Top 10 States for LEED Certification

Fri, 2013-01-25 12:34

This week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2012 list of the top 10 states in the U.S for new LEED certifications. This list of the top states best portrays regions in the U.S. that are committed to transforming buildings and communities to become more sustainable and energy friendly.

In this release, Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair of USGBC, states that those who made the top 10 list have contributed to a “remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement.” The list is compiled from 2010 census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED.

The Winners

For the second year in a row, the District of Columbia tops the ranking, with 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012. This year, Virginia topped Colorado for the number two spot with 3.71 square feet certified per resident. Other states that moved up the list in 2012 include Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maryland.

The top 10 states, plus Washington D.C., are as follows:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Virginia
  3. Colorado
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Illinois
  6. Maryland
  7. New York
  8. Washington
  9. California
  10. Texas
  11. Nevada

Contributing Projects

In this release, the USGBC included notable projects that were certified in 2012, some of which include the National Football League’s corporate headquarters in New York, N.Y, the Levi Strauss headquarters located in California, and the U.S. Mint Building in Washington, D.C.

Here at Everblue, the USGBC’s list is very exciting and encouraging for us! As a sustainable training institute that specializes in providing professionals in all fields with an education in LEED training and accreditation, we are happy that the list of these top states is growing. It is our goal to increase the number of LEED accredited professionals and to assist them as they work on LEED-registered projects. The year-over-year growth of LEED will surely guide us to a more sustainable way of life!

By Nick McAndrew

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