For the second straight year the U.S. Green Building Council named Illinois No. 1 for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday.
The story, “Illinois tops rankings for green buildings,” explains how the USGBC evaluates building projects in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. LEED-certified spaces use less energy, save water and money, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment.
Examples please! – Illinois had 174 projects certified in 2014 and a per-capita square footage of 3.31. Certified projects included:
- Ridgewood High School in Norridge,
- Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield Hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign,
- the AON Center in Chicago and
- the NBC Tower in Chicago.
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