September 21, 2023

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC; Washington, D.C.) launched its annual rating of U.S. states main the best way on inexperienced constructing. The record relies on LEED-certified gross sq. footage per capita over the previous yr.

In 2022, Massachusetts topped the rating with 96 buildings encompassing greater than 26 million sq. toes, or 3.7 LEED-certified sq. toes per resident.

“It was a powerful yr for LEED certifications throughout the U.S. as corporations and governments embrace LEED as a software for assembly ESG targets and organizational commitments to local weather motion, occupant well-being, and useful resource effectivity,” Peter Templeton, USGBC president and CEO, stated in a launch.

“LEED buildings are environmentally pleasant, slicing their emissions and waste, and use much less power and water. On the identical time, in addition they assist cut back operational and upkeep prices, contributing to the underside line.”

Rounding out the highest 5 states had been Illinois, New York, California, and Maryland. As a federal territory, Washington, D.C., doesn’t seem within the official record however outperformed all states by certifying 46 sq. toes of house per resident throughout 115 inexperienced constructing tasks.

In whole for 2022, the highest 10 states licensed 1,225 tasks and almost 353 million gross sq. toes below LEED. For extra data, go to