Washington, D.C. — (Jan. 23, 2013) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, on which Illinois ranks No. 5. The per-capita list, which recognizes those states that are leading the way in transforming their buildings and communities and includes Washington, D.C., is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and reflects certifications for commercial and institutional buildings.
With 140,137,525 total square feet of LEED-certified space through 2012, Illinois certified 1.94 square feet per resident in 2012, standing behind Massachusetts, with 2.05 square feet, and in front of Maryland, with 1.90 square feet.
“By making this list, Illinois has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “I applaud the extraordinary leadership of everyone — from designers, architects, and chapter advocates to everyday citizens — who is working in Illinois to address the challenges of our time and create the healthiest possible environments for citizens to work, live and play.”
“The USGBC is in the vanguard of changing the way we design, construct and operate the places in which we live and work,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “We are truly honored by the Council’s recognition of our efforts to make Illinois state government operations more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly. My Green Governments Coordinating Council and I look forward to working with USGBC in 2013 to build a brighter, healthier, sustainable future.”