The number of “green” buildings is growing across the country—and Massachusetts is leading the way with the most LEED-certified square feet per capita, according to new rankings released by the U.S. Green Building Council.
More than 60% of LEED certifications were from office, healthcare, higher education, and K-12 projects. Warehouses, distribution centers, multifamily, and retail projects represented nearly 20% of LEED certifications.
“If we are to rebuild an economy that supports our health and our planet, we must lead with changing the way we design and build,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, president, and CEO of USGBC. “Last year was a stark reminder that the quality of our buildings impacts the qualify of our life. Looking ahead, people want to trust that the spaces they occupy are good for them and their communities.”
USGBC’s 2020 rankings represent 1,171 certified LEED buildings and spaces. The top 10 states for LEED green building is based on gross square feet of certified space per person using 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional projects certified in 2020. The following are the top 10 state rankings for LEED green buildings in 2020: