The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012. The list highlights those regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country.
The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion square feet of space has been certified worldwide through 2012.
"Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in these states," commented Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and 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 the national discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of their states."