USGBC Releases List of Top States for LEED-Certified Buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2010 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on 2010 U.S. Census information. The District of Columbia led the nation with 25 sq ft of LEED-certified space per person in 2010, while Nevada was the leading state with 10.92 sq ft per person in 2010. Other top states included New Mexico, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

The list includes:

  • District of Columbia: 25.15 sq ft
  • Nevada: 10.92 sq ft
  • New Mexico: 6.35 sq ft
  • New Hampshire: 4.49 sq ft
  • Oregon: 4.07 sq ft
  • South Carolina: 3.19 sq ft
  • Washington: 3.16 sq ft
  • Illinois: 3.09 sq ft
  • Arkansas: 2.9 sq ft
  • Colorado: 2.85 sq ft
  • Minnesota: 2.77 sq ft

More than 40,000 projects currently are participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than 7.9 billion sq ft of construction space in 50 states and 117 countries.

Notable newly certified projects in 2010 include the Susitna Valley Jr./Sr. High School in Talkeetna, Ark.; the Wells Fargo Center in Denver, Colo.; the two International Monetary Fund headquarters buildings in Washington, D.C.; the Edina Crosstown Medical Building in Edina, Minn.; Barcelona Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M.; Centennial Hills Library in Las Vegas, Nev.; The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore.; KPMG in Greenville, S.C.; and multiple fire stations and the Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza in Seattle, Wash.

Of the projects represented on the list, commercial-office buildings were the most common project type and for-profit organizations were the most common owner type. The cities most represented on the list were Chicago and Washington, D.C.

For the full list of LEED-certified projects visit

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