Minnesota is ahead of the curve in LEED certification, ranking 19th out of the 50 states in total number of LEED-certified buildings. In its commitment to sustainability, the University of St. Thomas has established a policy that all new buildings be constructed to LEED silver status.
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal – by Ed Stych
August 5, 2011
Minnesota ranks 19th among states nationwide when it comes number of LEED-certified environmentally friendly commercial spaces, according to a new analysis.
The U.S. Green Building Council has certified 8,776 commercial spaces nationwide through its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program as of June.
The Memphis Business Journal, a sister paper of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, analyzed the council’s data.
A few tidbits from the report:
* Minnesota has eight platinum-certified buildings, the highest level of LEED certification. The largest is the Marquette Plaza in Minneapolis. There are 56 buildings with gold certification, 41 with silver, and the remaining have the “certified” label.
* Minneapolis has 33 LEED-certified buildings, the most of any Minnesota city. St. Paul has eight, and Bloomington has six.
* Minnesota’s largest LEED-certified building is the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis with 1.9 million square feet. The Best Buy Co. was second, followed by the Wells Fargo Center in Minneapolis.
* The smallest LEED-certified building in Minnesota is the CFNA building in Rochester with 1,183 square feet. A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka is the smallest gold-certified location with 2,527 square feet.
LEED is a widely recognized program that certifies buildings as environmentally friendly and efficient in their energy and water use, among other factors.