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List of Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings Released

January 19, 2012

Washington, DC – (Jan. 19, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. 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.

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Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings

January 19, 2012
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Top 10 States Square Footage LEED-Certified Per Capita in 2011
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LEED Silver National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC
LEED Gold Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CA
LEED Platinum Hyatt Center in Chicago, IL
LEED Gold Charlottesville Transit Station in Charlottesville, VA
LEED Silver Columbia Center in Seattle, WA
LEED Certified Inn & Conference Center at University of Maryland in Adelphi, MD
LEED Gold Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, MA
LEED Gold Williams Tower in Houston, TX
LEED Platinum TransAmerica Pyramid in San Francisco, CA
LEED Gold Empire State Building in New York, NY
LEED Gold Capella Tower in Minneapolis, MN

Today, USGBC released its top 10 list of states with the most LEED-certified building square footage per capita. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011, and Colorado is 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.

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U.S. Green Building Council and 15 Partners Release Green Building Executive Action Report

January 18, 2012

Report provides new recommendations to the Obama Administration for accelerating progress on advancing energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2012) – Along with 15 partners, the U.S. Green Building Council today released a report that recommends nearly three dozen executive actions across 23 agency programs where the Obama Administration can drive the economic and environmental benefits of green building without new legislation.

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Green Building to be a Priority at Rio+20

January 17, 2012

Climate policy wonks are used to reading leaked draft text in advance of international negotiations. However, the 19 page draft text for the upcoming United Nations Convention on Sustainable Development Rio+20 Conference is unique for being leaked so far in advance of the June meeting. Climate policy nerds like me are pretty excited over this fortuitous accident.

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USGBC and AIA Announce second Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow

January 12, 2012

Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP, Selected to Head Haiti Sustainable Rebuilding Efforts

Washington, DC – (Jan. 12, 2012) – Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the process of rebuilding has taken another step forward with the selection of Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP, as the new Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow.

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Project Haiti: Rebuilding Better for Haiti's Children

January 12, 2012

The Center for Green Schools operates within a non-profit called the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). While the Center has a mission that is focused on schools and the students who attend them, USGBC’s broader mission is to create green buildings and communities for all, believing that everyone is entitled to live, breathe, learn and work in a healthy, sustainable environment.

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Where Were You? Haiti After the Earthquake

January 12, 2012

I’ll always remember where I was when I found out about the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. That evening, I was attending an event at the Newseum in Washington, DC, where Brian Williams of NBC News was the guest of honor. As the event was beginning, Mr. Williams stepped on stage and announced to the crowd that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake had just shaken Port au Prince. The reports were just starting to come in, but fatalities were expected to be in the thousands.

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