The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its list of the top ten states based on their LEED status within 2014.

Using the number of certified projects in each state along with the total square feet and per-capita square footage that fell under LEED categorization, the compiled figures show significant progress in establishing more environmentally-friendly buildings. Overall, more than 251 million square feet was LEED certified during the course of the year, not including Washington D.C.

California ranked at number 7 in the top ten, boasting more than 69 million square feet. Although, the top state, Illinois, had more than 42 million square feet approved, California had the highest number of projects certified, with 517.

USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi explained in a press release the role that LEED certification plays in promoting better green practices. Among other notable changes this time, 2014 saw Georgia and Arizona join the list.

“LEED certified buildings and the innovations they have driven contribute substantially to our national economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life in the communities where they are found,” he said. “We commend the business and community leaders, policy makers and green building professionals in each of these states for making the commitment to create a healthier, more sustainable future.”
The organization also said that 2014 marks the first year in which more than 675 million square feet was LEED certified globally, an increase of more than 13 percent over the amount certified during the previous year.

All companies should pursue environmental office solutions that work with the system they use to keep energy costs down and create a positive global impact. Working in an environmentally-friendly office is just one part: after you find a place that fits government standards you can research other related green practices.