Connecticut ranked among the last of all U.S. states in constructing buildings to top environmental standards, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
Connecticut ranked No. 38 of the 50 states in the total square footage per capita certified in 2012 under the USGBC's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program.
LEED ranks buildings platinum, gold, silver, and certified depending on the environmental impact of the construction process and ongoing use of the facility. USGBC is considered the leading authority on green construction.
In 2012, Connecticut had 2,016,713 square feet of commercial and institutional buildings certified under the LEED program for either renovations or new construction. That works out to 0.56 square feet LEED certified per person in Connecticut in 2012.
Virginia led all states with 3.71 square feet per person, followed by Colorado, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maryland. Washington, D.C. outpaced all states with 37 square feet per person.
Connecticut was the second worst of the six New England states, followed only by Rhode Island. The worst state for LEED certifications was West Virginia at 0.08 square feet per person.