California ranked seventh on the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual ranking of the nation’s top 10 states for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the certification program that recognizes green-building construction strategies and practices.
Rankings are based on per-capita square footage of structures receiving LEED certification in 2014.
California’s LEED-certified square footage equaled 1.87 square feet per resident in 2014. Illinois ranked No. 1 at 3.31 square feet per resident.
In terms of the number of structures and square footage certified in 2014, California was the nation’s leader, with 517 and 69.7 million square feet, respectively. By comparison, top-ranked per-capita state Illinois had 174 structures and 42.5 million square feet that were LEED-certified in 2014.
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LEED-certified buildings use less energy and water resources, reduce carbon emissions and generally foster a healthier environment. LEED certification also considers environmentally friendly materials used in construction.
Among the notable projects certified in California in 2014 and cited by the USGBC were Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, and the CalPERS Lincoln Plaza East/West site in Sacramento.
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