The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Energy Star list, which ranks cities across the country according to the number of certified green buildings they have, lists Ohio 21st this year, according to The Hannah Report. The list uses Energy Star certification. In order for a building to achieve this, it must "demonstrate more energy efficiency than similar buildings nationwide." Columbus had 77 Energy Star buildings in 2013, which the EPA estimates "represent an annual cost saving of $11.6 million, and their use prevented the equivalent electricity use emissions of 12,100 homes," the article said. Ohio's energy efficiency certifications have been a driving force behind the investment in the construction of these buildings. However, Ohio Sen. Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 25 in November to urge state agencies to use standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) instead of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) v4 standards. Supporters of the resolution argue that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has strayed from its original focus on energy efficiency to outright banning certain products due to unfounded toxicity claims. It passed the Senate last month, but now Sen. Uecker has requested that the House wait until after summer break to consider the bill (See our March 31, 2014, blog post for more information). For more, read the full news release.