On February 4, USGBC released its annual Top 10 States for LEED, and USGBC Maryland is glad to see our state ranked 10th on the list. With 113 certified projects spanning a total of 16,869,680 square feet, this marks the eighth consecutive year Maryland has made the Top 10 States for LEED list.
LEED-certified spaces create better environments for people, use less energy and water, and save money for businesses and families while also reducing carbon emissions and creating a healthier and more productive space for the larger community.
In addition, LEED supports state and local strategies to help mitigate climate change and increase sustainable development. There are more than 96,275 projects participating in LEED across 167 countries and territories, and it’s estimated that nearly 5 million people experience a LEED building on a daily basis.
“These Top 10 states are examples of how we can create lasting, measurable change and improve the quality of life for everyone in our communities. A better future requires a universal living standard that leaves no one behind—and that future would simply not be possible without the extraordinary work being done in these states,” said Mahesh Ramanujam President and CEO, USGBC.
Check out three LEED-certified projects in Maryland that helped contribute to this ranking in 2018:
The result of a multi-year effort to upgrade building operations, Oriole Park at Camden Yards received LEED Gold certification under LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance. Some of the practices leading to their certification included greater emphasis on sustainable waste management policies, paperless ticketing and improved lighting to reduce energy usage. Learn more about the Orioles’ environmental initiatives.
Celebrate with USGBC Maryland at Oriole Park at the Wintergreen Awards Celebration on March 7, from 5–8 p.m.
Named after civil rights activist Leola Dorsey, this resource center provides housing and social services for Howard County’s homeless population. This center is the first of its kind in Howard County to provide a place for people to have a hot meal, do laundry and receive donated necessities. Cost savings realized through the building’s efficient operations can be returned through services to the residents.
This transit-oriented development provides mixed-use retail and apartments connecting Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The community hopes to attain “green living” status, and tenants have a utility guarantee built into their rent allowing them to pre-determine cost savings on energy each month. To meet these standards, the project features energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as central hot water systems.