Maryland tops list of states for green building

January 25, 2013

Maryland is making headlines for its green spaces. The Baltimore Sun reports that the state has almost 11 million square feet of building space labeled as environmentally friendly. This accreditation makes it one of the top states in the nation for such a designation.

The Free State is ranked at number six for the amount of space per capita that has gained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the United States Green Building Council. Only Washington D.C., Colorado, Massachusetts and Illinois have achieved standings that surpassed those attained by Maryland.

“When it comes to green building, Maryland has much to be proud of,” said Mary Pulcinella, executive director of the council’s Maryland chapter, according to the news source. “From neighborhoods to schools, public policy to building code, we are designing and developing better communities.”

LEED certification is one of the most widely recognized green standards across the world. Both governmental and non-governmental organizations have focused on developing the sustainability of buildings and services to better fit the green measures laid out by the USGBC.

“Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in Maryland,” Rick Fedrizzi, the U.S. Green Building Council’s president and CEO, told the news source. “From architects and designers to local chapter advocates, their collective efforts have brought sustainable building design and use to the forefront of Maryland’s discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of Maryland.”

Maryland is not the only state with a dedicated force trying to improve its sustainability. In Pennsylvania, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is hoping to persuade commercial building owners and developers to integrate the use of energy-efficient technologies and solutions. The initiative was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and is trying to reducing the environmental impact of commercial structures, which traditionally consume a large amount of energy in comparison to residential buildings.

New ventures are being introduced across the nation to start building smart cities that are intended to incorporate the needs of a growing population. Sustainability is key in these potential plans, as well as maximizing the use of space. For metro hubs like Harrisburg or Philadelphia, the use of energy-efficient technologies and focus on sustainability could provide numerous benefits to the citizens and business within the cities.