Illinois Named Top LEED State in 2013
Illinois headed the Top 10 States for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) ranking released on February 18 by the U.S. Green Building Council. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data, and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2013. Among states, Illinois moved into the top position for LEED, certifying 171 projects representing 2.29 square feet of LEED space per resident. The LEED green building rating system is used to certify sustainable structures worldwide.
The others making the Top 10 were Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, California, Oregon, North Carolina, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. The mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia was cited as the top region. See the U.S. Green Building Council news release.