3 billion square feet — but who's counting?
At USGBC, we've had no shortage of notable milestones of late. Beyond the launch of LEED v4 in November, an extraordinary accomplishment that's poised to push the green building industry to new heights, we also certified our 20,000th commercial project in December and crossed the 50,000 LEED-certified homes mark in January.
There's no question we've come a long way since LEED launched 14 years ago, and this achievement got us thinking about other notable "3 billions" out there. Here's a few:
- The amount Facebook offered Snapchat to buy it last year (and got turned down by its 23-year-old CEO!)
- Pizzas sold in the U.S. every year
- Years ago that oxygen first appeared in Earth's atmosphere
- Plastics bags used in Singapore every year
- Starbucks cups used every year
- Base pairs of DNA in the human genome
- Expected viewers of the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics
- Hours spent playing video games around the world every week
- Pounds of waste generated per year from plastic water bottles
- Miles to Neptune (approximately)
Any other big-time "3 billions" you know of? Share in the comments below.