List of Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings Released

by Glenn Hasek February 07, 2012 04:24

Almost every day I receive a request for the current list of LEED certified/registered hotels. I just put in a request to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the most recent list. Be sure to check back here for it soon. In the meantime, you may be interested in some recent news from USGBC in regard to the top 10 states for LEED certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. Keep in mind that this list includes more than hotels. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED certified space per person in 2011, with Colorado being the leading state, with 2.74 square feet per person in 2011. Other top states include Illinois, Virginia and Washington, with 2.69, 2.42 and 2.18 square feet of LEED certified space per person, respectively. These states are followed by Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas, California, New York and Minnesota. One of the most notable newly certified projects in 2011 is the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.

Other notable recently certified projects include the LEED Platinum Casey Middle School in Boulder, Colo.; the iconic Wrigley Building in Chicago; Frito-Lay in Lynchburg, Va., which earned LEED Gold for the operations and maintenance of an existing building; the LEED Silver Hard Rock Café in Seattle; Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md.; Yawkey Distribution Center of The Greater Boston Food Bank in Mass.; the LEED Gold Austin Convention Center in Texas; SFO's LEED Gold Terminal 2 in San Francisco; the LEED Platinum Hotel Skyler in Syracuse, N.Y.; and the LEED Platinum Marquette Plaza in Minneapolis.

In December 2011, USGBC announced that LEED certified existing buildings outpaced their newly built counterparts by 15 million square feet on a cumulative basis. For the full list of LEED certified projects visit


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Glenn Hasek is the publisher and editor of Green Lodging News. He has more than 20 years of experience writing about the lodging industry. He can be reached at or by phone at (813) 510-3868.