MN Among Top 10 States For Green Building
Minnesota has been named a leader in sustainable building projects, according to a list recently released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The USGBC—a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for sustainable building—created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program to measure sustainable building design, construction, maintenance, and operations.
To calculate its “Top 10 States for LEED” list, the USGBC used 2010 U.S. Census data to determine how many square feet of LEED-certified space a state has per capita. The USGBC included commercial and institutional “green” building projects that were LEED-certified in 2013.
According to the USGBC, roughly 1,777 commercial and institutional construction projects were LEED-certified in the top 10 states in 2013. In total, those projects consisted of 226.8 million square feet of space. Meanwhile, 4,642 projects (consisting of 596.8 million square feet total) worldwide were certified last year.
Minnesota ranked 10th on the list, with 1.55 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident in 2013. The state reported 51 LEED-certified projects last year, which amounted to 8.2 million square feet of construction space.
Illinois ranked first on the list with 2.29 square feet of LEED space per resident and 171 LEED-certified projects amounting to 29.4 million square feet in 2013. Maryland ranked second, with 2.2 square feet per resident and 119 certified projects totaling 12.7 million square feet of space. Virginia ranked third, with 2.1 square feet per resident and 160 projects totaling 16.9 million square feet.
Click here to see the other states that made the USGBC’s list.
Rick Fedrizzi—president, CEO, and founding chair of the USGBC—said that the “Top 10 States for LEED” list indicates the growing trend of using sustainable building practices.
“As the economy recovers, green buildings continue to provide for jobs at every professional level and skill set, from carpenters to architects,” Fedrizzi said in a statement, “I congratulate everyone in these states whose contributions to resources saved, toxins eliminated, greenhouse gases avoided, and human health enhanced help guarantee a prosperous future for our planet and the people who call it home.”
Currently, more than 57,000 commercial and institutional construction projects are part of the LEED certification program, totaling 10.5 billion square feet of construction space in 147 countries, according to the USGBC.