Canada took top honours for the second year in a row as the leading country in the U.S. Green Building Council’s ranking of the Top 10 Countries for LEED.
“Canada cements its status as a world leader in the international green building and environmental sustainability movement,” stated a joint news release last week by the USGBC and the Canada Green Building Council.
CaGBC’s record of 4,736 commercial and industrial buildings registered or certified in 2014 was far ahead of the second-place finisher, China, with 1,968.
LEED is the acronym for the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification.
“By leading the global adoption of LEED, Canada’s building industry is demonstrating how business and sustainability can go hand in hand to reduce environmental impacts, including carbon emissions,” said CaGBC President and CEO Thomas Mueller. “Building owners and developers are increasingly making LEED an integral part of doing business, spurring demand for innovative products, technologies, and services and, in the process, creating jobs and positive bottom lines.”
“At a time when the world needs real leadership to solve the problems facing us all, Canadian business leaders, policy-makers, and consumers have turned to LEED to show the international community what we can do at the local level to promote real, substantive change,” said USGBC CEO and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi. (h/t to Clean Energy Canada for first pointing us to this story)