District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray recently announced that the District has surpassed 100 million square feet of space certified as meeting LEED standards — a “green” building program developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998. Only three other cities in the nation (each of them with much larger populations than the District’s) have passed this significant threshold — yet another sign that the nation’s capital is also a national leader in building with sustainability and environmental sensitivity in mind.
Only Chicago, New York and Houston have more total square footage of LEED-certified space than the District, and the District currently leads all U.S. cities in the total number of LEED projects. Per capita, the District has led all states and major cities in LEED-certified projects and square footage for several years. The District now has more than 155 square feet of LEED certified space per person — by far the highest of any large city.
“While we may not be one of the largest cities in the nation, we match and surpass the nation’s biggest metropolises in our commitment to green building,” said Mayor Gray. “The collaborative leadership on sustainable building across the District’s private sector, District agencies, and federal partners is truly outstanding. This is the type of innovation that will make the District the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the nation.”
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