The total footprint of commercial real estate certified under USGBC’s LEED green building program has now exceeded two billion square feet, the council reveals. In addition, there is seven billion square feet in the pipeline around the globe. This translates into $554 billion annually into the economy, says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, in a prepared statement. It has also "helped support 7.9 million jobs across the US."
Another way to visualize this data: LEED certifies two million square feet of commercial building space each day in more than 130 countries. Also, there are nearly 50,000 commercial projects currently participating in LEED, comprising nine billion square feet of construction. Since the beginning of July, more than 300 projects have earned the certification in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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