Top 10 States with LEED-Certified Buildings

Posted on March 7th, 2011 by

The Green Building Council announces top ten states with the most LEED-certified buildings per capita. Also, how did NASCAR driver Carl Edwards perform with his Mustang running on ROUSH propane?

Top 10 States with LEED-Certified Buildings

Washington D.C. leads the nation inLEED-certified buildings per capita, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s analysis of 2010 Census records. “Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most,” said USGBC SVP of LEED, Scot Horst. The District of Columbia boasts 25-square feet of LEED-certified space per person. Nevada tops the fifty states with about 11 square feet per person. New Mexico is next with about six square feet and then New Hampshire and Oregon wrap up the top five states with more than four square feet of LEED-certified space per person.


DOE Hosts First Energy Conference

The DOE is holding the first ever conference of scientists and energy policy leaders to meet and discuss the successes of the department’s Energy Frontier Research Centers. These centers were formed to conduct energy research with top researchers from universities, nonprofits, national laboratories and private firms. The meeting, Science for our Nation’s Energy Future: Energy Frontier Research Centers Summit and Forum, is scheduled for May 25-27 in Washington D.C. The discussion will focus on the ways to apply America’s scientific and technical resources to improve energy technology such as carbon capture, nuclear energy and energy storage. Speakers include Energy Secretary Steven Chu, President of Stanford University John Hennessy and Eric Isaacs, Director of Argonne National Laboratory.


National Geothermal Academy Launches at University of Nevada

The National Geothermal Academy will hold its inaugural summer session from June 20 to Aug. 12 at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Academy is the first of its kind in the United States, bringing together a group of 40 students for an eight-week geothermal energy education program. The best geothermal schools around the U.S., including Cornell, Stanford, West Virginia University, and Dartmouth, are partnered with the University of Nevada to support the Academy whose goal is to improve the energy infrastructure to take advantage of America’s geothermal resources. The DOE provided a grant to help operate the institution, which will bring together Professors from member schools and professionals from the National Renewable Energy lab, ThermaSource and Western Cultural Resource Management. Topics such as exploration, drilling, policy, plant design and business development will be taught.


California Tomato Farm Goes Solar

Live Oak Farms has commissioned a solar photovoltaic system for their rooftops. Located in Central Valley, California, the farms are known for their ripe tomatoes and tangy bell peppers. The 272-kW rooftop PV system will reduce energy costs by 84 percent and will pay for itself in less than four years. The system was designed and installed by Cenergy Power of Merced, California to provide 370,000-kWh of energy per year.


NASCAR Continues to Promote Clean Fuel

ROUSH CleanTech powered NASCAR driver Carl Edwards’ Ford Mustang Nationwide Car in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. The car used alternative fuel to prove to millions of racing fans that propane autogas is a safe and affordable choice that is readily available. Edwards has already won two spots in the top ten, bringing Ford off to a great start. Using his propane fuel, Edwards came  in 6th in Saturday’s race. Roush CleanTech was launched in 2010 by Jack Roush in response to the need for broader fuel options.

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