Texas Makes Top Ten List of Greenest States

On Jan. 19, 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, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with Colorado being the leading state, and Texas among nine other states.

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Washington, DC – (Jan. 19, 2012) –

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011, with Colorado being the leading state, with 2.74 square feet per person in 2011.

Other top states include Illinois, Virginia and Washington, with 2.69, 2.42 and 2.18 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, respectively. The top LEED states per capita, including the District of Columbia:

District of Columbia
18,954,022 sf. of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 31.50

Colorado
13,803,113 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 2.74

Illinois
34,567,585 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 2.69

Virginia
19,358,193 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 2.42

Washington
14,667,558 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 2.18

Maryland
11,970,869 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 2.07

Massachusetts
13,087,625 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 2.00

Texas
50,001,476 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 1.99

California
71,551,296 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 1.92

New York
36,538,981 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 1.89

Minnesota
9,591,445 of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011
Per capita: 1.81

“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.”

LEED is the internationally recognized mark of green building excellence, with more than 44,000 projects commercial projects participating, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, more than 16,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 67,000 more homes registered.

“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.”

Notable newly certified projects in 2011 include the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C., which is distinguished as the oldest LEED-certified project in the world; the LEED-Platinum Casey Middle School in Boulder, Colo.; the iconic Wrigley Building in Chicago, Ill.; Frito-Lay in Lynchburg, Va., which earned LEED Gold for the operations and maintenance of an existing building; the LEED Silver Hard Rock Café in Seattle, Wash.; Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md.; Yawkey Distribution Center of The Greater Boston Food Bank in Mass.; the LEED Gold Austin Convention Center in TX; SFO’s LEED Gold Terminal 2 in San Francisco, Calif.; the LEED-Platinum Hotel Skylar in Syracuse, N.Y.; and the LEED Platinum Marquette Plaza in Minneapolis, Minn.

In December 2011, USGBC announced that LEED-certified existing buildings outpaced their newly built counterparts by 15 million square feet on a cumulative basis. A focus on heightened building performance through green operations and maintenance is essential to cost-effectively driving improvements in the economy and the environment.

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.



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