Climate Clips: Tiny little D.C. has more green buildings than most states

The District has long been a leader in terms of green buildings — buildings that are highly efficient and require little energy to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In 2022, D.C. certified more green building square footage than any state — ten times more, in fact, than the closest competitor.

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Utility Dive
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Canary Media
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