Yes, you read that correctly, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 green buildings ranking of American cities, Houston is #1 in Texas and #7 nationally. This is quite an accomplishment for the city deemed the “energy capital” of the U.S.
Laura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City of Houston, presented yesterday at the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, where she spoke about Houston’s Energy Efficiency in Buildings program and gave an update on the City’s efforts to improve not only City buildings, but also those in the private sector. Additionally, she detailed Mayor Annise Parker’s Green Office Challenge, which is a friendly competition for commercial property managers and office tenants that acknowledges participants’ achievements in greening their operations through Mayoral and media recognition.