Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico were the top three states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) list of top 10 states, released today. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with 25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person. Nevada had 10.92 square feet per person in 2010. Other top states include New Mexico, New Hampshire and Oregon with more than 6 and 4 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, respectively. The cities most represented in the list were Chicago and Washington, D.C.
“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 senior vice president Scot Horst. “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 top LEED states per capita, including the District of Columbia:
- District of Columbia: 25.15 sf
- Nevada: 10.92 sf
- New Mexico: 6.35 sf
- New Hampshire: 4.49 sf
- Oregon: 4.07 sf
- South Carolina: 3.19 sf
- Washington: 3.16 sf
- Illinois: 3.09 sf
- Arkansas: 2.9 sf
- Colorado: 2.85 sf
- Minnesota: 2.77 sf
More than 40,000 projects are participating in the USGBC’s LEED green building certification system, comprising more than 7.9 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 117 countries. Nearly 10,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, and nearly 45,000 more homes are registered. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community, the USGBC states.