The U.S. Green Building Council just announced its Top 10 States for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Massachusetts tops the list this year and marks a major push for companies to make their buildings green. The annual ranking is based on criteria like sustainable building design and construction. LEED is the world’s most used green building rating system.
Mahesh Ramanjuam, president and CEO of USGBC, said in a KFVE article that LEED serves as a guide for communities to create more energy-efficient buildings that are healthier for residents. He said states that lead the way in this green movement are making steps toward a more sustainable future.
Massachusetts is the leading state and claimed its top spot this year with 136 LEED certified projects. The ranking gauged these projects in terms of LEED-certified space per resident. Under this assessment, Illinois and Colorado have made the list every year since 2010.
New York joined Massachusetts on the list confirming the Northeast’s movement toward green-building projects. Companies shifting toward green buildings are serving the environment and the economy. According to a USGBC study in 2015, green construction will make up more than 3.3 million jobs and create $190.3 billion in labor earnings.