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New York ranked tenth in annual USGBC list of green states

New York State has ranked tenth in the annual Top 10 States for LEED listing produced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The USGB list ranking states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident.

One Bryant Park is one of the city's more environmentally friendly skyscrapers
One Bryant Park is one of the city’s more environmentally friendly skyscrapers

The per-capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“Every story about a green building is a story about people,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC.
“USGBC’s annual recognition of the Top 10 States for LEED goes beyond gross square feet or number of projects and factors in LEED’s potential in a given state to be part of the daily life of the state’s residents. This per-capita approach tells a great story about how LEED has become an important benchmark in the transformation of the nation’s built environment.

“LEED certified buildings and the innovations they have driven contribute substantially to our national economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life in the communities where they are found. We commend the business and community leaders, policy makers and green building professionals in each of these states for making the commitment to create a healthier, more sustainable future.”
Now in its fifth year, the per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014.

Illinois retained its top national position for the second year in a row, with 174 LEED certifications representing 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident.
Two newcomers to the list, Georgia and Arizona, show that 2014 was a year of major growth for LEED in the South and Southwest regions of the country, while the continued strong performance of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia have helped the mid-Atlantic region remain the epicenter of green building across the country.

Washington, D.C., which is not included on the official list of top states due to its status as a federal territory, is notable as it continues to lead the nation with 29.44 square feet of space per resident certified in 2014.
Maryland and Virginia finished third and fourth respectively, and both states increased their per capita totals to 2.70 and 2.33 square feet of LEED space per resident in 2014.

2014’s list had the highest average (2.34) of per capita space certified per resident per state since 2010, and the second highest average to date. Six of the eight states (IL, CO, MD, VA, MA and HI), which were also on the list in 2013, increased the amount of square feet of space they certified per resident in 2014.

Illinois and Colorado are the only two states to make the list every year since 2010.
Despite earning 250 LEED certifications last year, New York ranks 10th with 1.74 square of green space per resident.


The Green Building Council sent us the following clarification:

An important bit of clarification, NYC is not ranked as this is a state ranking, and it is based on per capita numbers and LEED certifications in a given year, so this is a snapshot from 2014 looking at the number of LEED certifications and number of people (based on 2010 census data) throughout the state in 2014. As state-based rankings, there are of course a significant number of projects, year after year, based throughout NY contributing to New York’s overall ranking over time. New York State and New York City continue to be green building leaders, having now made our Top 10 States for LEED list for four consecutive years. While the number of actual projects certified each year does fluctuate, LEED’s popularity in New York has been remarkably strong and continues to grow, which translates to a consistent and strong per capita ranking every year.  

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