The USGBC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable and green building design, has announced the top 10 states for LEED green building per capita in the nation.
The U.S. Green Building Council has announced the top 10 states for LEED green building per capita in the nation. Now in its fifth year, the per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014.
Illinois leads among all states for the second consecutive year with 174 LEED certifications representing 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. Two newcomers to the list, Georgia and Arizona, show that 2014 was a year of major growth for LEED in the South and Southwest regions of the country, while the continued strong performance of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia have helped the mid-Atlantic region remain the epicenter of green building across the country.
Washington, D.C., which is not included on the official list of top states due to its status as a federal territory, is notable as it continues to lead the nation with 29.44 square feet of space per resident certified in 2014. Maryland and Virginia finished third and fourth respectively, and both states increased their per capita totals to 2.70 and 2.33 square feet of LEED space per resident in 2014.
2014's list had the highest average (2.34) of per capita space certified per resident per state since 2010, and the second highest average to date. Six of the eight states (Ill., Colo., Md., Va., Mass. and Hawaii), which were also on the list in 2013, increased the amount of square feet of space they certified per resident in 2014. Illinois and Colorado are the only two states to make the list every year since 2010.
USGBC calculates the list using per-capita figures as a measure of the human element of green building, allowing for a fair comparison of the level of green building taking place among states with significant differences in population and, accordingly, number of overall buildings.
Notable projects certified in these states in 2014 include:
• Illinois: The Aon Center, a 3.2 million-square-foot tower in Chicago owned by Jones Lang LaSalle, LEED Silver
• Colorado: Denver Museum of Nature & Science's Morgridge Family Exploration Center in Denver, LEED Platinum
• Maryland: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Building 26 in Greenbelt, LEED Gold
• Virginia: University of Mary Washington's Technology Convergence Center in Fredericksburg, LEED Silver
• Massachusetts: Winchester Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Center in Winchester, LEED Gold
• Hawaii: City Financial Tower in Honolulu, LEED Gold
• California: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, LEED Gold
• Georgia: The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, LEED Silver
• Minnesota: Wells Fargo Center in Minneapolis, LEED Gold
• Arizona: Arizona State University Health Services renovation in Tempe, LEED Platinum
• New York: Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, LEED Platinum
Collectively, 1,662 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the top 10 states in 2014, representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. Worldwide, 4,502 projects were certified in 2014, representing 675.7 million square feet.
More than 26,600 projects representing 3.6 billion square feet of space have been LEED-certified to date, with another 42,000 projects representing 8.8 billion square feet in the pipeline for certification.
For more information about the USGBC, please visit usgbc.org.
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