- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation’s capital is now the top city in the country for energy-efficient buildings.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that the District of Columbia and its suburbs have earned the top spot on its list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings. Los Angeles had occupied the top spot every year since the program began in 2009.

The Energy Star program is designed to protect the environment by curbing energy consumption. To receive Energy Star certification, buildings must outperform 75 percent of buildings nationwide in terms of efficiency. The EPA says the Washington metropolitan area has 480 such buildings.

Tommy Wells, the acting director of the District Department of the Environment, says the city is proud to be a national leader in efficiency.

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