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USGBC Announces Top 10 States for LEED, 2015
Illinois Keeps the Top Spot


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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 recently announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED. The rankings are determined by per capita certified green square feet. Washington, D.C., is excluded from the list due to its status as a federal territory.

Now in its sixth year, the ranking looks at total square feet of LEED-certified space per resident, based on U.S. Census data, and includes commercial and institutional green building projects certified throughout 2015. USGBC calculates the list using per capita figures as a measure of the human element of green building. This also allows for fair comparisons among states with significant differences in population and number of buildings.

Illinois retained its top national position for the third year in a row, with 161 LEED certifications representing 3.43 square feet of certified space per resident. Illinois and Colorado are the only two states to have made the list every year since 2010.

The full ranking is as follows:
  1. Illinois, with 3.43 certified square feet per capita

  2. Maryland, with 3.06 certified square feet per capita

  3. Massachusetts, with 3.03 certified square feet per capita

  4. Washington, with 2.60 certified square feet per capita

  5. Colorado, with 2.43 certified square feet per capita

  6. Nevada, with 2.42 certified square feet per capita

  7. California, with 2.34 certified square feet per capita

  8. Texas, with 2.09 certified square feet per capita

  9. Virginia, with 1.63 certified square feet per capita

  10. Utah, with 1.63 certified square feet per capita

Washington, D.C., would top the chart with 19.30 certified square feet per capita in 2015.

Utah is brand new to the list this year; Texas, Washington and Nevada have returned after three consecutive years off the list.

Collectively, 1,633 commercial and institutional projects became LEED-certified within the Top 10 States for LEED in 2015, representing 274.9 million square feet of real estate. Worldwide, 4,837 projects were certified in 2015, representing 818.9 million square feet.

"Green construction is quickly outpacing conventional construction in the U.S.," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. "LEED has become an essential tool for the transformation of building design and construction. By recognizing these states excelling in the use of LEED, we are celebrating the green building professionals, architects, business, policy and community leaders who work tirelessly to design and develop innovative solutions toward a healthier, more sustainable future. LEED construction drives economic growth, creates jobs and makes communities greener."

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