Top 10 U.S. States For LEED-Certified Buildings

Last week,áthe 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 theáDistrict of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011. Coloradoáis 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,” saidáRick 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?

USGBC LEED Building States

Notable newly certified projects in 2011 include the U.S. Treasury Building ináWashington, D.C., which is distinguished as theáoldest LEED-certified project in the world; Frito-Lay ináLynchburg, Va., which earned LEED Gold for the operations and maintenance of an existing building; the LEED Silver Hard Rock CafÚ 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 ináSyracuse, N.Y.á; and the LEED Platinum Marquette Plaza ináMinneapolis, 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.”

InáDecember 2011, USGBC announced that LEED-certified existing buildings outpaced their newly built counterparts by 15 million square feet.

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago


Joan Mcallister
5 years ago

Good report, hope all the staes that are not on the list are sitting up and taking notice

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Carol P.
Carol P5 years ago

Wow. I knew DC was number one on this but had no idea they were so far ahead of the curve.

But I suppose when you consider the number of highly-educated people (politicians not necessarily included) that are concentrated in such a small area, it makes sense. They know that making buildings energy efficient saves money so it should be a part of any business plan.

Hannah L.
Hannah L.5 years ago

Good news.

Laurie D.
Laurie D5 years ago

YAY!! MORE please!

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 years ago

If we repeat 'GREEN' often enough, the naysayers might start believing it.

David Lam
David Lam5 years ago

Great article!

Dave C.
David C5 years ago

thank you...our new community clinic was LEED Silver....wished they would have built it green, but better than not....still takes the people working there to take advantage of the opportunities to recycle, bike/walk/bus, etc in addition to the lighting, etc....

jayasri amma
jayasri amma5 years ago

thank you