Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency

Building construction and renovation have wide-ranging impacts ranging from the sources of building materials to energy use to water consumption. There are several leading sustainability certifications for buildings, including:

  • EnergyStar certified buildings for commercial buildings (39 in Cleveland as of Sept. 2019);
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings for residential and commercial buildings; 
  • Cleveland 2030 District participation;
  • Enterprise Green Communities Certification for new residential buildings meeting the Cleveland Green Building Standard; and
  • ACEEE's rankings comparing Cleveland to other cities in supporting energy efficiency (Cleveland currently ranks 27th out of 75 large American cities).









ACEEE's Energy Efficiency Ranking 


Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Cleveland 2030 District; City of Cleveland; U.S. Green Building Council; American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy


*Updated 02/19/2021