The United States Green Building Council has ranked Illinois fourth in new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications.
Illinois features 140 million square feet, or 1.94 square feet per resident of LEED certified space, behind Virginia, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Illinois had 156 certified LEED projects in 2012, and Rock Valley College's Jacob's Center recently achieved gold certification. Buildings can achieve certification through sustainable spaces and energy efficient features.
"We are so proud of our state's achievements in green building," Katie Kaluzny, interim executive director, USGBC Illinois Chapter said. "We look forward to continued partnerships with state and local leaders to advance sustainable building and communities across Illinois."
There are almost 50 projects on the Illinois Capital Development Board currently slated to meet LEED certification.
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