Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita.
Using data from the 2010 census, it was found that the District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011. Colorado is the leading state, with 2.74 square feet of green building space per person in 2011.
“Looking past the bricks and mortar, people are at the heart of what buildings are all about,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “Examining the per capita value of LEED square footage in these states allows us to focus on what matters most – the human element of green buildings.”
Below is the complete list of Top 10 U.S. States for LEED-Certified Buildings…is your state on the list?
Notable newly certified projects in 2011 include the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C., which is distinguished as the oldest LEED-certified project in the world; Frito-Lay in Lynchburg, Va., which earned LEED Gold for the operations and maintenance of an existing building; the LEED Silver Hard Rock Café inSeattle, Wash.; Yawkey Distribution Center of The Greater Boston Food Bank in Mass.; the LEED Gold Austin Convention Center in TX; the LEED-Platinum Hotel Skylar in Syracuse, N.Y. ; and the LEED Platinum Marquette Plaza in Minneapolis, Minn.
“Our local green building chapters from around the country have been instrumental in accelerating the adoption of green building policies and initiatives that drive construction locally,” continued Fedrizzi. “These states should be recognized for working to reinvent their local building landscapes with buildings that enliven and bolster the health of our environment, communities and local economies.”
In December 2011, USGBC announced that LEED-certified existing buildings outpaced their newly built counterparts by 15 million square feet.
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