Green LEED buildings impact: 103,000 jobs, $9 billion



  • Green building, big benefits.
  • Green buildings payoff: 103,000 jobs, $9 billion economic impact.
  • Colorado ranked No. 5 for green LEED buildings in 2015.
Snapshot of LEED green building activity in Colorado in 2015.

Snapshot of LEED green building activity in Colorado in 2015.

Green buildings in Colorado translates into lot of green for the economy.

Colorado was ranked No. 5 in the nation for LEED buildings in 2015, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED construction is projected to support 103,000 jobs in Colorado and have a total impact on GDP of $9.05 billion from 2015-2018, according to an impact study by USGBC. USGBC developed the LEED rating system and certifies buildings as LEED.

“LEED creates jobs and increases opportunities for Colorado’s workers and businesses while contributing billions of dollars to the state’s economy,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC

The annual ranking is developed by analyzing each state in terms of square feet of LEED certified space per state resident.

In Colorado, that equated to 2.43 square feet per resident.

Last year, 95 projects with a total of 12.2 million square feet, were certified in Colorado.

Illinois was No. 1 with 161 LEED-certified projects, equating to 3.43 square foot per resident.

“Colorado is a nationwide leader in green building and LEED certification,” Fedrizzi said.

“LEED has become an essential standard for the transformation of building design and construction. LEED certified buildings drive economic growth, creates jobs and makes communities healthier,” he added.

“With a focus on health and the built environment, Coloradans are persistently blazing a trail for LEED certifications and sustainable building,” said Patti Mason, executive director, USGBC-Colorado Chapter.

“Projects such as the RTD Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility, which blew past their goal of LEED Silver and achieved LEED Gold; Lionstone Gates, a multi-family low-rise consisting of 262 LEED Gold units; and school districts that strive to teach kids how to live green, showcase how the Centennial State has become a model for green building,” according to Mason.

Some notable projects that certified in Colorado in 2015 include:

  • Republic Plaza in Denver, LEED Gold
  • Granite Tower in Denver, LEED Gold
  •  Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility in Denver, LEED Gold
  • North Colorado Springs Readiness Center, Colorado Springs, LEED Platinum
  • Laurel Village Residence Halls (LEED Gold) and Laurel Village Pavilion (LEED Platinum), Colorado State University
  • Pueblo County Judicial Center, LEED Silver
  • City of Boulder Fire Station 8, LEED Silver

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John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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