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March 15, 2018

Top 10 LEEDing States in 2017

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its eighth iteration of its Top Ten LEED States. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) has once again proven to be the most prevalent green building certification program in the United States and in 2017 there were 2,647 projects LEED certified equating to over 484 million square feet of space.

In total, more than 40,000 commercial projects representing more than 6.5 billion square feet of space have been LEED-certified to date worldwide, and another 51,000 projects representing 13 billion square feet are in the certification pipeline.

How Are States Ranked

The USGBC ranks the states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident, allowing for a fair comparison among states with significant differences in population and number of overall buildings.

Because of this system, Massachusetts, fourth in terms of total LEED square footage, retains its top ranking for 2017. New York moved up two spots from fourth to second and Hawaii makes its debut on the Top 10 list in the third position. California had the most LEED square footage with almost 89 million square feet of certified real estate but was ranked eighth of the Top 10 LEED States. Here is the complete listing of the top 10 states:

2017 Top 10 States for LEED

Top States for LEED in 2017
Washington, D.C. is not included in this list because of its status as a federal territory, however it achieved 39.83 square feet of LEED space per resident – more than any individual state.

Types of Building Projects

In 2017, the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) system was again the more popular rating system with more than 50% of total certified square footage. Second was LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) and finally was LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C).

Here are a few projects that earned LEED certification in 2017:

  • Minnesota: U.S. Bank Stadium, 1.8 million square foot professional sports facility in Minneapolis, achieved LEED Gold
  • Illinois: Chicago Children’s Museum, a 15,300 square foot mixed use education and performing arts facility in Chicago, achieved LEED Gold
  • Massachusetts: Boston Public Market, a 28,000 square foot indoor, year round marketplace with 40 regional food vendors in Boston, achieved LEED Silver
  • Georgia: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a 1.9 million square foot professional sports stadium in Atlanta, achieved LEED Platinum
  • California: LA Lakers Headquarters, a 96,800 square foot commercial office building in El Segundo, achieved LEED Silver
  • Maryland: MGM National Harbor, a 1.3 million square foot casino resort in Oxon Hill, achieved LEED Gold
  • Hawaii: The Moana Surfrider Resort by Westin, a 605,400 square foot resort and spa in Honolulu, achieved LEED certified


LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for occupants and the community at large.

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