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USGBC Names Top 10 LEED States

New York is this year’s overall top LEED state   January 30, 2024

By Greg Zimmerman, Senior Contributing Editor

New York has been named the top LEED state for 2023, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Top 10 LEED States list. Massachusetts, which was No. 1 in 2022, dropped to third, and Illinois, No. 1 in 2021, was second this year.  

New York compiled 201 certified LEED projects encompassing 93 million square feet, and led USGBC’s metric of square footage of LEED certified space per capita at 4.63. Illinois in second place was 3.2136 and Massachusetts narrowly in third at 3.2060 

“The LEED certification system is a vital tool for both organizations and governments seeking to create better living, working and learning spaces while addressing the urgent challenges of climate change, health and affordability,” said Peter Templeton, USGBC president and CEO, in a release. “The top 10 report highlights the remarkable progress of the public and private sectors towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, health impacts, and operating costs in buildings across their states. USGBC applauds the Top 10 states for their leadership in adopting the readily available technologies and proven green building solutions needed to advance healthy, responsible, and equitable communities in every state.” 

Check out a list of notable 2023 LEED projects on USGBC’s Top 10 LEED States page.  

Greg Zimmerman is senior contributing editor for and Building Operating Management magazine. 


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