Georgia Ranks As Leading State for Green Building in 2022

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released its annual ranking of U.S. states leading the way on green building. Georgia ranks among the top 10 states for the first time since 2017, taking the number six spot. 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. “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.”

In 2022, Georgia had 66 LEED-certified projects, totaling over 24 million square feet or 2.25 square feet per capita. Office buildings, residential apartment buildings, government buildings and schools are among those that were LEED-certified last year.

Massachusetts topped the list with 3.76 LEED-certified square feet per resident. Other states ranking ahead of Georgia include Illinois (3.47 square feet per capita), New York (3.17 square feet per capita), California (2.43 square feet per capita), and Maryland (2.39 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
*
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.

Additional information on the 2022 rankings, along with a listing of notable projects, can be found here.

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