Utah slides into nation’s top 10 for ‘green’ buildings

Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has propelled itself into the top 10 states in the nation for the amount of per-capita building space designed and built as “green.”

There were 31 LEED-certified projects in Utah for 2015, the designation that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The annual national ranking by the U.S. Green Building Council puts Utah among the front-runners for the first time because of projects that encompassed nearly 4.5 million square feet of real estate incorporating sustainable features using less energy, water and reducing carbon emissions.

“Utah is a nationwide leader in green building and LEED certification. LEED creates jobs and increases opportunities for Utah’s workers and businesses while contributing billions of dollars to the state’s economy,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chairman of the council. (…)

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