By Jodi Summers
The feud between CalGreen and LEED is in full swing. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) did not include California on its 2010 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. Of course since California has 37,000,000 million people or about 12% of the U.S. population, it’s a tough game to win. Given the parameters of per capita, the District of Columbia leads the nation, with 25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2010…and only 572, 059 people. Nevada is the leading state, with 10.92 square feet per person in 2010, and 2,643,085 people in 2009.
Other top states include the low population states New Mexico and New Hampshire and Oregon.
“Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most,” said USGBC SVP of LEED, Scot Horst.
The top LEED states per capita, according to the USGBC:
* District of Columbia: 25.15 sf
* Nevada: 10.92 sf
* New Mexico: 6.35 sf
* New Hampshire: 4.49 sf
* Oregon: 4.07 sf
* Washington: 3.16 sf
* Illinois: 3.09 sf
* Arkansas: 2.9 sf
* Colorado: 2.85 sf
* Minnesota: 2.77 sf
USGBC’s LEED green building certification system is the most popular program for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings. Over 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 7.9 billion square feet of construction space in 50 states and 117 countries.
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