Washington D.C., Feb. 4 — Illinois has been ranked the No. 1 LEED state by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system uses a point scale to determine what level of certification a project deserves: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
The Rockford Region alone has nine LEED-certified buildings, including three Gold Certified buildings. In 2014, the USGBC certified 174 projects within Illinois. Some of the Rockford properties include:
In USGBC’s press release, Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, is quoted explaining the importance of being green, “Every story about a green building is a story about people… 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.”
Larson & Darby also understands the importance of energy efficiency for environment and economic prosperity. Michael Dudek, Larson & Darby Director of Construction Administration and Sustainability, was the 2014 Chair of USGBC’s Northern Illinois Branch which coordinates events and programs to promote green practices within the area. They held 11 events in 2014, including LEED building tours, educational programs and networking opportunities for local businesses.
Read the full press release here.
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