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2012 Top Ten States for LEED Certified Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its top ten LEED states for 2012. The list highlights states that are transforming buildings and communities across the country.

“Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in these states,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “From architects and designers to local chapter advocates, their collective efforts have brought sustainable building design and use to the forefront of the national discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of their states.”

And the winners are:

Rank State Projects Certified in 2012 Sq ft of LEED Space Certified in 2012 Per- capita*
1 District of Columbia 110 22,246,445 36.97
2 Virginia 170 29,709,574 3.71
3 Colorado 99 10,553,881 2.10
4 Massachusetts 106 13,395,597 2.05
5 Illinois 156 24,949,997 1.94
6 Maryland 127 10,954,324 1.90
7 New York 214 34,378,286 1.77
8 Washington 133 10,521,177 1.56
9 California 540 54,252,993 1.46
10 Texas 224 36,017,979 1.43
11 Nevada 29 3,741,941 1.39

* The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion square feet of space has been certified worldwide through 2012.

Significant projects that were LEED certified in 2012 include:

  • Atlantic Wharf, the first LEED Platinum skyscraper in Boston
  • Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, Va., the first winery on the East Coast to achieve LEED Platinum
  • National Football League (NFL) corporate headquarters in New York City, LEED Gold
  • Levi Strauss headquarters in San Francisco, LEED Gold
  • The Chicago Center for Green Technology, a LEED Platinum existing building
  • Dallas Convention Center Hotel, the first LEED Gold hotel in Texas
  • The U.S. Mint Building in Washington, D.C., LEED Gold
  • Denver Police Crime Lab, LEED Gold
  • Montgomery College Science Center in Rockville, Md., LEED Gold
  • The Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, Wash., LEED Platinum
  • Bonneville Transit Center in Las Vegas, LEED Platinum


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