By Nina Wu
For the first time, Hawaii has made the U.S. Green Building Council's list of "Top 10 States for LEED."
Hawaii placed ninth in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The list highlights regions around the U.S. that are at the forefront of the movement for sustainable building design, construction and operation. The goal of LEED-certified spaces is to utilize less energy and water, reduce carbon emission and contribute to a healthier environment.
"Hawaii's recognition as one of the top 10 states for LEED buildings speaks volumes about the vigorous and progressive actions taken by our government, education, hospitality and military communities," said Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie. "The state is committed to fulfilling its clean energy goals, and I applaud all of those involved for their continued commitment toward energy efficiency."
Some Hawaii projects that became LEED certified in 2013:
>> Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, LEED Silver
>> Punahou School Omidyar K-1 in Honolulu, LEED Gold
>> Kaiakea Fire Station in Kapaa, LEED Silver
>> Maui Community College Science Building, LEED Gold
>> Hickam Air Force Base F-22 composite repair facility, LEED Gold
According to www.gbig.org, Honolulu has 172 green buildings and about 3.2 million square feet of LEED certified space (most of it at the gold level).
Illinois got the top-ranking spot, with 2.29 per-capita square feet of LEED space in 2013; Maryland was second with 2.20 per-capita square feet; Virginia came in third, with 2.11 per-capita square feet.
California and New York tied for fifth place with 1.92 per-capita square feet of LEED space in 2013.