Oregon No. 5 in top 10 LEED states
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
The Allison Inn and Spa
Oregon ranks fifth in a list of the top 10 states for green buildings certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification system. That's according to a new tally out from the U.S. Green Building Council, which oversees the building certification program.
Oregon had 4.07 square feet of LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.
Topping the list was the District of Columbia, which had 25.15 square feet per capita.
According to the 2010 census, Oregon had a population of 3.8 million, compared to the District of Columbia with just 600,000 and a high number of LEED-certified federal buildings.
Rounding out the top five on the U.S. Green Building Council's list of top LEED states were No. 2, Nevada, with 10.92 square feet of LEED-certified space per capita; New Mexico with 6.35 square feet per capita; and New Hampshire with 4.49 square feet per capita.
With 3.16 square feet of LEED space per capita, Washington ranked No. 7.
Notable 2010 projects singled out by the green building council included The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, which announced last April that it earned a LEED-Gold certification for its green design and construction, one of just 25 hotels worldwide to do so.
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