Washington DC Leads List of Top States for LEED Green Buildings

Washington, D.C., followed by Nevada and New Mexico, lead the U.S. Green Building Council's first listing of the top states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional building square footage per capita.

The USGBC released the list today. It's based on 2010 U.S. Census information and statistics on commercial and institutional properties that had attained certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards before the year closed.

"Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers 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," said USGBC SVP of LEED Scot Horst in a statement. "2010 was a difficult year for most of the building industry, but in many areas, the hunger for sustainable development kept the markets moving."

The organization has compiled statistics for several years on the cities and states with the most LEED-certified projects, according to USGBC Communications Manager Ashley Katz. The council put together the list of states comparing certified commercial and institutional square footage per capita to "showcase the growth of green building across the country over the past year," she wrote in an email responding to a question from GreenBiz.com. "We'll likely continue to do this every year because it definitely captures an interesting snapshot of the state of green building."

The ranking was intended as a top 10 list, but with the District of Columbia in the No. 1 position, the USGBC included that district and the top 10 states in its tally.  Here is the USGBC's list showing the district and the states with the greatest amount of certified commercial and institutional square footage per person for 2010:

1. District of Columbia: 25.15 sf
2. Nevada: 10.92 sf
3. New Mexico: 6.35 sf
4. New Hampshire: 4.49 sf
5. Oregon: 4.07 sf
6. South Carolina: 3.19 sf
7. Washington: 3.16 sf
8. Illinois: 3.09 sf
9. Arkansas: 2.9 sf
10. Colorado: 2.85 sf
11. Minnesota: 2.77 sf


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