By Grey Lee, Executive Director
Massachusetts continues to raise the bar for what it means to be not just #1 in LEED Green Building, but a state as a whole. In a report by U.S. News & World Report, Massachusetts has been ranked the #1 overall state, largely in part to the triumphs of education, health care, and economy. Coming in first place, Massachusetts continues to lead and succeed across sectors, delivering a higher quality of life to all our residents.
This is a testament to the ambition, drive, and leadership of countless individuals across the state who will settle for nothing less than being #1. It's thanks to everyone that we're excelling in so many facets of what it means to be a healthy and effective community, and we can keep the momentum moving forward.
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Massachusetts is #1 for energy efficiency. We have been #1 for six years! Link: http://database.aceee.org/state/massachusetts.
Measures to increase energy efficiency have led to reduced costs to businesses and families, less money leaving our economy to bring energy to us, and improved environmental quality. USGBC MA has participated in this by championing building certifications, energy benchmarking, and accessible financing for building improvements.
And again: we are #1 for green building certifications. The USGBC recently recognized Massachusetts as the top achiever of LEED in 2016 – more space was certified, per capita, in the Commonwealth, than any other state in the union. This was a total of over 24M s.f. of certified space! Link: https://usgbcma.org/blog/were-number-one.
Our mission now is to see net-positive results in all of our communities through creating better buildings. We appreciate everything our community does, and we're excited to work even harder to ensure we're #1 for years to come.