This State Has The Greenest Buildings In America

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Measuring your carbon footprint is one way to find out your level of greenness. But it isn’t the only way.Using U.S. 2010-Census information, the U.S. Green Building Council has compiled a list of the top green states in the country, factoring in LEED-certified buildings per capita (via Curbed).

Developed by the USGBC, LEED “provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions,” the organisation writes on its website.

We’ve rounded up the top-scoring states, including some relevant statistics provided by the USGBC.

#10 Minnesota

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 9,591,445

Per capita: 1.81

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#9 New York

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 36,538,981

Per capita: 1.89

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#8 California

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 71,551,296

Per capita: 1.92

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#7 Texas

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 50,001,476

Per capita: 1.99

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#6 Massachusetts

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 13,087,625

Per capita: 2.00

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#5 Maryland

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 11,970,869

Per capita: 2.07

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#4 Washington

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 14,667,558

Per capita: 2.18

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#3 Virginia

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 19,358,193

Per capita: 2.42

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#2 Illinois

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 34,567,585

Per capita: 2.69

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

#1 Colorado

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 13,803,113

Per capita: 2.74

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

BONUS: It's not a state, but the District of Columbia has more green buildings than anywhere else in the U.S.

Square feet of LEED-certified space: 18,954,022

Per capita: 31.50

Note: The USGBC does not refer to the District of Columbia as a state in its ranking, but for simplicity's sake, we've included it as one.

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

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