Illinois leads nation in "green" building space for second straight year

SPRINGFIELD - A report released by the U.S. Green Building Council on Wednesday has named Illinois the state with the most environmentally friendly-certified building space in the nation for the second straight year.

According to the report, Illinois had 174 projects certified as environmentally friendly, adding up to more than 42 million square feet.  Colorado was placed in second, with 102 projects adding up to 16 million square feet.

Environmentally friendly, or green, buildings reduce carbon emissions, have a sustainable design, and use less water and energy.  Some of Illinois' projects that were certified last year include the Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield Hall at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus and the NBC Tower in Chicago.

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