In a First, Arizona Wins Place on LEED Top 10 List

A Tempe office building set a national ENERGY STAR record recently when it received its 15th consecutive ENERGY STAR certification. Now, Arizona won a new accolade as the state secured a position for the first time in the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Top 10 States for LEED list.

A Tempe office building set a national ENERGY STAR record recently when it received its 15th consecutive certification. Now, Arizona has achieved elite green status of another kind. For the first time, the state has secured a position in the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual list of the top 10 states for LEED certification.

States were ranked by the volume of space per state resident for commercial and institutional green building projects that earned LEED certification in 2014. Arizona tied for tenth place with New York, registering 82 LEED certified projects that totaled close to 11.2 million square feet. That translates to a ratio of 1.74 square feet of certified space per capita.

For the second year in a row, Illinois took first place on USGBC’s list. Last year, 174 projects totaling almost 42.5 million square feet were certified in the state, equivalent to 3.31 square feet of per capita. Rounding out the top 10 were Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Hawaii, California, Georgia and Minnesota.

“Every story about a green building is a story about people,” said USGBC’s CEO Rick Fedrizzi in a statement. “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.”