With nearly 16 million square feet of space certified as LEEDS buildings – or 3.15 square feet per capita – last year, Colorado ranked second nationwide for green building, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The USGBC named the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Morgridge Family Exploration Center in Denver, which received a LEED Platinum certification, as a project of note. Colorado had 102 projects LEEDS certified in 2014.
Illinois took the No. 1 slot for the second consecutive year, with 174 projects covering 42,457,254 square feet – or 3.31 square feet per capita – becoming LEEDS certified last year.
Six of the eight states in the top 10 (IL, CO, MD, VA, MA and HI), which were also on the list in 2013, increased the amount of square feet of space they certified per resident in 2014. Colorado and Illinois are the only two states to make the list every year since 2010.
LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, ranking states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. The per-capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources; save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“LEED-certified buildings and the innovations they have driven contribute substantially to our national economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life in the communities where they are found,” says Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC.
The full ranking of the top 10 states for green building follows:
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