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      KC among top metros for energy-efficient buildings

      Other Energy Star-certified buildings include the Kansas Speedway racetrack and the federal courthouses in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

      The two-state Kansas City metropolitan area has been ranked in the top 25 nationally for having the highest number of federally certified energy-efficient buildings.

      The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that Kansas City tied for 23rd place with Portland, Ore.

      The EPA says 82 buildings in the Kansas City area met the Energy Star certification last year.

      On the Kansas side, they include schools in Olathe, Overland Park, Kansas City, Lenexa, Shawnee and Leawood. Schools in Blue Springs, Lee's Summit and Kearney, Mo., also made the list.

      Other Energy Star-certified buildings include the Kansas Speedway racetrack and the federal courthouses in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

      The EPA estimates the buildings saved $14 million in energy costs and avoided emissions equivalent to electricity use in 29,000 homes.