Massachusetts Tops the List, Leads Country in Green Building in 2022 Rankings

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Peter Templeton

Washington, D.C. – Massachusetts led the nation in green building in 2022, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which today released its annual ranking of U.S. states leading the way on green building.

Massachusetts topped the list with 96 LEED certified projects, encompassing over 26 million square feet that were LEED-certified in 2022, equating to nearly 3.76 LEED-certified square feet per resident.

USGBC’s ranking is based on LEED-certified gross square footage per capita over the past year. The LEED rating system is the world’s most widely used green building program and was created by USGBC as a leadership standard defining best practices for healthy, high-performing green buildings.

“It was a strong year for LEED certifications across the U.S. as companies and governments embrace LEED as a tool for meeting ESG goals and organizational commitments to climate action, occupant wellbeing and resource efficiency,” said Peter Templeton, USGBC president and CEO. “In Massachusetts and beyond, LEED buildings are environmentally friendly, cutting their emissions and waste, and use less energy and water. At the same time, they also help reduce operational and maintenance costs, contributing to the bottom line.”

The states following Massachusetts in the rankings were Illinois (3.47 square feet per capita), New York (3.17 square feet per capita), and California (2.43 square feet per capita).

As a federal territory, Washington, D.C., does not appear in the official top 10 list of states, but it consistently leads the nation in LEED-certified square footage per capita, in part because of the federal government and District’s ongoing commitments to green building. In 2022, the nation’s capital certified over 46 square feet of space per resident across 115 green building projects.

All top ten states are listed here:

Rank

State

Projects

Gross area (SqFt)

2022 GSF Per Capita

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District of Columbia

115

31,759,516

46.06

1

Massachusetts

96

26,442,008

3.76

2

Illinois

91

44,577,321

3.48

3

New York

142

64,042,120

3.17

4

California

386

96,457,139

2.44

5

Maryland

80

14,769,661

2.39

6

Georgia

66

24,068,422

2.25

7

Colorado

59

12,532,909

2.17

8

Virginia

95

16,289,394

1.89

9

Texas

174

48,717,532

1.67

10

Oregon

36

6,066,035

1.43

In 2022, the top 10 states certified 1,225 projects and over 353 million gross square feet under LEED.

Since it was first established in 1998, LEED’s metrics-based system has set the standard for healthy, resilient, green buildings. In 2022, USGBC surpassed 100,000 LEED certified projects globally, totaling more than 11 billion certified gross square feet.

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