Top 10 States for LEED in 2013

Last Updated:
Fri, 2014-08-01 10:06

On Feb. 18, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual report of the top states for LEED certification. The report highlights regions around the country that have continued to make a difference by creating healthier and higher performing buildings in their communities. LEED-certified buildings utilize less energy, save money for businesses and taxpayers, and contribute to an overall healthier environment for its occupants.

The Top 10
The USGBC calculates the list using per-capita figures as a measure of the human element of green building. The full rankings are as follows:

  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York (tie for 5th)
  • California (tie for 5th)
  • Oregon
  • North Carolina
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Minnesota

The Rise of LEED

Oregon, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Minnesota are all newcomers to the 2014 list, when compared to last year's list. Oregon certified 47 projects in 2013; Hawaii has arguably one of the most sustainable communities with the LEED-ND Platinum-rated Ward Village, and North Carolina was home to the first ever brewery to attain a LEED Gold rating in Mother Earth Brewing Company.

Cumulatively, there are now more than 20,000 projects that have been certified worldwide, with another 37,000 awaiting certification. To learn more about LEED, or how to contribute to these new projects in your state visit our LEED exam prep page!

By Nick McAndrew




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