It might not be as entertaining as the old late-night Jay Leno countdowns, but the List of Top 10 States for LEED Green Building, released last week by the USGBC for LEED-certified commercial and institutional buildings, makes up for it in excitement, at least among the A&D crowd riding the sustainability bandwagon. And some of the states on the list are quite the surprise.
Washington D.C. tops the list with 25 sq. ft. of LEED-certified space per person (what a fantastic example for government policy!). In a not-so-close second is Nevada at 10.92 sq.-ft. per person, follow by Nevada (10.92 sq. ft.), New Mexico (6.35 sq. ft.), and
New Hampshire (4.49 sq. ft.).
The others rounding out the list included:
• 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
It’s great to see, despite economic hardships over the last several years, that green building still is maintaining its priority position (after all, sustainability isn’t usually the most budget-friendly way to go). Over 40,000 projects currently are participating in the LEED rating systems and comprise a total over 7.9 billion sq. ft. of construction space in all 50 states and 117 countries (You can view the full list of LEED projects at the USGBC Web site).
I am, however, a little surprised to see that California didn’t make the cut, especially in all the state’s green news during the last year–such as the state’s plans for the nation’s largest net-zero energy facility, the California Dream Week event, and the launch of the Green Products Innovation Institute. Where there any states that you think should have made the list, but didn’t? What states do you think need to amp up their green game?