Nevada LEEDs

Nevada ranked among the “Top 10 States for LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design]” in 2012 according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Well, technically, the state is number 11, but while the list also includes Washington, D.C., the District of Columbia was not classified as a state on the rankings.

“In a state that is still reeling from the economic downturn, it is a great pleasure to see Nevada ranked among the top states for LEED-certified projects,” Dave Ray, president of Nevada’s USGBC chapter, said in a prepared statement. “The diversity of the state’s 2012 projects is impressive, with not only municipalities, casinos and convention centers participating, but small businesses, utilities and transportation hubs as well.”

According to the infographic on the USGBC website, Nevada has 29 LEED certified projects in 2012, which equals 3.7 million sq. ft certified. Projects included the NOW Foods distribution center in Sparks, LEED Silver; North Las Vegas City Hall, LEED Gold; and the Green Flag Facility at Nellis Air Force Base, LEED Silver.