Colorado has placed second in the U.S Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual list of the top 10 states in the country for LEED. The most commonly used and recognized building rating system is LEED.
The rankings are based on a per-capita bases where states rank higher for the strides made in sustainable building design. Buildings that obtain the LEED certification use fewer resources and have a reduced level of carbon emissions and ultimately create a healthier environment.
“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.”
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. Colorado certified 102 projects representing 15,816,498 square feet of real estate, or 3.15 square feet per resident, in 2014.
“It is no surprise that the Centennial State continues to be a trailblazer for LEED certifications, and we are so proud to have made significant strides in the 2014 rankings earning the No. 2 position on the list,” said Sharon Alton, executive director of the USGBC Colorado Chapter. “From cutting edge projects like Union Station that are reimagining Denver’s downtown to the Colorado Convention Center which showcases sustainability for visitors to our state, Coloradoans have always prioritized the health of our built environment.”
Projects that certified in Colorado in 2014 include:
- The Colorado Convention Center in Denver, recertified LEED Gold
- Kaiser Permanente Lone Tree Medical Offices in Lone Tree, LEED Silver
- University of Colorado’s Kittredge Central Hall in Boulder, LEED Gold
- 1900 Sixteenth Street in Denver, LEED Platinum
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Morgridge Family Exploration Center in Denver, LEED Platinum
- 1670 Broadway in Denver, LEED Gold
Illinois placed number one in the rankings and Maryland rounded out the top three.