Levi Strauss headquarters in San Francisco, LEED Gold

SAN FRANCISCO-Earlier this week, as GlobeSt.com reported, the US Green Building Council released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012. According to the list, California ranks No. 9 thanks to a few buildings in Northern California.

With 309.1 million total square feet of LEED-certified space through 2012, California certified 1.46 square feet per resident last year, standing behind Washington, with 1.56 square feet, and in front of Texas, with 1.43 square feet, according to the report.

Notable projects that certified in 2012 in California include:

  • Levi Strauss headquarters in San Francisco, LEED Gold
  • Wounded Warrior headquarters and Hope and Care Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, LEED Platinum
  • Siena Youth Center in Redwood City, LEED Platinum
  • Mojave Water Agency headquarters in Apple Valley, LEED Gold
  • The eight-building Knight Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, LEED Platinum
  • Adobe Systems headquarters in San Jose, Platinum in LEED for Commercial Interiors

“Passion, education and dedication are the foundation of the volunteer efforts of USGBC chapters in California,” says Lorraine Alexander, chair, USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter. “We are pleased and encouraged by the news of our ranking in the top 10. Chapter efforts matter — and bring light to our critical mission. We look forward to continuing to raise awareness about green building in our communities as we influence, inspire and inform.”