous year, when the area placed fourth on the EPA list. The region now has 204 commercial buildings that have earned the government's "Energy Star" rating, up from 136 in 2008. Los Angeles has been at the top of the list since the EPA began the survey in 2008; the city claimed 293 energy-efficient buildings for the most recent count.

"This will come as a surprise to many people outside of Washington because they don't think of Washington as a green city," said Cliff Majersik, executive director of the D.C.-based Institute for Market Transformation, a nonprofit group focused on energy-efficient building practices.

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