By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow
Every year USGBC relreases its annual list of Top 10 States for LEED (view the press release). All the states that make up the Top 10 list have done an extraordinary job promoting LEED and making sustainable solutions a priority. The per capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2015.
Massachusetts, with a population of 6,547,629 (as of 2010) had 19.85 million square ft. and 112 projects certified in 2015! All said and done, that's about 3.03 square feet certified per person in 2015, which is awesome news. The two states that beat us were Illinois and Maryland. The other 7 states on the list (in order) were Washington, Colorado, Nevada, California, Texas, Virginia, and Utah.
In 2014, we ranked 5th with 2.24 square feet certified per resident, 14.66 million total square foot certified, and 99 projects. The massive improvement shows the strides Massachusetts is making in completing more new projects and certifying more space each year, especially when compared with fellow rivals!
Illinois and Colorado, respectively, have 3.43 and 3.06 square feet certified per resident. This year, we're just a stone's throw from beating Colorado but it will take a much bigger thrust to pass Illinois if they post similar numbers. Let's keep making transforming our built environment and creating more green spaces!