New York has landed at number seven in the list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012.
In rankings issued by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), New York racked up 127,628,763 total square feet of LEED-certified space through 2012 — that’s 1.77 square feet per resident last year — standing behind Maryland, with 1.90 square feet, and in front of Washington, with 1.56 square feet.
“Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in New York,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, USGBC.
“From architects and designers to local chapter advocates, their collective efforts have brought sustainable building design and use to the forefront of New York’s discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of New York.”
Jodi Smits Anderson, chair, USGBC New York Upstate Chapter, added, “LEED is an incredibly flexible and inspiring instrument that has guided projects, informed legislation and state policy, and made facility managers and CFOs more aware of their role in well-performing built environments.”
Notable projects that certified in 2012 in New York include Destiny USA in Syracuse, the largest LEED certified super-regional shopping center in the country; National Football League (NFL) headquarters in New York City; Bloomberg LP headquarters in New York City and; Human Ecology Building at Cornell University in Ithaca.
Worldwide, more than 15,000 commercial projects have certified under LEED, with more than 35,000 additional projects in the pipeline, totaling more than 10.3 billion square feet of space.
The full list of the top 10 states and Washington, D.C., is as follows:
District of Columbia; Virginia; Colorado; Massachusetts; Illinois; Maryland; New York; Washington; California; Texas; Nevada.