Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) ranked Virginia as the top state for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in its annual ranking.
In 2012, Virginia certified 170 projects, which encompassed 29.7 million square feet of LEED-certified space. With 3.71 square feet of certified space per capita, the Commonwealth moved up two places from last year.
Cooper Vineyards of Louisa County was recognized as the first winery on the East Coast to achieve LEED Platinum status.
USGBC is an international organization made up of 77 chapters, 13,000 member organizations, and 181,000 LEED professionals with a mission to build a more sustainable future.
USGBC manages LEED, one of the most renowned green building programs in the world. LEED provides certification programs for the efficient and environmentally-friendly design, construction and operation of a variety of buildings. According to USGBC, LEED certifies 1.6 million square feet of building space each day.
LEED-certified spaces not only offer a healthier environment, the efficiency gains yield a direct impact to a company’s bottom line. Virginia’s leadership in this area illustrates the Commonwealth’s innovative approach to providing a competitive environment in which companies can do business.
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