The USGBC Anounces Top Ten Leed-Certified States

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The top ten list of states engaged in LEED-certified building projects in 2010 was just released by the U.S. Green Building Council. The council looked at commercial and institutional green buildings all over the country, measuring square footage on a per capita (or per person) basis. The District of Columbia leads with 25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person. As far as the states go, in 2010, Nevada follows with 10.92 square feet per person. While Illinois ranked 8th on the list, with 3.09 square feet per capita, as of 2010, Chicago alone has 124 certified buildings. According to Scot Horst, USGBC, Senior Vice President of LEED, “using the per capita, versus the traditional number of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us, that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most.”

The 2010 Top LEED-Certified States Per Capita

(Including The District Of Columbia):

1) District of Columbia – 25.15 square feet per capita

2) Nevada – 10.92 square feet per capita

3) New Mexico – 6.35 square feet per capita

4) New Hampshire – 4.49 square feet per capita

5) Oregon – 4.07 square feet per capita

6) South Carolina – 3.19 square feet per capita

7) Washington – 3.16 square feet per capita

8) Illinois – 3.09 square feet per capita

9) Arkansas – 2.9 square feet per capita

10) Colorado – 2.85 square feet per capita

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary certification program that can be applied to any building type to promote a holistic approach to sustainability. This certification recognizes performance in key areas; specifically, energy savings, water efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Other Noteworthy LEED-Certified Projects in 2010

Notably LEED-certified projects in 2010 include:

  • IMF (International Monetary Fund) headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Parc Huron Apartments complex in Chicago
  • Barcelona Elementary School in Albuquerque New Mexico
  • Frito Lay facilitity in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Centennials Hills Library in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Edina Crosstown Medical Building in Edina, Minnesota
  • Susitna Valley Jr/Sr High School in Talkeetna, Arkansas
  • The Allison Inn Hotel & Spa, Newberg, Oregon
  • KPMG/Greenville in South Carolina
  • Bank of America, Fifth Avenue Plaza in Seattle, Washington

What are your thoughts on this survey by the US Green Building Council. Do you think the “square foot per capita” model adequately measures the human impact of LEED-certification? Is your city doing enough to encourage LEED-certification in new construction and renovation? Share your thoughts and register at the top of the page to receive updates from US Green.


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