Illinois is #5 on the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012. The per-capita list, which recognizes those states that are leading the way in transforming their buildings and communities and includes Washington, D.C., is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and reflects certifications for commercial and institutional buildings.
With 140,137,525 total square feet of LEED-certified space through 2012, Illinois certified 1.94 square feet per resident in 2012, standing behind Massachusetts, with 2.05 square feet, and in front of Maryland, with 1.90 square feet. The District of Columbia tops the list.
Notable projects that certified in 2012 in Illinois include:
- KONE Centre in Moline, the first project in the state to achieve Platinum under the LEED: Core & Shell rating system
- The Chicago Center for Green Technology, the first municipal project in the country to receive LEED Platinum (2002), recertifying at Platinum under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system
- Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, LEED Gold
- Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Champaign, LEED for Schools Gold
- G&W Electric Co. in Bolingbrook, a supplier of electrical power equipment, LEED Gold
- Rush University Medical Center Tower in Chicago, LEED Gold
Worldwide, more than 15,000 commercial projects have certified under LEED, with more than 35,000 additional projects in the pipeline, totaling more than 10.3 billion square feet of space.