LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification has exploded in recent years, and has moved from the fringes of the building industry to the mainstream. The U.S. has the most LEED projects worldwide, with more than 44,000 registered and certified projects to date.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual Top 10 list of LEED-friendly U.S. states. The USGBC ranks the states based on the amount of LEED-certified commercial and institutional building space in each state and their relative populations. There are some surprises on the list – California, known for pushing the envelope when it comes to sustainability, doesn’t appear until halfway down the list. Instead, the East Coast dominates the 2013 list with four of its states in the top five.
Here are the 10 states that the USGBC says are driving the movement towards a better, healthier, more sustainable future:
- New York, California (tie)
- North Carolina
Here at Griffin & Company, we’re doing what we can to get Washington, D.C. on the list. We designed our offices around LEED standards and have been a member of the USGBC for 8 years now. We‘re excited to see if the district makes the cut next year!