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      USGBC Releases the Top 10 States in the Nation for LEED Green Building
      Minnesota is a newcomer to the list, ranking 10th

      The MSR-designed Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, in Northfield, Minnesota, is a featured project within the Top 10 States for LEED ranking. The Weitz Center, which received LEED Gold certification in 2013, is the college’s third project to earn LEED certification.

      Washington, D.C. — (18 February 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED, on which the state of Minnesota placed 10th.

      The list highlights the regions around the country that are at the forefront of the movement for sustainable building design, construction and operation. Utilizing less energy and water, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers, and the larger community.

      “In the face of the extraordinary global challenge of climate change, our national imperative to create resource-efficient and cost-effective green buildings has never been greater,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Minnesota has a strong base of dedicated individuals who are using LEED to transform its built infrastructure into high-performing spaces that promote the health of our planet and the people who use these buildings each and every day.”

      “The Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is proud to celebrate the state’s leadership in advancing green buildings in the state,” said Sheri Brezinka, executive director, USGBC Minnesota Chapter. “We look forward to continued partnerships with state and local government, business leaders and individuals who are committed to advocating for buildings and communities that are healthy and sustainable.”
      The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2013. Minnesota certified 51 projects representing 8,205,155 square feet of real estate, or 1.55 square feet per resident, in 2013.
      USGBC calculates the list using per-capita figures as a measure of the human element of green building, allowing for a fair comparison of the level of green building taking place among states with significant differences in population and, accordingly, number of overall buildings.
      Collectively, 1,777 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the top 10 states in 2013, representing 226.8 million square feet of real estate. Worldwide, 4,642 projects were certified in 2013, representing 596.8 million square feet.

      More than 20,000 projects representing 2.9 billion square feet of space have been LEED-certified worldwide, with another 37,000 projects representing 7.6 billion square feet in the pipeline for certification.

      USGBC launched LEED v4, the newest version of the rating system, in the fall of 2013. The latest version continues to raise the bar for the entire green building industry, which McGraw-Hill Construction projects could be worth up to $248 billion in the U.S. by 2016. LEED v4 features increased technical rigor; new market sector adaptations for data centers, warehouses and distribution centers, hospitality, existing schools, existing retail, and midrise residential projects; and a simplified submittal process supported by a robust and intuitive technology platform.

      —Courtesy of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

      You can learn more about the ranking and other top states and projects at the USGBC website.

    • the Weitz Center received USGBC LEED Gold certification in 2013
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